EMCC debuts Vaughan’s original play

From Press Reports

MAYHEW – East Mississippi Community College presented the debut
performance of “Interference,” a play by theatre instructor Don
Vaughan, on April 4 at the Lyceum auditorium, Golden Triangle campus.

Dr. Vaughan joined the EMCC faculty full time in 2010.

“I started writing the play several years ago, primarily as a
teaching tool for my theatre appreciation students, and finished it
in 2011. I thought the first play in EMCC-GT’s new theatre program
should be this one,” Vaughan said.

“So much of it reflects my work at radio stations when I was in
college. The story takes place in 1968, a happy time in my childhood,
the year one of my all-time favorite radio stations, The Big 98, WKOR-
Starkville, first signed on the air. The radio station in the play,
KSJH, is The Big 99.”

“Interference” is about a young woman who takes over her father’s
radio station in Hays, Kan., after his untimely death. As the four-
act play opens, Susan Hardesty is managing the station and has picked
up the sign-on shift once hosted by her father. Things get
interesting when a young man at a radio station in Pueblo, Colo.,
answers her ad for an announcer’s job.

The cast included both students and employees of East Mississippi
Community College. Playwright Vaughan also directed the play.

“What my cast and crew are doing looks and sounds like a real radio
station. It’s gratifying, to say the least, to see characters that
I’ve created come alive onstage,” Vaughan said before the play
debuted. “I have such a great cast and crew … and it’s a joy to be
directing it.”

His previous theatre/communication credits include work with the
Starkville Daily News, Starkville Community Theatre, Mississippi
State University Communication Department, Wood College, WKOR Radio,
WSSO Radio and WTBC Radio (Tuscaloosa). Vaughan and his wife, Sharon,
live in Eupora in Webster County.