As I begin my first year as Chair of the Department of Theatre at UNC Charlotte, I’m delighted to introduce an exciting season of contemporary, classic and devised American plays written and produced from a variety of cultural perspectives. This year’s main stage productions take us from a coffee shop in contemporary small town Vermont (The Aliens), to deep inside the world of Dungeons & Dragons (She Kills Monsters), to an all-girls boarding school (The Children’s Hour), to a circus-inspired grab bag of classic Southern-style trickster characters—think Br’er Rabbit re-imagined for the 21st century New South (Trikstər’s Tales).
All four shows invite audiences to experience contemporary theatre-making through the artistry of our skilled faculty directors, designers, dramaturgs, stage technicians and performers working along side our talented students. And they offer opportunities to think about the world around us through the eyes, hearts and minds of a range of American-born and bred characters whose life experiences might be similar to your own—or might be very different. As these four performance works reveal, the American experience—past and present tense—is wide, deep and profoundly moving.
The Department of Theatre is committed to bringing you thought-provoking and entertaining approaches to a wide range of theatrical performance, from the classics to contemporary interdisciplinary work. We encourage you to explore and engage with our performance and production opportunities, including post-show discussions in which all audience members are invited to share their own thoughts and perspectives on the meaning and value of the shows. Our 2016-17 season also includes an array of master classes, workshop opportunities and lecture-discussions for our students. Stay tuned for more information on those special events.
See you at the theater!