The play was written by New York-based playwright Steven Somkin, who will attend the first performance, and directed by Andy Harris, UNT professor of theatre history, play analysis and playwriting. They met in the 1970s when Harris directed one of Somkin’s first plays in New York City.
Harris and Somkin remained friends, and when Harris read the script for Melissa’s Choice, he thought the play had good parts for young actors.
Melissa (played by sophomore theatre major Hero Major) is camping in the Oregon woods with her boyfriend Tad (senior theatre major Nick Gilley) when she tells him she is pregnant with his child. But Tad, a doctoral student, doesn’t want children.