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2013-2014 Theatre Performances at Greensboro College

Cost for attendance:
$10 adults
$8 seniors/students
Performances are free to Greensboro College students, faculty and staff (with college ID)

 

CALL FOR TICKETS: 336-217-7220.

Tickets are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Sept. 18-22, 2013, Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre
HOW THE WORLD BEGAN
By Catherine Trieschmann, directed by David Schram

A provocative, intelligent, and deeply felt play from the author of Crooked and The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock, Catherine Trieschmann, that earned critical acclaim Off-Broadway at The Women’s Project. A Manhattan woman travels to a rural town in Kansas recently devastated by a tornado to take a teaching job in a makeshift high school. But when she makes an off-handed remark regarding the origins of life, she unleashes community outrage and the particular distress of a disturbed young boy. In an intimate and artful inquiry of her character’s very souls, Trieschmann invites audiences to consider their own beliefs and their perhaps unspoken opinions of others.

“Faith and science collide in one small room, and sparks fly spectacularly in this drama…” – The London Times

“Rare and refreshing intelligence.” – The New Yorker

“Compassionately, [Trieschmann] takes pains to grant each viewpoint its share of emotional truth.” – The Village Voice

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18; Thursday, Sept. 19, Friday, Sept. 20; Saturday, Sept. 21.
2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

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Sept. 28, 2013: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre
Sept. 29, 2013: 2 p.m., Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2013, times/locations TBA

BE WITH YOU SHORTLY …
various authors, directed by Dan Seaman and Theatre Education majors

Dan Seaman, the most decorated secondary school theatre teacher in the history of North Carolina (The state theatre organization even has an award named after him!), creates the type of theatre that he’s nationally known for — selecting and shaping an ensemble of players who then adapt written material to create theatrical brilliance. This production will be geared for multiple ages and will suit the selection of the pieces to the audience the troupe would be facing — for the college on Sept. 28-29 and then for elementary-age children on tour Sept. 30-Oct. 1. and at other times during the year.  IF YOU HAVE A SCHOOL THAT MIGHT BE INTERESTED in hosting a production (free of charge), contact Dan at dseaman@greensboro.edu.

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Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2013, Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building
BLITHE SPIRIT
Written by Noel Coward, directed by Josephine “Jo” Hall

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira, who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’s current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed, “passes over,” and joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

Winner! 2009 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival
“Can still keep an audience in a state of tickled contentment” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 2009
“A world-class comedy” - TheatreMania.com, 2009
Blithe Spirit was first produced on Broadway on November 5, 1941.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30; Thursday, Oct. 31; Friday; Nov. 1; Saturday, Nov. 2.
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3

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NOV. 21-23, 2013, Huggins Performance Center, Parlor Theatre, Mane Stage and other campus locations; times TBA.
NORTH CAROLINA THEATRE CONFERENCE STATE GATHERING

Greensboro College will once again host the state theatre organization’s state “convention,” bringing the secondary school State Play Championships with 16 different productions and hundreds of high school students, teachers, and parents to campus.

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JAN. 24-26, 2014, Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre
DIRECTORS’ SHOWCASE

This popular production showcases student directors, designers, actors, and technicians presenting shows with minimal production values. The short plays include “Fog” by Eugene O’Neill, “Cabos San Lucas” by Lisa Soland, and “Blue Stars” by Stewart Spencer.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25.
2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26

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FEB. 26-MARCH 2, 2014, Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building
CARRIE, THE MUSICAL
Music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, book by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the novel by Stephen King, directed by Perry Morgan.

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it…Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, the musical version of “Carrie” hasn’t been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Then, in 2012, the show’s original authors joined with New York City’s MCC Theater for a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale. Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, “Carrie” features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film version directed by Brian DePalma), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (“Fame,” “Terms of Endearment”), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (“Fame,” “Footloose.”).

The Greensboro College Theatre Department production of “Carrie, the Musical” is slated to be both the Southeastern United States and the North Carolina premier of this musical and the first performance produced by our new Musical Theatre emphasis.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, Thursday, Feb. 27, Friday, Feb. 28, Saturday, March 1
2 p.m. Sunday, March 2

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APRIL 2-6, 2014, Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre
MARY ELIZABETH
adapted for the stage and directed by junior Theatre major Haylee Pittenger from the 1860 diary of Greensboro College student Mary Elizabeth Lindsey.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, and Thursday, April 3
11 a.m. Friday, April 4
2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6.