Three actors from Stanford University will bring Eudora Welty stories to life through staged interpretations on March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex at Millsaps College. Sponsored by the Eudora Welty Foundation and Millsaps College Partnership, the performance is free and open to the public.
Courtney Walsh will present "Why I Live at the P. O."; Angela Farr Schiller will present "A Worn Path"; and Rush Rehm will enact "Where Is the Voice Coming From?" Suzanne Marrs, Eudora Welty Foundation scholar-in-residence at Millsaps, will introduce the performance.
"Why I Live at the P. O." is the story of the postmistress of China Grove, Miss., and her relationships with the quirky members of her small town family.
"A Worn Path" traces elderly Phoenix Jackson's precarious journey through the woods to Natchez to obtain medicine for her sick grandson.
"Where Is the Voice Coming From?" is the chilling story Welty wrote the day that Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers was murdered, told from the point of view of the assassin.
Courtney Walsh studied acting at Yale, performed in Los Angeles on stage, television, and film, then became a lawyer for abused children. Since returning to acting in 2006, she has appeared in Bay Area venues and internationally and is a drama lecturer in continuing studies at Stanford.
Angela Farr Schiller is a Ph.D. candidate in theater and performance studies at Stanford, having studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Cape Town, South Africa, for her B.A. and New York University for her M.A. She has worked on stage in San Diego.
Rush Rehm is artistic director of Stanford Summer Theater and has directed and acted in many productions, including The Wanderings of Odysseus, performed in Athens, Greece. Rehm also has worked as an actor or director nationwide and is the author of several books on Greek tragedy. He is a professor of drama and classics at Stanford.
The actors will also take the presentations to the Meridian campus of Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University.