Tennessee William’s ‘Summer and Smoke’ heats up NAU Theatre stage

Summer and Smoke
Undergrads Grace Novak, left, and Keegan Hughes portray Alma and John in NAU’s “Summer and Smoke.”

The characters in Tennessee William’s Summer and Smoke, the upcoming production by Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre, struggle with questions about life and death.

Set among the immense heat and pressure of a Mississippi summer on the brink of America’s involvement in World War I, beautiful language moves along a story of failed love.

NAU Theatre will perform Summer and Smoke at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, 19 and Dec. 1, 2, 3 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Clifford E. White Theater.

The production features 14 student actors, more than 40 students on the production crew and original lighting design by theatre major Liz Monasky.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and NAU employees and $8 for students and children.

Purchase tickets online at NAU’s Central Ticket Office or call (928) 523-5661. Group discounts are available.

Join representatives from the Summer and Smoke production team, partnered with members of the NAU Psychology and NAU’s Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, before the show for a pre-play conversation to discuss the show and its themes. Free admission.