October 1-5, 2013
Set in Birmingham, Ala., in 1978, the play follows the journey of Marlene as she wrestles with the accidental death of her husband. Director Gaye Jeffers says the plot is revealed in a beautifully poetic style, inviting the viewer to enter the past and relive the events of the night that forever changed a community of steel workers and their wives.
"I was drawn to Sally Nemeth's play because of the strong and powerful young woman who is at the core of this work," says Jeffers. "Many of us have or will face a life-altering event, as the character of Marlene does in 'Mill Fire.' Marlene's fight is with the past, and Nemeth's use of time shifts and ghostly apparitions is a wonderfully rich reminder of the power of the human spirit to push through the tough times."
Nemeth will take part in a post-show discussion during her visit, as well as offer a writing workshop for students and community members. Her work includes award-winning plays as well as writing for television series such as "Law & Order."
This production showcased nine UTC theater students as well as the designs of two new faculty members: set designer Adam Miecielica, a visiting assistant professor, and costume designer Stephanie Henderson, who recently designed opera in Italy. Other production staff members include John R. Burgess as lighting designer and technical director, and UTC Theatre student Cricket Glenn as stage manager.