CreatureHickory – Lenoir-Rhyne University will open its 2017-18 Playmakers season with a production of Creature, a play by Heidi Schreck. The play will be performed Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will take place in Belk Centrum Theatre.

Creature is a moving, thoughtful, and very funny dark comedy about what it means to have faith. It’s 1401, and times are tough for new mother Margery Kempe. In addition to running the family beer business and having a new child to care for, she is possessed by foul-mouthed demons. Things change for Margery when she has a vision of Jesus Christ in purple robes, which launches her on an impulsive quest for sainthood. Along the way, she encounters a colorful cast of medieval characters.

Liz Bokhoven, Adjunct Professor in the theatre program at LRU, is the director. The play features a cast of LRU students including Milissia Koncelik, senior; Corey Smith, junior; and Callie Cope, Chase Fowler, and Elizabeth Robbins, all sophomores. Benjamin Thomas-Reid, a member from the community, completes the cast.

Creature is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Due to suggestive language and mature content, it is rated PG-13.

Admission is free, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets are available at the door or can be picked up at the LRU Box office in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit or contact LRU Assistant Professor of Theatre, Lindsay Weitkamp at or by calling 828.328.7953.

LRU’s Playmakers stimulate interest in the dramatic arts and provide a theatre experience for the community. They are also considered the official producing body for the LRU theatre program.