The VMI Theatre’s spring production will be “A VMI Double-Feature” of comedy and drama in the Gillis Theater, Marshall Hall, Center for Leadership and Ethics.
“Brother Rat,” VMI’s own classic comedy of cadet life by John Monks, Jr. ’32 and Fred F. Finklehoffe, ‘32, will be presented at 7:00 p.m., followed at 9:00 p.m. by “Jonathan Myrick Daniels: The Martyr of Lowndes County,” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 26, 27, 28 February. Matinee performances of both plays will be held at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday 1 March.
The Jonathan Daniels play is a special 50th anniversary tribute to VMI alumnus Jonathan Myrick Daniels, ’61, who was killed while working for civil rights in Hayneville, Alabama in August 1965. Written by Alabama author Marianne M. Weber, and adapted by VMI Theatre Director Joellen Bland, the play focuses on Daniels as an Episcopal seminary student who answered the call of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to help gain voting rights for African Americans in Lowndes County Alabama.
VMI cadets, faculty and staff, and members of the VMI family will portray the characters in both plays.