McMurry Theatre

Dark st the Top, play

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

The McMurry Department of Theatre presents The Dark at the Top of the Stairs written by William Inge and directed by Charlie Hukill, professor of theatre, from November 9-11 and 16-18 in the Ryan Fine Arts Center’s Little Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for all shows.

The cast of The Dark at the Top of the Stairs features McMurry theatre students junior Lauren Bridwell as Cora Flood, senior Graeme Regan as Rubin Flood, freshman Hailey Rodgers as Reenie Flood, freshman Shawna Johnson as Flirt Conroy, freshman Blair Stewart as Morris Lacey, freshman Holleigh Owens as Lottie Lacey, freshman Aaron Armendarez as Sammy Glodenbaurm and sophomore Kevin Roberts as Punky Givens. Gabe Pyenta , son of Dr. Paul Pyenta, associate professor of biochemistry, will play the role of Sonny Flood.

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs is set in a small Oklahoma town during the early 1920s, in the home of the Flood family. The plot consists of a series of short stories, all of them dealing with people wrestling with their deepest fears, and running the gamut from the fears that create tension and distance in marriage to the fears of children and teenagers plagued by insecurity, loneliness and alienation. There is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but the play ultimately demonstrates that this darkness can only be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for McMurry faculty, staff and students, all tickets are reduced by $3 on Thursday nights. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the McMurry Theatre Box Office at 325-793-3889

2018-19 Season

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Oct. 4 – 6 and 11 – 13


By David Auburn

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Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
and Dec. 6 – 8

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By Brett Neveu

Auditions: Dec. 3 - 4

Feb. 21 – 23


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Tomorrow’s Dream

by Jorge Ambacher

Christopher’s Angel

by Shawna Johnson

Botanical Dream by Agustin Rios

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April 4 – 6


Student-Directed One Acts

May 3 - 4


I Ought to be in Pictures

By Neil Simon

June 13 – 15 and 20 – 22


“I Do! I Do!”

By Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

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Box Office Information

Located in the Lobby of the Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Center, on the corner of Sayles Blvd. and Hunt St.

Reservations/tickets are available online


The Box office opens two weeks before faculty and student directed shows open. A member of our staff will be at box office between 3-6 p.m. on weekdays and show days.

Department of Theatre
McMurry University 1 #68
Abilene, TX 79697

2017-18 Season