Southeastern's Sims Library to host Members’ Tea


Thursday, April 11, 2024 Donna Gay Anderson
by: Tonya Lowentritt

ANDERSON TO SPEAK AT SIMS LIBRARY TEA – Local playwright Donna Gay Anderson will be the featured speaker at the annual Friends of Sims Library Marjorie Morrison Memorial Members’ Tea on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m., in Sims Memorial Library.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library and the Friends of Sims Library will host the annual Friends of Sims Library Marjorie Morrison Memorial Members’ Tea on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. Guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a selection of sandwiches and pastries. Bottomless mimosas will be available as well for $10.
     Local playwright Donna Gay Anderson is the featured speaker, and the doors will open at 1:45 p.m.
     Sims Memorial Library Director David Sesser said that Anderson’s newest play, “The Way We Say Goodbye,” premiered at Southeastern in November 2022 and has since been produced elsewhere. Her other works include “High and Mighty,” “Unfolded,” and “Dead Reckoning.” Her work has been included in “The Louisville Review,”  “Arkansas Review,” and “Dramatist's Magazine.” 
     Anderson is currently working on a new musical about the state of homelessness in America. She holds degrees from Southeastern, The National Shakespeare Conservatory and Spalding University.
     “The tea is free to Friends of Sims Library members. Those who renew their membership at the associate or patron level may reserve one additional complimentary seat for a guest. Friends at the Lifetime level may reserve a complimentary table for four,” Sesser said. “The cost for non-members is $35, which includes admission to the tea and an individual membership for 2024.”
     Checks should be made payable to the Southeastern Foundation and mailed to Friends of Sims Library, SLU 10896, Hammond, LA 70402. If paying by check, download and complete the form available at
     The completed form must be mailed with payment. Payments can also be made securely online at The deadline for online reservations is Wednesday, April 17.
     For more information about membership or the tea, email, or call 985-549-2186.

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