Annie Russell plans conversation about ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

Rollins College‘s Annie Russell Theatre has set up a panel to address the controversial military policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” to follow the matinee of Biloxi Blues this weekend:

The Annie Russell Theatre At Rollins College is proud to announce a very special talkback

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
6 PM September 26, Annie Russell Theatre
Immediately following the Sunday 4 pm performance of Biloxi Blues

The Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College is proud to present a vivid and candid talkback immediately following the 4 PM performance of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues on Sunday September 26.  The subject of conversation will be “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and panelists from both sides of the issue will be present for insight.  The talk-back should begin at 6 PM.  It is free and open to the public.

The talkback will center around the Military’s current policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the prejudices, conflicts, and quandaries surrounding that policy as it stands now, and as it came to be.  The Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Rollins College, Dr. Jennifer Cavanaugh, will moderate the talk back.  Rollins Professor Creston Davis and veteran Micah Purdy (currently a Rollins Holt student), among others, will be featured.

Biloxi Blues, the Broadway production, under the direction of Gene Saks, opened on March 28, 1985 at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 524 performances before closing on June 28, 1986. It won the Tony Award for Best Play.

Set in 1943, with World War II looming just beyond the horizon, a group of young men discover that becoming a soldier takes more than just boot camp.  Neil Simon ‘s classic comedy follows the journey of Eugene Jerome and his fellow recruits as they learn invaluable life lessons about friendship, trust, and prejudice.

Biloxi Blues plays for a limited two-week run in the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College, playing through October 2.  The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” talkback is scheduled for the Sunday September 26 performance only, but is open to any and all that would like to attend.

Tickets for Biloxi Blues are available by calling 407.646.2145.  No Ticket is needed for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” talkback.

WHAT:           “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Talk Back” in conjunction with the Annie Russell Theatre’s production of Biloxi Blues.

WHO:             The Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College
Featuring: Moderator of the talk back and Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Rollins College Jenny Cavanaugh,  Rollins Professor Creston Davis,  former Military Personnel Micah Pardy, and others.

WHERE:        The Annie Russell Theatre
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, FL

WHEN:           Sunday, September 26 at 6 PM (immediately following the 4 PM performance of Biloxi Blues

TICKETS:            FREE
Tickets for Biloxi Blues are available by calling the Annie Russell
Theatre Box Office at 407.646.2145 or by visiting

PARKING:     Parking is available in the public parking areas of Rollins College, as well as paid parking available in the Parking Garage located on Lyman Street across from the college.


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