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MSU Law Writer In Residence, Sandra Seaton, interviewed on WLNZ Radio. (February 14, 2011)

A Bed Made in Heaven

Performance Network Theatre's Fireside Festival presents a staged reading of
MSU College of Law Writer in Residence Sandra Seaton's new play.

Sunday, December 5, 2010
8 p.m.

There will be a post-performance talkback

A Bed Made in Heaven explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Set in 1801 during Jefferson's first presidency, the play is an imaginative recreation of a complex, vital Sally Hemings who refuses to be identified merely as a mistress and a conflicted Jefferson forced to decide how to deal with a scandal threatening his presidency.  Bringing to the stage a story two centuries old whose fascination seems only to grow in the twenty-first century, A Bed Made in Heaven raises fundamental questions about American politics and private life.

A “Pay-What-You-Can” event, with a suggested donation of $10.

Performance Network Theatre
120 E Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1437
734-663-0681

Music History

Music History, written by Sandra Seaton and directed by John Lepard, is a full-length play about African American college students from Chicago at the University of Illinois during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. When Etta and Walter meet at Walter's apartment, the sparks are there as well as the conflicts. Walter, intellectual, hip, newly returned from the SNNC's (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) voter registration campaign in Mississippi, is struggling to readjust to life on campus with an eye to returning to his work with SNCC. Etta, an independent free spirit, tries to gain Walter's trust. Etta and Walter must deal with social pressures and racial segregation as they come to terms with themselves and each other in this coming-of-age drama that connects the personal and the political, the desire for personal fulfillment and a commitment to social change.

Performance times:

  • Thursday, November 11 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 12 - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 13 - 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 14 - 2 p.m.

All performances are held at the Arena Theatre in the lower level of Fairchild Auditorium.

Tickets are available through the Wharton Center box office.

Music History was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Symposium: Dramatization and Context: Music History

A symposium and roundtable about Music History and the legal and moral issues raised by the play will take place Friday, November 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the third floor of the MSU Museum, which is centrally and conveniently located on the main campus. There is no charge for the symposium. Featured panelists will include Prof. Renee Knake of the MSU College of Law and Mary Ferguson, director of Diversity Services.

The Symposium and Roundtable, entitled Dramatization and Context: Music History, will be an all-day affair following the play’s premiere and will include lively participation from a diverse audience including both scholars and students from different disciplines and also the general public. The symposium is being organized by Gabriel Dotto, director of the MSU Press.

The play and symposium are sponsored by the MSU College of Law, the Michigan Humanties Council, the MSU Department of Theatre, and James Madison College.


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