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BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 5, 2014 – The King University Fine Arts Building in Bristol,
Tenn., will be the site of the Fall Play “Hospitality Suite” by King University’s
Theatre Department. The audience will enjoy a story revolved around religion, character,
and honesty directed by King senior Wayne Thomas.
The play will serve as Thomas’ senior capstone project. “Hospitality Suite is a play
that examines themes of religion in relation to one’s social endeavors and professional
duties,” says Thomas. “I am excited and honored to work with such a talented cast
The play takes place in a small room in Wichita, Kan., three men who work for an industrial
lubricants firm prepare to host a convention hospitality suite. Phil is an aging account
manager who has begun to question his purpose in life and work. Larry is his longtime
partner, a savvy and quick-witted salesman with a penchant for rough language and
absolute contempt for dishonesty. Bob is a recent hire from the company research center,
on hand to represent technical expertise -- an earnest young man defined, in part,
by devotion to his religion. Their sights this night are set on the head of a large
manufacturing firm whose favor could save their ailing company. As the evening unfolds,
unspoken differences between them become lines in the sand. When a case of mistaken
identity puts the entire affair in the hands of the devout, young researcher, a philosophical
battle ensues that lays bare their hearts and leaves no soul unscathed.
Scenic design for the play is by junior Richard Curtis. Costume design is by senior
Natasha Trombly. Properties design is by sophomores Katelyn Morrell and Mickeala Fergason.
The production stage manager is junior Robin Dotson. Lighting design is sophomore
Jessica King and master electrician is sophomore Brooke Addington. Sound Designer
is senior Zach Ostrander. The cast for the play will include senior Trung Phan, senior
Bob Dotson, and junior Kailan McKinney.
The play contains mature themes and language.
Tickets can be purchased the evening of the play at the door. General admission cost
is $5 per person and free to King faculty, staff, and student with a King University
issued ID. For additional information, contact Elizabeth Lee Dollar at 423.652.4839.
King University is a Presbyterian, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King
College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees
and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences,
pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration,
education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and
travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and
a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King
University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information, contact
the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road,
Richlands, VA 24641.