2015-2016 Theatre Performances at Greensboro College
Performances are free to Greensboro College students, faculty and staff (with college ID)
CALL FOR TICKETS: 336-272-7102, ext. 5242, beginning Aug. 24, 2015. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve tickets.
Tickets are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
SEPT. 3-6, 2015, Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building
IT STOPS HERE
Written and directed by Michaela Richards ’16.
This 1-hour play, written and directed by senior Theatre Education major Michaela Richards, features vignettes concerning sexual assaults on college campuses today. Personal accounts, scenes, and a game show will be some of the techniques used to present information about this important topic. Humor will be interspersed throughout the piece. Caution: This play contains information about sexual assault and violence that may be triggering to survivors.
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 3-5
2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 5-6
SEPT. 10-13, 2015, Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre, Main Building
By Douglas Wager, directed by Lilly Allemond ’16.
Douglas Wager’s “In Conflict,” directed by senior Theatre Education major Lilly Allemond, is a docudrama of the individual stories of mostly college-age Iraq War veterans presented in their own words, taken from audio transcripts of actual interviews. Already having faced brutal combat conditions in a hostile land, these soldiers have come home to the daunting challenges of returning to civilian life. Their remarkable accounts are as diverse as their backgrounds, representing America in all its complexity and humanity. Honoring the courage and desire of the individuals who serve their country, “In Conflict” illuminates the traumatic human cost of war, as well as the physical, moral, and spiritual conundrum that each returning veteran of the war now faces.
Winner of a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
“’In Conflict’ is a sober and very affecting docudrama about veterans of the war in Iraq that is … trying to make sense of the feelings of untried soldiers suddenly tested in ways that strain sanity.” — NY Times
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 10-12
2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 12-13
NOV. 5-8, 2015, Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building
Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drew. Drected by David Schram.
Based on the books by P.L. Travers and one of the most popular Walt Disney movies of all time, “Mary Poppins” delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and received nominations for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This musical centers on a nanny who changes the lives of a no-nonsense banker and his two mischievous children.
“Irresistible! A fresh fountain of youth that will make many a grown-up feel like a kid again!” — USA Today
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”
7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 5-7
2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 7-8
NOV. 19-20, 2015, 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 “convention,” bringing the secondary-school State Play Championships with 16 different productions and hundreds of high school students, teachers, and parents to campus.
JAN. 21-24, 2016, Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre, Main Building
By Lee Blessing, directed by Dan Seaman.
An American teacher, Michael, is held hostage in a dark room after being captured in Beirut, Lebanon. His wife, Lainie, holds a vigil for him in an empty room in their house outside Washington, D.C. Michael dictates unsent letters to his wife from his cell. Lainie vies between Walker, a journalist intent on telling her story to the public, and Ellen, a State Department official who wants to keep her quiet. When Lainie finds out that Walker has written a story about her without her permission, she has to come to terms with her grief in a more public setting and has to reconcile what impact telling her story to the public will have. As events in the Middle East spin out of everyone’s control, the characters try to do their best to manage the situation to bring Michael back to the United States, but everyone has their own interests at stake.
“Mr. Blessing reaffirms his authority with timely political questions. Politics is one of the playwright’s favorite subjects, and one that he humanizes with particular insight.” — NY Times
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 21-23
2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 23-24
FEB. 18-21, 2016, Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building
By Richard Sheridan, directed by Josephine Hall
“The Rivals” concerns the romantic difficulties of Lydia Languish, who is determined to marry for love and into poverty. Realizing this, the aristocratic Captain Jack Absolute woos her while claiming to be Ensign Beverley. But her aunt, Mrs. Malaprop, will not permit her to wed a mere ensign, and Lydia will lose half her fortune if she marries without her aunt’s permission. Among the play’s many plot complications is the appearance of Sir Anthony (Jack’s father). In the end, Lydia abandons her sentimental notions and agrees to marry Jack.
“It is a fun play about people; a comedy of manners where the comedy is more important than the manners.” — NY Times
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 18-20
2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 20-21
SOUTHEASTERN THEATRE CONFERENCE HIGH SCHOOL PLAY FESTIVAL
APRIL 14-17, 2016, Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre, Lea Center, Main Building
Book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Mary Bracken Phillips; music by Jan Mullaney. Directed by Perry Morgan.
“Cradle Song” is an unabashedly sentimental story about a modern young upwardly mobile couple and how they discover, the hard way, what the best things in life really are. Jonathan and Paula are a hard-working pair who have dedicated their lives to their careers and – with whatever is left over – to each other, for they are sincerely in love. Their relationship turns to marriage and somewhat unexpectedly to parenthood. First mother, then father (who dreaded having a child), dote on the baby. While they are at work, the baby dies of sudden infant death syndrome. They feel guilty and decide to separate. Finally, they understand that life is more than immersion in the job, and they are reunited as better people.
“…an unabashedly sentimental story…with some clever and pretty songs…that conveys an air of earnest honesty.” NY Times
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16
2 p.m Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17