Release Date: June 24, 2008
Adaptation showcased in Kennesaw State theater season
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University opens its 2008-2009 season in September with an original adaptation of a classic children’s tale by Kenneth Grahame and closes in April with an original stage adaptation of a classic short story from one of the South’s most famous writers, Flannery O'Connor. The university will offer a total of nine productions.
“We are very excited about the upcoming season,” says Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies and resident dramaturg Jane Barnette. “Each of the performances will feature adaptation, either of literature or of history, broadly construed. Overall, we offer unique productions that we hope will attract spectators from across the campus and throughout the community."
The season kicks off on Sept. 13 with a centennial celebration of the classic children’s novel “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame. Adults and children will delight in hearing readers as they bring to life the beloved characters of Mole, Ratty, Badger and the irrepressible Toad.
The readings continue with the next performance, “The Spoken Word: Poetry in Performance,” on Sept. 19 and 20. Coordinated by Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Hannah Harvey, the event features performances by local and nationally known poets. This event includes themes and language that may not be suitable for all audiences.
Another classic, “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, runs from Sept. 23-28. Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Harrison Long directs this well-known play about a transplanted Southern family in crisis as seen through the eyes of Tom, the frustrated writer who dreams of escaping his overbearing mother and fragile sister.
The next offering continues the theme of written stories becoming stage productions. “The Apple Tree,” which runs from Oct. 21-26, is a co-production of the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. Based on the short stories “The Diary of Adam and Eve” by Mark Twain, “The Lady or the Tiger?” by Frank Stockton and “Passionella” by Jules Feiffer, this musical triptych includes humorous and satirical adaptations of some of our culture’s formative stories, including the Garden of Eden and Cinderella.
Going back in time to an ancient comedy that continues to amuse today’s audiences, the “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes runs from Nov. 18-23. This memorable play, recently adapted by J.A. Ball and Michael Chemers, features the battle of the sexes and remains remarkably relevant in the 21st century. Prepare yourself for extra helpings of sexual innuendoes, double entendres and ribald humor! This event includes themes and language that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” written by Steve Martin and directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Jim Davis, can be seen from Jan. 27-Feb. 1. Imagine a young Pablo Picasso meeting Albert Einstein in 1904 Paris—both geniuses on the verge of major discoveries in their respective fields of art and science. Seen through the absurd lens of comedian Steve Martin, the ensuing debates at once delight and enlighten, heralding the major artistic and scientific shifts of the 20th century. This event includes themes and language that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
From Feb. 5-6, enjoy storytelling by nationally known and locally grown tellers at StoryFest. Each evening features folktales and personal stories to delight, excite—and perhaps even fright!—performed by nationally recognized storytellers and the university’s own KSU Tellers. The festival also includes storytelling workshops to hone your own tale-telling talents. This event is appropriate for ages 10 through adult.
“New Works and Ideas” will be presented from March 24-29. Some of the highlights of this week include “Memorabilia,” a collaboration with The Alliance Theatre's Collision Project in which high school students create works based on Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” One night will also be devoted to staged readings of 10-minute plays written by emerging artists at KSU. This event includes themes and language that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
The season concludes with “Everything That Rises Must Converge” by Flannery O’Connor. This production is a new stage adaptation of native Georgian Flannery O’Connor’s last short stories, including the title piece as well as “A View From the Woods,” as devised by New York director Karin Coonrod. Both stories feature startling family dynamics, revealing the paradoxical fragility and explosive power of love. The dates for this event are April 14-19.
Community members may wish to join the department's First Call Club to receive 25 percent off all ticket purchases, invitations to special events and other benefits. For more information, visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts or call 770-423-6650.
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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.