HPU Professor Publishes Play About 'Greensboro Four'


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 17, 2011 – “Periphery,” a play written by Ed Simpson, chair of the Department of Theatre at High Point University, has recently been accepted for publication by Dramatic Publishing.

The play, which marks Simpson’s 12th published dramatic work, dramatizes the historic 1960 sit-in demonstrations at the Greensboro Woolworths lunch counter. There, four black students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University sat in silent protest at the all-white lunch counter. Their courage was inspired by similar protests being held around the country at that time in the spirit of the civil rights movement. More people joined their protest in the weeks that followed.

“Periphery” was commissioned by the Community Theater of Greensboro and was performed in 2008 as part of the Greensboro Bicentennial Celebration.

“Periphery holds a very special place in my heart,” says Simpson. “The courage and youthful integrity of the “Greensboro Four” and those who joined them is a powerful story – and I’m hopeful the publication of this play will help tell their story to audiences for some time to come.”

A revival production of “Periphery” opens Feb. 18 at the Broach Theater in Greensboro and runs through Feb. 27 as part of Black History Month.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

Chris Dudley

Vice President and Chief of Staff


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