That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think about our 2017-2018 production season. This year our skilled faculty directors, designers, dramaturgs, stage technicians and performers will be working together with our talented students to make a wide range of exciting, vital, diverse and socially responsible theatre produced in our wonderful theatrical spaces here in Robinson Hall. We are especially pleased to include plays by three of the nation’s leading contemporary female playwrights along with one of Shakespeare’s most interesting “comedies” and a classic of the American musical theatre.
First up is Kristen Greenidge’s Baltimore, originally commissioned by the Big Ten Consortium of Universities as a way to open up a dialogue about increased incidents of racial violence on America’s campuses. The UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre is proud to be participating in this important dialogue coming out of the Black Lives Matter movement. Our second production is Kate E Ryan’s Women of Trachis. Ryan brings a vibrant and humorous feminist perspective to Sophocles’ ancient story about infidelity and revenge at its goriest (and most entertaining!).
November brings Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, performed by the Actors from the London Stage, one of the oldest established touring Shakespeare theatre companies in the world. And in February we offer a workshop production of Paula Vogel’s hauntingly beautiful The Long Christmas Ride Home featuring original Bunraku puppets and live music. Our year ends with a full-out contemporized production of the Broadway hit The Wiz, infusing a mix of rock, gospel, soul and rap music.
The Department of Theatre is committed to offering our students and members of the surrounding community thought-provoking and entertaining approaches to a wide range of theatrical performance, from the classics to contemporary interdisciplinary work. We encourage all of you to explore and engage with our performances and special opportunities, including post-show discussions, master classes, workshop opportunities, guest lectures, theatre-going excursions and pop-up performance experiences.
See you at the theatre—backstage, on-stage and in the house!