ATU Theatre to Present Showings of “Three Viewings”

Three Viewings Poster Fall 2021

Arkansas Tech University’s fall 2021 theatrical production, “Three Viewings,” will be available for video streaming Oct. 28-31.

Showings of “Three Viewings” are scheduled for 7 p.m. nightly from Thursday, Oct. 28-Saturday, Oct. 30. A matinee showing is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

Cost to watch the performance on will be $7. Proceeds from the streaming service fee benefit the ATU theatre program.

The performances will be accessible at Viewers will click on the “Live Events” tab in order to access each day’s showing.

Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and originally published in 1996, “Three Viewings” includes three monologues that delve into the topics of death, relationships and personal understanding. ATU’s production of the play is being directed by Bruce Brown, ATU visiting lecturer of theatre.

“As the play unfolds, the minutia of small-town life accumulates creating a comedy that is powerful, moving and remarkably intelligent,” said Brown. “It is such a beautiful, fun evening in the theatre. I cannot wait for everyone to see our production.”

Brown is making his directorial debut at Arkansas Tech.

“I am honored to be both a part of the theatre program and ATU,” said Brown. “I love working with Professor (Frances) Roberson, the students, faculty and staff here. This process has been such a delight. Arkansas Tech has amazingly creative and talented staff and students. Beyond the strong performances by the actors, I am thrilled about the original music composed for this production and the other outstanding design work by our students.

There will be no in-person audience for “Three Viewings” due to COVID-19 precautions.

“We looked for a play and process we could use to keep our students and audiences safe,” said Brown. “We chose this play because of its structure. The play is composed of three monologues where a single performer is onstage for 25-to-30 minutes followed by the next performer. Hopefully by next fall, we can get back to in-person live performances with a full house.”

The production is double cast with Eli Dakota Mason and Johnan Mitchell playing Emil, Cortney Mercier playing Mac and Mya Galvan and Rue Recinos playing Virginia.

“Being a part of the production has provided me with invaluable knowledge when managing the stage,” said Faith Spencer, who is serving as set designer and stage manager. “This has been an enlightening experience, giving me the opportunity to see the growth of our company on both the smaller and larger scale. I’m so proud of all of the actors and technical crew for working so hard to make this show a success.”

Frances Roberson, assistant professor of theatre, has taken leadership of the ATU theatre program this fall following the promotion of Dr. David J. Eshelman to head of the ATU Department of Communication and Journalism.

“I’m very proud of the efforts the university is taking to keep our community and our students safe, and I’m particularly pleased with the hard work our theatre students are exerting in order to safely create quality work,” said Roberson.

Visit or call (479) 964-0890 for more information about the ATU theatre program.