Posting Date: July 5, 2011

KSU theatre department announces 2011-2012 season
Productions feature magic, mystery, comedy and more

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The student cast of "Splittin' the Raft"

KENNESAW, Ga.—The Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance kicks off its 2011-2012 season on Aug. 26 with “Detroit,” an original play by OBIE-award winning playwright Lisa D'Amour. “Our upcoming season is one of our most ambitious. The season promises to be thoughtful and engaging,” explains John Gentile, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance.

“This season features works of mystery, magic and profound soul-searching,” says Dean Adams, associate professor and artistic director. “Our productions challenge the limits of what it means to be human, and I invite audiences to share the range of performance and human experience that is brought to life by our talented students, faculty and guest artists.”

The dark comedy, “Detroit” opens the season Aug. 26. A 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Drama finalist, this production depicts a backyard neighborly cookout that takes an interesting and dangerous turn. TPS faculty will perform this reading. Come catch a glimpse of D’Amour’s new play before it hits Broadway this fall.

Sept. 16-17 offers more readings with the “KSU Storyfest. KSU welcomes internationally known storyteller Laura Simms to campus. Her performances touch audiences through her warmth, understanding, variety of subject matters, humor and commitment to the art of storytelling.

Splittin’ the Raft” offers a retelling of Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from Sept. 21-26. Interpreted by ex-slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, this musical features four actors/singers performing 31 different characters. "We have an amazing cast which reflects the range and diversity of our talented student body,” Associate Professor Harrison Long, who directs the production, says.

Set in 1920s Paris, the next performance, “The Cocteau Hour,” features two short works—“The Eiffel Tower Wedding Party” by Jean Cocteau and “The Veiling Mists, or, More Perils of Photography,” an original response by Michael Haverty. These works explore the mystery of art and its ties to technology and desire. This production shows from Oct. 4-9.

Mystery is further featured Oct. 18-23 in “Dark Forest featuring tales and poems from the Brothers Grimm. Adapted by John Gentile, this production asks audiences to revisit these childhood stories and poems with a new outlook. “Over the years, fairy tales have often been simplified for children. My goal is to return these stories to their full emotional power and magic, Gentile says. “I hope audiences gain a new appreciation for these stories, for their depth and continued relevance.”

The KSU Dance Company takes the stage Nov. 16-19 with “Paquita+III.” Guest dancers from Atlanta Ballet will be featured in the performance along with three new contemporary pieces.

Experience a night of poetry with “The Spoken Word," featuring Robbie Q. Telfer and Shanney Jean Maney on Jan. 27-28. Telfer and Maney are authors, teachers, poets and co-creators of the literary variety show “The Encyclopedia Show.”

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with “Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet,” featuring a 16-year old boy and his mystery of sexual awakening, showing Feb. 14-19. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, this piece combines West African myth, Louisiana culture, poetry and humor.

“Frankenstein’d” is the feature of this year’s “New Works and Ideas” showing March 21-23. Directed by Assistant Professor Charles Parrott, this original post-modern production proves there is more than monster in this character. Also part of “New Works and Ideas,” the New 10-Minute Play Festival coordinated by Margaret Baldwin takes place March 24.

The season of mystery and enchantment closes with “The Secret Garden” from April 10-15.  Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, this Tony-award winning musical features a haunting score, ghosts and a magical locked garden. “This production will hold true to the focus and themes of the novel; that is, that living things hold healing and regenerative powers,” Adams describes. “We ‘live’ by being connected to the living. ‘The Secret Garden’ is symbolically that life force.”

The following productions may not be suitable for all audiences: Detroit, The Cocteau Hour,The Spoken Word, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet and New Works and Ideas.

For ticketing information, visit the online box office or call 770-423-6650.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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