finearts
Theatre, music and art events at Greensboro College
THEATRE

2014-2015 Theatre Performances at Greensboro College

Ticket prices $10 adults, $8 seniors/students.
Performances are free to Greensboro College students, faculty and staff (with college ID)

 

CALL FOR TICKETS: 336-272-7102, ext. 242, beginning Aug. 25, 2014.

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


whale poster

 

SEPT. 17-21, 2014, Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre, Main Building
THE WHALE
By Samuel D. Hunter, directed by David Schram

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man’s last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

“RIVETING. An impassioned and arresting clash of minds and emotions. I was glued to the stage.”  — Rex Reed, NY Observer

VIBRANT AND PROVOCATIVE. Hunter explores his material with sharp-eared skill and sensitivity. McCallum’s production handles Hunter’s text with clarity and devotion, getting uniformly strong performances from his five-person cast.” — Michael Feingold, Village Voice

____________________________________________________

OCT. 1-5, 2014, Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre, Main Building
RANTOUL AND DIE
By Mark Roberts, directed by Katy Duckstein

From the writer and executive producer of “Two and a Half Men” comes a new play with four of the funniest, ugliest, heartbreakingly real characters ever, all crammed together in a grimy little world that makes the local Dairy Queen and Dante’s Inferno seem one and the same. Rallis and Debbie’s marriage has reached its expiration date. In fact, it’s soured and stuck to the bottom of the carton. She wants him to pack his stuff and hit the bricks, but he’s clingin’ to the past like a cat on a screen door. How far will a man go to hang on to his lady fair? It’s a thin line between love and hate. A kiss and a punch. An ice cream cone and a beer bottle to the back of the head.

“A rant of the highest magnitude … diving off a building into a glass of water. I know I’d pay to see a guy do that.” — singer/songwriter Tom Waits.

“An original and devastatingly funny new play…blunt, raw and reckless.” — Hollywood Reporter.

“An edgy, grim new comedy…its numerous outrages are played with gusto.” — Variety.

“A profane and violent odyssey through America’s white trash psyche.” — Los Angeles Times.

____________________________________________________

NOV. 5-9, 2014, Venue TBA
SEARCHING FOR EDEN: THE DIARIES OF ADAM & EVE
By James Still, directed by Zach Woodard

More than a hundred years after Mark Twain wrote his own short stories about Adam and Eve, James Still combines those stories for Act One of Searching for Eden, and then imagines Adam and Eve in the present day for Act Two to create this completely original and contemporary play about the world’s first love story. Act One takes place at the dawn of time in the Garden of Eden. In the imaginations of Still and Twain, the Garden of Eden is a place where the battle of the sexes begins, where language is deliciously invented, and where loneliness and heartbreak are poignantly discovered. After intermission, we jump forward to the present day—but Adam and Eve have only aged into their 40s and are dealing with middle age and the distractions of high-power careers. Adam has surprised Eve with this trip back to Eden (a last-minute vacation package Adam found on the Internet) as an anniversary gift. The “first couple” returns to present-day Eden (now an upscale resort simply called “E”) in an attempt to recapture the primal passions of their youth. While Act One is about childhood, discovery, and new love—Act Two is about middle age, rediscovery and trying to make old love new again. At its heart, Searching for Eden is about the pleasures and terrors of knowing one person—and being known by that person—for a long, long time. As one critic wrote about Searching for Eden: “In the beginning—and throughout the play—there was laughter. And the audience found it good.”

____________________________________________________

NOV. 20-22, 2014, 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.

____________________________________________________

JAN. 21-25, 2015, Venue TBA
FICTION
By Steven Dietz, directed by Jo Hall

Linda and Michael Waterman are both successful writers, happily married to one another. They thrive on the give and take of their unusually honest and candid relationship. However, when they decide to share their diaries with one another, the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down. No life, as it turns out, is an open book.

“A work of uncommon insight; an adult, unsparing and yet often witty look at the intimate relationship between a man and a woman during a time of crisis.” — The Associated Press

“Everything about the play has an elegance and richness our theater sees too seldom.” — The New York Daily News.

“A provocative spin on the eternal love triangle.” – Variety.

____________________________________________________

FEB. 18-22, 2015, Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building
THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM
Based on the novella by Eudora Welty, book and lyrics by Alfred Uhury, music by Robert Waldman, directed by Perry Morgan-Hall.

A rousing, bawdy Southern fairytale from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Driving Miss Daisy”! Since opening on Broadway in 1975, “The Robber Bridegroom” has gone on to become a regional favorite. As Broadway historian Peter Filichia puts it, “This is a favorite show of many people who hate musicals, because it eschews the more obvious conventions and has no trouble being its unpretentious self.” Between its two Broadway productions, the show launched the careers of Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and Barry Bostwick (who won that season’s Tony for Leading Actor in a Musical).  Set in eighteenth century Mississippi, the show follows Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods, as he courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country. The proceedings go awry, however, thanks to a case of double-mistaken identity. Throw in an evil stepmother intent on Rosamund’s demise, her pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk, and you have a rollicking country romp. The music is one of the only genuine bluegrass scores ever heard in a Broadway musical.  With its distinct sound, colorful cast, and unique form of storytelling, “The Robber Bridegroom” is a hidden gem!
____________________________________________________

APRIL 2015 (dates and venue TBA)
A COMPANY OF WAYWARD SAINTS
By George Herman, directed by theatre-education majors under the supervision of Dan Seaman)

A commedia dell’arte group wanders by mistake into the eye of an allegory. They are humanity, wayward saints all, who are far from home and without means. A nobleman may be their salvation if they can put on a good show for him. Surprisingly, the Company chooses to present the history of man, from the Garden of Eden through Everyman in birth, adolescence, marriage and death. Along the way they enact other wayward adventures such as the assassination of Julius Caesar and the homecoming of Odysseus. It is a fine mosaic of life redeemed by humor and human understanding.

“Has something to say [and] says it extremely well. It is darned good theatre.” – Arthur Ballet, University of Minnesota.

“The first part is amusing slapstick entertainment…[The second makes] a point about how pride and arrogance destroy collective efforts.” — Hollywood Reporter

____________________________________________________

APRIL 2015 (dates and venue TBA)
NEW PLAY, TITLE TBA
An original play to be written and directed by senior theatre major Haylee Pittenger, who adapted the 1860 diary of Greensboro College student Mary Elizabeth Lindsey into an original play in 2014. Dates/times/venue TBA.