Members of Angelo State University’s chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega (APO) national theatre honor society will present the haunting drama, “Madagascar,” this Friday and Saturday in the ASU Studio Theatre.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. each night and are open free to the public. The Studio Theatre is located in Room 241A of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

The story of a mysterious disappearance that changes three lives forever, “Madagascar” was commissioned by the Salt Lake Acting Company from award-winning American playwright J.T. Rogers. It premiered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has earned numerous honors, including the American Theatre Critics Association’s 2004 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award and the 2005 Pinter Review Prize for Drama.

The play takes place over three different periods in time. Three Americans find themselves alone, in the same hotel room overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome: June, a young woman who works as a tour guide of the city’s ancient ruins; Lilian, her wealthy and elegant jet-setting mother; and Nathan, a rumpled university economist and the best friend of Lilian’s famous deceased husband. Their stories spill out and weave back and forth  ̶  each contradicting, clarifying and deepening what the others say  ̶  becoming strands of one gripping and disquieting tale.

The student cast of “Madagascar” is composed of Megan Croyle as June, Jaslyn Diaz as Lilian and Collyn Glaspie as Nathan. As with all Studio Theatre shows, it is being directed by an APO member, senior Janae Hatchett.

Student crewmembers are Josiah Hernandez, stage manager; Elizabeth Holland, set designer; Glaspie, lighting designer; Caden Glass, sound designer; Diaz, costume designer; Cameron O’Briant, properties master; Jacob Scott, house manager; and Kala Young, poster designer.

Hatchett is president of APO and Mike Burnett, assistant professor of theatre, is the faculty advisor.