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Department of Contemporary Art and Theater to host auditions February 6 and 7

ISSUED: 31 January 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Department of Contemporary Art and Theater is holding auditions for its spring production, The Tomb of King Tot by Olivia Dufault, on Wednesday, February 6, and Thursday, February, 7, from 7-9 p.m. in the Center for Contemporary Arts II, room 211. Performance dates are April 5-6 and 11-13. Auditions are open to both students and the public.

The play focuses on Jane Haley, a professional cartoonist on the brink of major career success. She races to perfect her adorably vibrant cartoon about the ancient Egyptian fantasy world of King Tot, but out of nowhere tragedy strikes her family. Jane attempts to mask grief with work, but her main character suffers in the process. Jane avoids facing herself while her main character wanders through the Land of the Dead to find his “Mummy,” and Jane’s husband and cartoonist frenemy foil fumble to help her. Jane’s art turns out to be a painful curse and a cherished blessing in her pun-filled journey to acceptance and forgiveness.

Characters in the play include Jane Haley, a cartoonist in her late 30s; Mummy, a female character; Atlanta, a teenage girl; King Tot, an Egyptian boy-king; Porter, a stepfather in his late 30s; Horemheb, a male Egyptian slave; Kissy Candida, a female cartoonist in her late 30s; Crocodile Woman; Lionel Feather, a cartoonist in his early 60s; and Anubis, a male jackal-headed God of the Dead.

For more information, contact Danica Rodrigues at

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