Release date: June 20, 2007
Adaptations of literary classics illuminate theater season at Kennesaw State
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies of Kennesaw State University opens its 2007-2008 season in September with an original adaptation of a classic children’s tale and closes in April with an original adaptation of one of the greatest books of all time. The university will offer a total of nine productions.
“The university theater provides the community with a high-quality performance experience combined with a range of experimentation and innovation unattainable in most other venues,” says assistant professor and resident dramaturg Jane Barnette.
The season opens on Sept. 9 with a rare performance in a world-premiere play by Atlanta playwright and KSU instructor Margaret Baldwin. “Tom Thumb the Great” is a humorous take on what you get when you cross a wily wizard, a bored princess, an amorous giantess, and a hero the size of a thumb.
The season continues with “The Spoken Word! Poetry in Performance” on Sept. 14 and 15, featuring National Poetry Slam winner Taylor Mali and some of Atlanta’s best performance poets, including M. Ayodele Heath, Chezon the Mother Poet, Karen Wurl and Mr. Boom.
Next up, KSU presents works from “365 Days/365 Plays” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Parks wrote one new play every day for one year. KSU is one of 700 theatre programs across the country participating in a grassroots effort to perform one week’s worth of her plays in the 365 days between November 2006 and November 2007. Parks’ plays will be presented along with original response plays written by KSU students Sept. 24-30.
Featured next is “Pajama Game,” an adaptation of the 1950s-era musical featuring Hylan Scott, an Atlanta-area professional director, as musical guest artist. In the production, a potential strike pits Union Grievance Committee leader Babe Williams against love-interest Sid Sorokin, the new factory superintendent. Their chances for happiness will be the battleground for this classic musical from Oct. 23 to 28.
Moving to something with a more modern feel, “Out of the Dark” is a real-world multimedia performance written and directed by KSU Assistant Professor Hannah Blevins Harvey. The performance evolved from ethnographic interviews with present-day Appalachian underground miners, both male and female. The stories about pride of home, work, love and loss are poignant, powerful and even humorous. The play will be performed Nov. 13–18.
Another highlight of the season is “Fuddy Meers” by David Lindsay-Abaire. In this dark comedy, an amnesiac with a sunny disposition wakes up each day to face a completely new life. “Fuddy Meers” will be presented Feb. 12–17, 2008.
Innovative contemporary dance will be performed by students, and nationally known guest artists at the KSU dance company’s spring concert Feb. 27–29, 2008. The performance features ballet, modern and jazz dance, and includes eight new works.
From March 25–30, 2008, “New Works & Ideas” will be presented in a week of readings and performances by emerging artists. More information will be available at a later time regarding schedules.
The season concludes with a new adaptation of “Moby-Dick” by KSU Professor John Gentile. “The production of ‘Moby Dick’ will be a visibly rich spectacle,” noted assistant professor and resident dramaturg Jane Barnette. “The adaptation shows a unique perspective of what is at stake for the adventurers who go after this whale on the high seas. It is poetic and incredibly well-crafted theatre.” “Moby Dick” will be presented April 15–20, 2008.
For more information, visit www.kennesaw.edu/theatre or call 770-423-6650.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.