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STEPHENVILLE — Changing venues and broadcasting via student media are just a couple of ways Tarleton State University students are proving that "the show must go on."


Fall 2020-21 Theatre at Tarleton productions include Caryl Churchill’s "Top Girls," Sept. 22-26, and "Yellow Iris" by Agatha Christie, Nov. 10-14.


"Top Girls," to be directed by Carol Stavish, was originally slated in the last slot of the spring semester, but was rescheduled due to the pandemic.


The Churchill work, first presented in 1982, examines the roles available to women in modern society and what it takes for a woman to succeed in business and in life. It also explores the cost of ambition and the influence of politics on feminism.


The Tarleton production will be performed outside on the steps of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center (auditorium area). The Friday, Sept. 25, performance will be live-streamed.


The season finale, "Yellow Iris," will be directed by Mark Holtorf and presented to a limited number of attendees in keeping with social distancing requirements.


Christie wrote "Yellow Iris" in 1937 as a radio play based on a magazine short story.


A distressed phone call from a mystery woman brings Hercule Poirot to the hotel Jardin des Cygnes, where a man commemorates the four-year anniversary of his wife’s sudden death — a death under suspicious circumstances that Poirot himself witnessed. Everyone present that fateful night is gathered, and now Poirot must find a killer in the midst, before he or she strikes again.


Most of the story is set in a London restaurant and is interspersed with performances by cabaret artists who were supposedly on the bill at the restaurant.


For those unable to attend in person, the play will be broadcast over Tarleton radio station KTRL and the Friday, Nov. 13, presentation will be live-streamed. Check the Theatre at Tarleton website at www.tarleton.edu/finearts/theatre/ for ticket details.