Inheritance ‘stamps’ on sisters

When estranged half-sisters Jackie and Mary lose their mother, they find out she has a valuable stamp collection. The sisters clash when it comes to dealing with the find.

The Lamar University department of theatre and dance will present “Mauritius,” by Theresa Rebeck, a play about betrayal, corruption and sisterhood, 7:30 p.m., today through Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday, in the Studio Theatre.

The cast and guest director Carolyn Johnson have had to deal with a shortened rehearsal schedule due to Hurricane Harvey.

“We lost two weeks of rehearsal,” Chloe Sullivan, who plays Mary, said. “We had to condense our schedule, but, thankfully, we have been able to get the show on its feet.”

The aftermath of Harvey not only caused a loss of rehearsal time, but has also prompted to help with set construction and technical development.

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Eric Rozell stands over Sydney Haygood during the reversal of Mauritius in Lamar University’s Studio Theater, Oct. 2. UP photos by Noah Dawlearn.

Johnson describes the play as contemporary and edgy, something she believes should appeal to college students in particular.“The students in the theatre production classes have really stepped up to give us a hand,” Johnson said. “It’s helpful for them, too, because they get a better understanding of how everything works and how shows come together.”

Sophomore Christopher Shroff said he is interested to see how wrapped up people can get in a story about stamps. “I can’t wait to hear how people react to the twists and turns that the story takes,” he said.

Sydney Haygood, who plays Jackie, said “Mauritius” is an emotionally and psychologically-driven play.

“My character is a very guarded and cautious person,” Haygood said. “My personality is the complete opposite of hers, so this experience has been very challenging for me, but I’ve enjoyed how it’s pushed me as an actress.”

Sullivan said the experience of pushing to get the play ready in spite of the shortened schedule has brought the cast and crew together.

“We have become an incredibly close-knit cast throughout this experience,” she said. “I think our bond will show through our performances, which I hope creates a more realistic experience for those who come to watch.”

Johnson said “Mauritius” is unlike most shows students will see because it is a raunchy take on a quaint experience.

“The audience probably won’t expect all of the explicit language in the play but I hope it excites them,” Haygood said. “We also do a jazz-like performance for them, which will be quirky and fun.”

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Sydney Haygood, and Chloe Sullivan rehearsing during the production of Mauritius in Lamar University’s Studio Theater, Oct. 2. UP photos by Noah Dawlearn.

Shroff said Rebeck’s characters are well thought out and full of life.

“It is nothing like you’d think it would be — there are so many levels to it,” he said.

The play contains strong language and adult situations.

Tickets are $7 for LU and LIT students, $10 faculty, staff, seniors and for students, and $15 general admission.

Tickets may also be reserved by phone at 880-2250. The box office accepts cash, checks, and all major credit/debit cards.

Story by Olivia Malick, UP staff writer

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