Sue Ott Rowlands presents Mud Nostalgia on June 11, 2011 at 2:00pm, at the Simmons Center, Duncan, OK.


Tickets are $10/person and can be purchased online or at the door the night of the performance.


Mud Nostalgia, written by Ohio playwright Mark Evans Bryan and performed by Sue Ott Rowlands, explores the rich tradition of the Appalachian region of the United States through the unique spiritual traditions of the mountain holiness religions, specifically the serpent-handling churches. Blending music, movement, and narrative, Ott Rowlands and her collaborator and director, Bruce Hermann, bring to life the story of a young holiness woman struggling to understand her life and her faith in light of a devastating act of betrayal. Having barely survived staggering abuse at the hands of her husband, she desperately seeks understanding - her own and ours. Handling snakes, she explains, is "one half faith in the Holy Spirit and one half faith in modern doctors." Combining humor, traditional Appalachian music, and personal reflections on the nature of life and love, Mud Nostalgia offers a touching glimpse of the beauty of the spiritual faith and the tenacity of the human spirit.

Sue Ott Rowlands is an actor, director, and international arts collaborator who performs her one-woman shows extensively around the world. She is Professor of Theatre and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Mark Evans Bryan is Associate Professor of Theatre at Denison University in Ohio. He is a theatre historian and playwright. Mud Nostalgia is his third collaboration with Ott Rowlands.


Bruce Hermann is an actor and director. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Texas Tech University. Mud Nostalgia follows his successful collaboration with Ott Rowlands in fig. 1, also written by Mark Evans Bryan.


NOTE: Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the 2012 Trail Dance Film Festival.





Venue: Simmons Center

Contact: Cova Williams 580-252-6692

Time: 2 pm

Event Website:

Ashley Schoonover

Administrative Assistant

Simmons Center

PO BOX 981

800 Chisholm Trail Parkway

Duncan, OK 73534

(580) 252-2900 Ext. 240