Says Haigh, "'Time and the Conways' offers a look at a group of young people who are optimistic about their future, very much like students are at college now. The play explores what happens to those ideals and aspirations."
Play written by Priestley
"Time and the Conways," by J.B. Priestley, is a nice, well-made play that uses simple storytelling techniques, Haigh notes.
"And there's a resurgence of interest in J. B. Priestley's work," he says.
"After doing some new work and a big work, I wanted to do a well-made play. There are good, meaty roles for actors in this play."
An English journalist, poet and novelist, Priestley wrote a trilogy of plays concerned with time and its effects. "Time and the Conways" is the most famous of the trilogy.
Haigh says there are "intense, well-developed characters" in "Time and the Conways."
"That has been perhaps the most exciting part of the work."
The casting for the show was done last spring. The student actors spent the summer learning their lines and arrived on campus a week early to begin rehearsal for this Family Weekend performance.
"We began rehearsal on day one by starting work on the characters," Haigh notes. "The cast has worked hard and ... there are interesting moments and meanings."
The play could have gone up a few weeks ago, he adds. With additional rehearsals, the show has reached "a new level."
The cast includes: Karen M. Biscopink, Adam T. Brown, Elizabeth O. Cornell, Eric Joshua Davis, Julia M. Leist, Colin Michael McCann, Erin C. McGuire, Joe T. Mitchell, Kate Pieratt and Rachel White.
Haigh is professor of dramatic arts and chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Centre College. He is president of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. A native of England, he has directed for the Lexington Shakespeare Festival, Creed Repertory, Abbey Theatre Durango and others.
If You Want To Go:
"Time and the Conways" runs at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, call (859) 236-4692