Theatre Season

2013-2014 at UNCG Theatre & NC Theatre for Young People

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Hedda Gabler

April 23 - 27, 2014

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By Henrick Ibsen

Directed by Dani Keil

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm on April 23, 24; 8 pm on April 25, 26; 2 pm on April 27

$15 for adults; $10 for children, seniors, students, groups of 10+; $7 UNCG students.

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Reasons to be Pretty

September 20 - 23, 2012

By Neil LaBute

Directed by Michael Flannery

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm on September 20; 8 pm on September 21, 22; and 2 pm on September 23

In Reasons to Be Pretty, Greg's tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker's pretty face and his own girlfriend Steph's lack thereof get back to Steph. But that's just the beginning. Greg's best buddy, Kent, and Kent's wife, Carly, also enter into the picture, and the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust in their journey to answer that oh-so-American question: How much is pretty worth?

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

October 3 - 11, 2012

Book by Alex Timbers

Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Directed by Jim Wren

Taylor Theatre

7:30 pm on October 3, 4, 9, 10, 11; 8 pm on October 5 & 6; 2 pm on October 7

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is a fast-paced entertainment that takes a sharp look at America's seventh president, Andrew Jackson. This satirical epic reveals questions about the country we live in and the leaders we choose. From Obie winners Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman. Part rock concert/part history lesson--this irreverent musical premiered in New York in 2009 and is the winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award (2010 Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical) and the Drama Desk Award (2010 Outstanding Book of a Musical).

Polaroid Stories

October 25 - 28, 2012

by Naomi Iizuka

Directed by Chris Woodworth

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm on October 25; 8 pm on October 26 & 27; 2 pm on October 28

A visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids, Naomi Iizuka's Polaroid Stories journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence. Inspired in part by Ovid's Metamorphoses, Iizuka's Polaroid Stories takes place on an abandoned pier on the outermost edge of a city, a stop for dreamers, dealers and desperadoes, a no-man's land where runaways seek camaraderie, refuge and escape.

**Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

November 10 - 18, 2012

By Allison Gregory

Adapted from the books by Barbara Park

Directed by Rachel Briley

Taylor Theatre

2 pm on November 10, 11, 17, 18; 7:30 pm on Nov.1 0, 16, 17; & 9:30 am & 12 noon Nov. 13-16

Junie B. Jones is a lovable first grader with an attitude. As the winter holidays approach, Junie B.'s class prepares a Holiday Sing Along production. There's only one problem: Junie B. Jones picks her "frenemy", May's name in the Secret Santa drawing! Don't miss this family friendly story about the importance of giving

Flannel Shorts

November 29 - December 2, 2012

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm on November 29; 8 pm on November 30 & December 1; 2 pm on December 2

Enjoy the energetic and engaging work of our student playwrights in ten-minute "shorts" performed by the Sophomore BFA Acting Class.

**Romeo and Juliet

February 15 - 24, 2013

By William Shakespeare

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Directed by John Gulley

Taylor Theatre

8 pm on February 15, 16, 22, 23; 7:30 pm on February 19, 20, 21; 2 pm on February 16*, 17 & 24; 9:30 am school matinees February 19, 20, 22

One of the greatest Shakespearean love stories of all times, Romeo and Juliet tells the unforgettable tale of two star-crossed lovers.

*Super Saturday

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The Long Christmas Ride Home & Hot 'N Throbbing

February 28 - March 3, 2013

By Paula Vogel

The Long Christmas Ride Home Hot 'N Throbbing

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm February 28; 8 pm March 1 & 2; 2 pm on March 3

The Long Christmas Ride Home is a play about a road trip by two parents and their three young children to visit grandparents for the Christmas holiday, as well as the emotional turmoil undergone by various members of the family.

The central action of Hot 'N Throbbing revolves around the arrival of Clyde late on a Friday night, drunk and intending to proposition Charlene despite a restraining order against him because of past domestic violence. Not recommended for audiences 17 and younger due to themes and language.

Listen to director Dani Keil's interview with David Ford on WFDD's Triad Arts Up Close.

**Charlotte's Web

February 26 - March 3, 2013

By E.B. White

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Directed by Denise Gabriel

Taylor Theatre

9:30 am & 12 noon on February 26, 27, 28 and March 1; 2 pm on March 2 & 3

In his classic and beloved novel, E. B. White tells the memorable story of Wilbur, a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte and their chatty animal neighbors. As the runt of the litter, Wilbur struggles to survive from the very beginning. Fern begs her father, Mr. Arable, to raise Wilbur and nurse him to health. Fern succeeds and Wilbur moves to Zuckerman Farm, where he learns the true meaning of friendship from the wise gray spider Charlotte. When it becomes apparent that Wilbur is being well fed for a reason, Charlotte and Wilbur are determined to foil Mr. Zuckerman's plans. With the help of Charlotte and her "terrific" webs, Templeton the rat, and other barnyard friends, Wilbur becomes the prize-winning pig of the County Fair and the most famous pig ever. Lessons of friendship, loyalty, and truth bind this story together and show readers that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

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The Giver & If Only the Lonely Were Home

March 21 - 24, 2013

The Giver, by Lois Lowry
If Only the Lonely Were Home, by Finegan Kruckmeyer

If Only the Lonely Were Home / The Giver

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm March 21; 8 pm March 22; 10 am+, 2 pm++ and 8 pm on March 23; 2 pm on March 24

In The Giver, when young Jonas is chosen by the Elders to be Receiver of Memories, he begins to discover the disturbing truth about his utopian world. Lois Lowry's powerful Newbery Medal-winning novel makes for a fantastic theatrical event. Recommended for audiences 10 and up.

In If Only the Lonely Were Home, The Lonely hasn't been seen for a long time. His house stands quiet, on the furthest edge of town. So everyone brings to his doorstep the things they love - a photo of the wind, a song you sing in cars, a feeling of ferris wheels, some lightning in a jar. The Lonely is ignoring them all. But one girl stands at his door and won't go away. If Only the Lonely Were Home is recommended for ages 4 and up.

+ - The Giver only
++ - If Only the Lonely Were Home only

Cendrillon (Cinderella)

April 10* - 14, 2013

Directed by Mark Clark


Taylor Theatre

7:30 pm on April 11 & 12; 2 pm on April 14

Each spring, UNCG Theatre and the Department of Music Performance collaborate to bring audiences award-winning opera performance productions.

* special student matinee performance at 10 am

**The Metal Children

April 10 - 14, 2013

By Adam Rapp

The Metal Children

Directed by Jim Fisher

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm on April 10 & 11; 8 pm on April 12 & 13; 2 pm on April 14

Delve into censorship in small-town America when a Young Adult book about teenage pregnancy ignites heated emotions over abortion, religious beliefs and modern feminism.

Download the program (PDF format, 1.5 MB)

**Top Girls

April 24 - 28, 2013

By Caryl Churchill

Top Girls

Directed by Christine Morris

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm on April 24 & 25; 8 pm on April 26 & 27; 2 pm on April 28

One of the seminal plays of the twentieth century, Top Girls flashes with razor-sharp wit and ingenious theatricality. 1980, England. Go-getting businesswoman Marlene is hosting a dinner party to celebrate her promotion at the Top Girls Employment Agency. Her guests, all powerful women from myth and history, make for an extraordinary gathering.

Don't miss the accompanying Top Girls Frame/Works event on April 24!

Fall Briefs

September 19 - 22, 2013

By UNCG Playwriting students

Directed by Josh Foldy

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm on September 19; 8 pm on September 20 and 21; and 2 pm on September 22

Formerly known as "Flannel Shorts," UNCG Theatre student playwrights will have their works highlighted in this collection of short plays.

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October 2 - 10, 2013

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Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez, Eric Idle and Neil Innes

Directed by Jim Wren

Taylor Theatre

7:30 pm on October 2, 3, 8-10; 8 pm on October 4 and 5; 2 pm on October 5* & 6

Based on the classic comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," this musical comedy tells the legendary tale of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail featuring oddities such as a line of beautiful dancing girls, a flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, students, groups of 10+; $7 UNCG students.

* Super Saturday High School Recruitment Day/Performance

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October 24 - 27, 2013

By Leslye Headland

Directed by Michael Flannery

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm on October 24; 8 pm on October 25, 26; 2 pm on October 27

On the eve of her wedding, Becky has arranged the perfect bachelorette celebration - but after two party crashers, one manipulative maid of honor, and a bathtub of booze, things don't go according to plan.

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Recent Tragic Events (POP Show - $5)

October 29 - November 2, 2013

By Craig Wright

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Directed by Matthew Miller

Triad Stage - UpStage Cabaret

Oct. 30 at 7:30 pm; Nov. 1 & 2 at 9 pm

"…a poignant, thought-provoking, and yes, essentially amusing piece on the subject September 11, 2011" ...Variety. It is September 12th, 2001; the setting is the Minneapolis apartment of Waverly, a young advertising executive. Soon to venture on a blind date amidst the television news coverage of the September 11th attacks, Waverly becomes preoccupied when she discovers that her twin sister, Wendy, a student in New York, has not been heard from.

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Quake (POP Show - $5)

October 30 - November 2, 2013

By Melanie Marnich

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Directed by Dani Keil

Triad Stage - UpStage Cabaret

Oct. 31 at 7:30 pm; Nov. 1 & 2 at 7 pm

Quake is a comical yet thought-provoking play that follows the misadventures of Lucy in her time-warped, cross-country journey to find the love of her life.

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Peter Pan

November 9 - 17, 2013

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An original adaptation by Janet Allard

Directed by Rachel Briley

Taylor Theatre

2 pm and 7:30 pm on November 9, 16; 2 pm on November 10 and 17; 9:30 am on November 12-15; and 12 noon on November 15

Fly with the boy who refuses to grow up as he takes the Darling children to Neverland where they encounter fantasy, fierce pirates and a world of adventure. $15 for adults; $10 for children, seniors, students, groups of 10+; $7 UNCG students.

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Pride and Prejudice

February 14 - 23, 2014

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adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan
from the novel by Jane Austen

Directed by John Gulley

Taylor Theatre

8 pm on February 14, 15, 21, 22; 2 pm on February 16 & 23; 7:30 pm February 18-20

The free-thinking heroine Elizabeth Bennett is pressured to find a husband by her mother and sisters. When she meets the handsome Mr. Darcy who is rich and arrogant, the two explore manners and the nature of love and independence. $15 for adults; $10 for children, seniors, students, groups of 10+; $7 UNCG students.

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February 27 - March 2, 2014

By Melissa James Gibson

Directed by Denise Gabriel

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm on February 27; 8 pm on February 28, March 1; 2 pm on March 2

Jane, a promising poet without a muse and a single mother without lessons to pass along, finds her dating life is a shambles. Her helpful friends are only making things more complicated as they take uncertain steps into middle age.

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A Year with Frog and Toad: TYA

March 18 - 22, 2014

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Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale

Directed by Alexandria Scamehorn

Taylor Theatre

9:30 am and 12 noon on March 18, 19; 7:30 pm on March 21; 2 pm on March 22

This whimsical show follows two great friends - the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad - through four, fun-filled seasons. $15 for adults; $10 for children, seniors, students, groups of 10+; $7 UNCG students and groups of 10+ on weekday matinee performances.

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The Ugly Duckling

March 20 - 23, 2014

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By Hans Christian Anderson
Adapted by K. Campbell

Directed by Katie Campbell

Taylor Theatre

9:30 am and 12 noon on March 20, 21; 7:30 pm on March 22; 2 pm on March 23

A young misfit duck faces many challenges and struggles, but he endures all hardships and turns into a beautiful, confident swan. $15 for adults; $10 for children, seniors, students, groups of 10+; $7 UNCG students and groups of 10+ on weekday matinee performances.

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The Marriage of Figaro (Spring Opera)

April 2 - 6, 2014

Directed by David Holley

Aycock Auditorium

7:30 pm on April 3, 4; 2 pm on April 6

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance presents The Marriage of Figaro, based on the stage comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais, La folle journee, ou le Mariage de Figaro and composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. UNCG's production entertains audiences with a sleek "Downton Abbey" theme and design.

$15 for adults; $10 for children, seniors, students, groups of 10+; $7 UNCG students.

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The Bungler

April 9 - 13, 2014

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By Moliere

Directed by Matthew Teague Miller

Brown Building Theatre

7:30 pm on April 9, 10; 8 pm on April 11, 12; 2 pm on April 13

$15 for adults; $10 for children, seniors, students, groups of 10+; $7 UNCG students.

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Theatre 232, a collaborative summer theatre festival of Triad Stage and UNCG presents four plays in four weeks during June 2013.

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THTR 232 presents GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. This play is the winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. It is about two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos. June 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 8 pm in the Brown Building Theatre at 402 Tate Street. Tickets are $10 and available at 336-272-0160 or at

THTR 232 presents JUDITH OF BETHULIA by Charles Busch. JUDITH OF BETHULIA is an outrageous and bawdy celebration of the Hollywood Biblical epic. Lepers, whores, eunuchs, centurions, evil generals, youthful poets and a beautiful redheaded widow make Charles Busch's latest comedy an event worth praying for. Late night performances at 10 pm (time is approximate---these performances begin immediately after the mainstage production of Tennessee Playboy) June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29 at the UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage. All tickets are $10. Call 336-272-0160 or logon to

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THTR 232 presents NOODLE DOODLE BOX offers an engaging lesson in learning to share and live together. Pepper and Zacharias are two clowns. They each possess a box/house -- a private space which each refuses to share with the other. Suddenly, a pompous, overbearing Drum Major appears and decides he likes both boxes. He uses Pepper's and Zacharias's competitive natures to pit them against each other so that he can steal their boxes. However, they acquire one new box, which they learn to share and enjoy together. An important children's work, but more importantly, a delightful, entertaining play. NOODLE DOODLE BOX performs at the Brown Building Theatre at 402 Tate Street (UNCG Campus) on June 15, 22, 29 at 2 pm; and June 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 10 am and June 27 at 12 noon. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children, students, seniors; and $5 for groups of 10 or more. This one-hour play is best enjoyed by audiences 4-8 years old. Call 336-272-0160 or 336-334-4392 or visit

THTR 232 presents TENNESSEE PLAYBOY, A Redneck Romance written and directed by Preston Lane, freely adapted from J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. It's just another rainy night at a 24-hour truck stop in East Tennessee when a stranger staggers in with a shocking tale of a murder most foul. He killed his father, he claims - knocked him over the head and left him for dead. Desperate, Chuck Macadie begs for a place to hide. His story is so thrilling and his deed so daring that instead of turning him over to the law, the locals embrace him as a hero. But his fortunes change when his "dead" father suddenly appears. This world-premiere adaptation is a celebration of first love, tall tales and second chances. June 9-30. Visit or call 336-272-0160 for precise dates/times and ticket pricing.

Frame/Works is a program designed to draw connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice. Scholars are invited to present their research on a play, playwright, historical moment, genre or style in a pre-show lecture prior to a performance. Following the performance, they are invited to share their responses to the production along with selected members of the cast and creative team. Attendees and audience members are enthusiastically encouraged to join in the discussions. Together, we "frame" a "work" of theatrical art.

Upcoming Frame/Works Events

Wednesday, April 24th

"Constructing Motherhood"

A Free Pre-Show Lecture-Discussion for the UNCG Theatre production of Top Girls

5:00-6:15 p.m.
Brown Building Theatre

"Then We'll Start All Over Again": Examining Motherwork through Women's Descriptions of their Daily Practices
Dr. Tracy R. Nichols, UNCG

"Nurturing the Impossible: Motherhood and its Absences in the Plays of Caryl Churchill"
Ms. Christy Gaydon Jones, UNCG

"Teaching Social Responsibility: Brecht, Postmodernity, & Top Girls"
Dr. Scott Proudfit, Elon University

Dr. Nichols, Ms. Gaydon Jones, and Dr. Proudfit will present their research, followed by a Q & A discussion with those in attendance. Frame/Works attendees are encouraged to see Top Girls that evening. Following the April 24th performance of Top Girls, audience members are invited to stay for a post-performance discussion with the presenters and selected production team members. For more information on Frame/Works, contact Dr. Chris Woodworth ( or 336-334-3892).

For tickets to Top Girls visit the UNCG Box Office ticketing page

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Dramaturgy as an artistic-intellectual practice has existed in some form or another since the origins of Western theatre. Officially, however, dramaturgy can be traced back to the late 18th century, with the publication of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's text Hamburg Dramaturgy. According to Bert Cardullo, dramaturgy today "denotes the multi-faceted study of a given play: its author, content, style, and interpretive possibilities, together with its historical, theatrical, and intellectual background". Dramaturgy can include a number of tasks: literary management, the development of new playwriting, collaboration with directors, designers, and actors, season selection, and audience outreach. Dramaturgy synthesizes research across a number of historical moments and disciplines including the context within which a play text was originally written and performed, the paradigm within which the production is staged, and the current moment of production. As Elinor Fuchs notes, "dramatic worlds don't just speak to and within themselves; they also speak to each other". Dramaturgy explores parallels, intersections, and connections between seemingly disparate historic moments. Noted scholar and professional dramaturg Felicia Hardison Londré notes that "the dramaturg's words constitute invisible connecting links between page and stage and between theatre artist and theatre consumer". Students enrolled in the Production Practicum in Dramaturgy will experience all stages of dramaturgical research, production support, and audience outreach, serving as a collaborator on an array of productions.

Works Cited

Cardullo, Bert, Ed. What is Dramaturgy? New York: Peter Lang, 1995.

Fuchs, Elinor. "EF's Visit to a Small Planet: Some Questions to Ask a Play." Theater 34.2 (Summer 2004): 4-9.

Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim. Hamburg Dramaturgy. Trans. Helen Zimmern. New York: Dover Publications, 1962.

Londré, Felicia Hardison. Words at Play: Creative Writing and Dramaturgy. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005.

The Playreading Group was newly formed in the spring semester of 2011 in preparation for visits by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Paula Vogel and Suzan-Lori Parks. Groups of students and faculty gather to read and discuss contemporary plays. Check back often for updates on future meetings of the Playreading Group as we continue to explore work by other contemporary writers.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the playreading group is exploring works written in response to the tragedy (or, in the case of Churchill's Far Away, contemporary works whose post-9/11 productions are inflected by the events). Students and Faculty gather on Wednesdays at 4:15 in Taylor Conference Room (31) to read the plays aloud and to discuss them. Participants are encouraged to bring their own copies of each play or to borrow from a friend, the library, or Interlibrary Loan.

There are currently no Playreading Group events scheduled. Check back in the Fall for an updated list!

Are auditions for UNCG Theatre Productions open?

Yes, any UNCG student may audition for the plays we produce as UNCG Theatre and the North Carolina Theatre for Young People. However, we do hold auditions for the entire Fall semester plays on the evening of the second day of classes. Auditions for the entire Spring semester occur in the previous November. This allows directors, actors, and designers the proper time for research and development and the potential re-scheduling of conflicts.

How is the UNCG Theatre season chosen?

The Play Selection Committee meets late fall to mid winter to develop a season that reflects different styles and periods of theatre, while considering a myriad of factors including: numbers of roles, opportunities for student designers, audience potential, budget requirements and limits, and serving the overall UNCG student body as well as our Department of Theatre student body. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit play titles for consideration (there are specific forms to be completed). The committee than evaluates these choices, presents a season recommendation to the entire faculty, which is subject to approval and/or adjustments.

**denotes mainstage season titles