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SBU theater to present ‘For Such a Time as This’

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Bethany Vermillion, SBU senior and “For Such a Time as This” playwright, poses for a photo in front of the playbill.

Southwest Baptist University’s theater program will present the world premier of “For Such a Time as This” — a play written by SBU senior Bethany Vermillion — at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 25-27, in the Davis-Newport Theatre on the Bolivar campus.

In addition to Vermillion’s playwriting, the play includes original music by SBU students Daniel Stucky and Joel Walley and is directed by SBU student Sophia Marsh.

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Daniel Stucky, left, and Joel Walley are the musical composers of “For Such a Time as This.”

According to an SBU news release, “For Such a Time as This” is inspired by the biblical story of Esther and tells of a girl who writes stories to help her process the events of her life, both good and bad. 

The play “showcases the topics of grief, depression and love from a Christian perspective,” the release said.

“‘For Such a Time as This’ offers a refreshing, Christian take on mental health problems,” Marsh said in the release. “It teaches that even in the darkness, we can have hope knowing that Jesus has already overcome the struggles of the world.”

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The cast of “For Such a Time as This” rehearses a scene.


The play was one of three in the region invited to have a staged reading at the 2018 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where it received The John Cauble Outstanding Short Play Award, the release added.

“It’s amazing to see the journey this play has taken and how different audiences react to it,” Vermillion said of her play in the release. 

For more information, visit or call 328-1691.


Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for SBU alumni, senior citizens, and other students, and $4 for current SBU students and children. Tickets may be purchased at the box office in Jester Learning and Performing Center, by phone at 328-1691 or online at



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