Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 30, 2003

"Fish Don't Float" to be Staged at Whitworth, Local Churches

Greg Hutchins' drama, Fish Don't Float, which involves the audience in a study of Jesus' disciples set in an atheistic U.S. in the near future, will be staged on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium's Stage II at Whitworth College. The performance, featuring Harris Smith, associate professor and vice chair of theatre arts at the University of Nebraska, is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3707.

Smith will also present the drama at Colbert Presbyterian Church, in Colbert, Wash., on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. and at Knox Presbyterian Church, in Spokane, on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Both performances are free. For more information, please contact Colbert Presbyterian Church at (509) 468-9923 or Knox Presbyterian Church at (509) 328-7540.

Fish Don't Float is the story of Jesus' disciples, set 12 years into the future in the United States. An atheistic government rules the nation and all religion is illegal. Smith plays Peter, who describes his life as a modern-day fisherman. The play incorporates community participation; Smith will cast people from the community to play three other roles: the leader of an underground congregation (the congregation will be played by the audience), a soldier, and an officer of the subversive activities commission.

"Fish Don't Float is theatre at its most engaging," says Whitworth Professor of Theatre Rick Hornor. "The structure of the play demands audience involvement, spiritually and literally."

Harris earned a bachelor's degree in theatre arts from Montana State University and an M.F.A. in acting from the University of Washington. He has acted professionally with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, A Contemporary Theatre, the St. Louis Black Repertory, the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Harris has worked on such films as Runaway Train, Singles, Past Midnight and Amazing Grace & Chuck. He also has appeared in television shows and is a certified teacher of stage combat.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Rick Hornor, professor of theatre, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4430 or rhornor@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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