If you have a ticket for the performance on Sept. 22, your ticket will be honored at a specially scheduled performance at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27—no ticket exchange is needed.
Release Date: September 4, 2009
New Black Box Theater opens with revival of "Redwing: Voices from 1888"
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KENNESAW, Ga.-Kennesaw State University’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies will officially open its Black Box Theater with a revival production of Katharyn Howd Machan’s “Redwing: Voices from 1888.” The production will run Sept. 22-26 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. The new theater boasts an intimate space of 125 seats that will accommodate smaller casts as well as original and collaborative productions. The Black Box Theater will also provide state-of-the-art lighting, sound and performance capabilities.
John Gentile, professor of theatre and performance studies and director of “Redwing,” describes the production as “a collection of beautifully written poetic monologues spoken by characters in a fictional Victorian American town. The monologues, just like the lives of the characters, are interwoven and give a portrait of life of that time and also of our own lives.” This production is a restaging of the original production that was directed by Gentile in 1995.
Machan began writing the poems a few short weeks after the death of her mother. She describes the poems as therapeutic, as she was able to form a family around her with the fictional characters. Furthermore, the poems are her way of “saying what so often goes unsaid in families, between friends, among neighbors. They are the words we hold back sometimes even from ourselves.” Machan will be in attendance for the shows on Sept. 24-26.
Gentile hopes that the audience will “understand how these poems speak not only for the fictional people of ‘Redwing,’ but how they give voice to our own lives, heartbreaks, struggles and joys.”
The Black Box Theater is currently seeking donors. Once a donor is selected, there will be a formal naming ceremony in which his or her name would be permanently placed on the building. The donor will also have the choice of whether or not to designate the donation towards a certain fund.
For more information on donations, please contact Cheryl Brown at 770-499-3129. To purchase tickets, visit the KSU Box Office or call 770-423-6650.
Machan will present a poetry reading on Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Wilson Building, room 138.
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