Melanie Dreyer-Lude

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre will present the Springfield-area premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People" opening this weekend and running through Sept. 24 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson and Pershing downtown.  It's a co-production with Resident Artist Ensemble, directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri State University Theatre and Dance)

The Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Department opens the 2016-17 school year with Jenny Laird's Ballad Hunter, directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude and performed in the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre TONIGHT (Friday Sept.23); Monday through Friday Sept. 26-30; and Monday Oct.3rd all at 7:30pm, with Sunday matinees at 2:30pm Sept.25 and Oct.2.

(Photo courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Coming to Springfield Contemporary Theatre Center Stage at Wilhoit Plaza: Killer Joe by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts, directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude, April 22nd through May 7.  Killer Joe is described by SCT as "a Southern American gothic crime thriller set in a West Dallas trailer park"--but director Melanie Dreyer-Lude (Assistant Professor of Theatre Performance at Missouri State University) assures me the show is "funny, with lots of opportunities for laughter," despite the dark-sounding storyline.