Mar 12, 2024 | Columbia Campus , Featured , Arts and Entertainment

Columbia State’s Finney Library Presents March Reader’s Theatre Events

John W. Finney Memorial Library

Columbia State Community College’s John W. Finney Memorial Library will feature the return of Dr. Jerry Henderson for a Reader’s Theatre event March 18 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Reader’s Theatre event will consist of dramatic readings by Henderson, playwright, director, and actor, at the Finney Library Reader's Theatre located on the second floor. One of the works will be "I'm Herbert," a one-act taken from the play of one-acts, “You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running” by Robert Anderson.

“We are delighted that playwriter and director Dr. Henderson and accomplished actress Wanda Carvelle-Maib will be performing for the Columbia State community and the public,” said Anne Scott, Columbia State library director.

A Nashville native, Henderson is a retired former faculty member of Lipscomb University and Pepperdine University, where he served as chair of the theatre department. Henderson has experience directing countless shows and writing plays such as “A Legacy of Fear,” “The Little Box of Winter Seed,” “To Josephine, Everything on Pacific Avenue” and “Over It All a Tent was Spread.”

“Finney Library Reader’s Theatre has hosted several gatherings this year and we are very excited about Dr. Henderson returning to share Lit Read-Aloud with students and the community,” Scott said. “The quaint, up-close setting welcomes the audience to experience the characters’ stories from the page to the stage.”

The performances are free to the public. RSVPs are needed as seating is limited. There will be a Q&A session with Henderson following each performance. Seats can be reserved by emailing

The John W. Finney Memorial Library is located on the Columbia Campus at 1665 Hampshire Pike and is open from Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. For more information visit

Dr. Jerry Henderson
Dr. Jerry Henderson