McPherson College is celebrating its 100th year of theatre by bringing back a play that graced the stage 100 years ago — “The Hourglass” by William Butler Yeats.

“I’m proud to continue the traditional of quality and diverse theatre at McPherson College. One hundred years is a long time, and we’ve become known for what we do here.

 We continue to bring new works to the state of Kansas, entertain our season ticket holders and provide a well-rounded theatre education for our students,” said J.D. Bowman, associate professor of theatre at McPherson College, 

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on  Sept. 6, 7 and 8 in the Mingenback Theatre on McPherson College’s campus. 

Bowman said reservations are required because of  limited seating. 

“The Hourglass” was first performed in 1918 in the Mingenback Theatre.

 A special guest director, Kathryn Whiteacre, also the pastor of the McPherson Church of the Brethren, will be joining Bowman and the cast for the show. 

They play takes on the story of a professor who finds out he will die in our hour and be stuck in purgatory, or worse, because he has convinced people not to believe in God. The professor spends his last hour of life trying to find a believer. 

The professor is played by senior Erin Fralic, and the angel by junior Dani Wilcock.

Bowman also said that this is a short play and a brief discussion after the show will be open to the public. 

“Our season ticket holders get a pre-show performance where we will be audibly sharing the works of W.B. Yeats,” he said. 

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