The UVa-Wise theater department will have multiple productions this semester and only one centerpiece production directed by a faculty member.
The main spring semester play is “Red Noses” by Peter Barnes, directed by Michael McNulty, the Department Chair of the Visual Performance Arts Division. This production will be the largest cast the theater department has had for a production. McNulty also added that this is one of his favorite plays because of the important attributes humans have, including the ability to still love one another.
“Red Noses” is a dark comedy set in fourteenth-century France during the period of the Black Death. The central character is a priest who is led by God to leave the church and form a clown troupe to entertain people who are dying from the plague.
The Los Angeles Times review of “Red Noses” called it a “wonderful play … about laughter; how it can keep us sane in one kind of crisis and play us false in another.”
The Theater Department encourages students, faculty, staff and people from the community to audition every semester. The department held auditions in January to get a jumpstart. Rehearsals continue every Monday-Friday until April. The UVa-Wise production has 34 speaking parts, making it one of the largest productions by the department. Cast members are also responsible for building the set, costume or any technical work needed for the play
“Red Noses” will appear at the Gilliam Center for Arts April 7-9 and 14-15. All performances start at 8 p.m. except for April 9, which starts at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are free for students, faculty and staff. Tickets for the general public are $5 for all ages. Reservations can be made through etix.com. Unreserved seats will be sold 30 minutes prior to the start of the play and are issued on a first come, first served basis. For more information visit the UVa-Wise website or contact Michael McNulty in the Theater Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-328-0226.