October 29, 2013 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Dinner Theater returns to Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) November 14-16 with a production of Del Shores’ Daddy’s Dyin’…who’s got the will? Produced and designed by Assistant Professor of Theater Stephen E. Haynes and directed by James Harshbarger, the production marks the debut of the new student theater company, LMU Players.

Haynes joined the University over the summer and has taken the theater programming in a more student centered direction. In fact, the fall production includes an all-student cast. In addition to the Dinner Theater showings, which include a buffet dinner at Angelo’s in the Gap, two standalone performances will also take place on November 21 and 22.

Set in a small town in Texas, Daddy’s Dyin’ centers around a family gathered awaiting the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a disabling stroke. The comedy doesn’t dwell on the impending demise of the father, but rather the rebirth of the spirit of his family as a unit.

A dinner buffet will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. at Angelo’s in the Gap and the curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. for the dinner theater performances. Tickets to the November 14-16 performances are $25. Tickets to the November 21 and 22 performances are $10. Reservations can be made by calling Katie Pendley at 423.869.6203. Standalone performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Haynes joined the faculty of the Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts and Humanities at LMU following similar teaching appointments at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Lock Haven University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in theater design and technology from Louisiana State University (LSU) and a Bachelor of Science in theater arts from Austin Peay State University. He has experience in scenic design, lighting, directing, costume design and has served as playwright.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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