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Performed: 25-28 May 1995; Joan Vail Thorne's "The Exact Center of the Universe" was the winner of the 1994 Southern Playwrights' Competition. The play is set in a Southern town in the 1950s and 60s. It celebrates Southern womanhood as the three main characters are women with great spirits. The play was directed by Susan McCain, produced/scenic design by Carlton Ward, costume design by Jennifer Jacobs, lighting and sound design/technical direction by David Keefer, stage management by Ashley Pendley and Douglas A. Millington (assistant), faculty costume advising by Freddy Clements, costume shop managed by Joyce Tate, box office managed by Jan Rhodes. This item is contained within the Clements drama production materials.


This performance was held in the Stone Center Theatre.


  • Sylvia Malone -- Vada Love Powell
  • Kimberly Kinsey -- Mary Lou Mele; Mary Ann Mele Powell
  • Denise Davis -- Enid Symonds
  • Betty Jeanne Day -- Marybell Bartol
  • Neilson Jones -- Appleton Powell, Jr., Mr. Powell


The original items are located in the Library’s Alabama Gallery Special Collections.


Jacksonville State University -- History, College and school drama, Theater programs


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The Exact Center of the Universe (1995) | Program