PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University Theater will present Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s play “Death and the King’s Horseman” Feb. 3-5 and Feb. 10-12 as part of its 2004-05 season.

Set in 1944 British colonial Africa, the story begins as the king of the Yoruba people has died. One man must now fulfill the call of a lifetime to determine the fate of a people. Soyinka will be on the WSU campus for the opening night performance, which will include a “talk back” session. Contact Gail Siegel of WSU’s Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Committee for more details on Soyinka’s visit.

“Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley will open the season Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16. The Pulitzer Prize-winning comic, twist-of-fate story is about the troubled lives of three sisters. The true-to-life play shows that comedy and tragedy dwell side by side.

STAGE One returns for its sixth year of original one-act plays Nov. 10-13. Theatre and nontheatre students alike will write, direct and star in the theatre group’s productions. Two STAGE One plays received recognition and were performed at the Northwest Drama Festival.

Mom’s Weekend will feature Constance Congdon’s “Tales of the Lost Formicians” April 7-9 and again April 14-16. The play is a tragic comedy about the American Dream, Alzheimer’s disease, alien abduction and other subjects as seen through the eyes of time-traveling space aliens. Presented as a narrative by alien archaeologists, they recreate American civilization primarily through the plastic items left behind.

The season concludes April 22-23 with Dance Extravaganza! Phyllis Gooden-Young, instructor, dancer and choreographer, will present the best from her student dancers, full of style and originality.

All performances begin at 8 p.m. in Daggy Hall. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and $5 for children and WSU students with ID. Graduate students and their spouses will be admitted free through a grant from the Graduate and Profession Student Association. For reservations call the WSU Theatre Box Office at (509) 335-7236 or e-mail at reservations@wsu.edu. Daggy Hall Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday 2-5:30 p.m. the week of the event.

For more information, contact Andrea Chosch-Pittenger, program coordinator, at (509) 335-7447 or e-mail at theatre@wsu.edu.