Baylor Theatre to Host Production of The Fertile River Sept. 16-17

Fertile River
Special Guest Performance: Alton J. Patton, III, a Baylor alumnus, presents The Fertile River.
Sept. 6, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 6, 2017) – Baylor University Theatre will host a performance of The Fertile River on Sept. 16-17 in the Mabee Theatre of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

The storyline takes place in 1958 during the peak of the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, an institute that sought to eliminate the “weakest genes” of society. Playwright Vincent Terrell Durham addresses difficult subjects including racism, classism and the abuse of the mentally ill.

“In the telling of just one story, the Fertile River looks unflinchingly at the sins of a racist and classist America where people are valued or devalued by the color of their skin, the place of their birth, or the score of their IQ,” wrote the Baylor Department of Theatre Arts.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 7 and can be purchased for $5 through the Theatre Box Office 254-710-1865 or on the department’s website,

by Brooke Battersby , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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