College Drama Playbill Set For Fall Season

This year, theater at UVa-Wise is lit.

The Theater Department features productions by contemporary British playwrights in its fall 2017 playbill:

  • “Top Girls” by Caryl Churchill
  • “The Real Inspector Hound” by Tom Stoppard
  • “Black Comedy” by Peter Shaffer

All the plays this semester are student directed, which doesn’t happen often.

“That’s actually rare,” Professor Michael McNulty said. “Our students in the final year of their coursework as theater majors have to do a senior seminar. Directing is an option that they are allowed to select if they have demonstrated previously the ability to get people to work on a project. We just happened to have three students all at the same time.”

Department professors help structure the research the students must do to complete their seminar, but the rest is left to the students.

The American Shakespeare Company is offering student workshops on campus on Sept. 11. Four workshops will be conducted starting at 11 a.m. with a costuming workshop, rhetoric on Shakespeare at 2 p.m., embedded stage directions at 3 p.m. and special effects at 4 p.m. These workshops are open to all students. Those who are interested should contact Professor McNulty at mm7dw@uvawise.edu.

The audition deadline for plays this semester has passed, but there are other opportunities for students to get involved. Positions are available for students interested in working backstage with lighting or costumes. Stage manager positions are open as well. Students can work these positions on a volunteer basis or for credit.

Auditions in the spring are open to anyone, regardless of major. Students interested in performing can audition at that time. Dates for spring auditions are typically released early in the spring semester.

“Black Comedy” and “The Real Inspector Hound” will be on Oct. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. They will also show on Nov. 3 and 4 at 8 p.m.

“Top Girls” will be shown on Nov. 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 12. The last two showings will be Nov. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.

All plays will be in the College’s Gilliam Center for the Arts.

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