UNCW Theatre Launches 2012-13 Season with Production of The Glass Menagerie

Launch - 2012-13 UNCW Theatre Season Announcement

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Monday, September 10, 2012

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Theatre will open its 2012-2013 season with The Glass Menagerie, the American classic by Tennessee Williams. Shows will run at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. September 27-30, and October 11-14 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Cultural Arts Building.

The Glass Menagerie is one of the most enduring works of the American theatre.  Williams, known as the playwright of the South, won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for his tale of Amanda Wingfield's love for her reclusive daughter Laura and anguished son Tom. A "gentleman caller" offers Laura an opportunity for romance and happiness, and the family is presented with what may be its final chance for security. The play has been made into films starring Katharine Hepburn and Joanne Woodward.

Directed by Anne Berkeley, this production is the first Williams play by UNCW Theatre in two decades.  "The Glass Menagerie is a social drama about lost innocence and how the animating myths of America entrap the vulnerable," notes Berkeley about her vision of the play.  "It is also a play about the complexity and frailty of human relationships and love."

"Williams achieves enduring relevance by presenting the conflict between defining yourself and fulfilling the expectations of society," says production dramaturg Charles Grimes. 

Tickets are $12 for members of the general public, $10 for UNCW employees and $5 for students. They are available at the Kenan Box Office on campus, by calling 910.962.3500, or on the website at http://www.uncw.edu/arts/boxoffice.html.

A complete schedule for this show and details about the full Theatre season can be found at www.uncw.edu/theatre/.  The website contains a reader's guide for The Glass Menagerie

Other 2012-13 Department of Theatre Productions include:

El Zorro!, a family production based on the classic adventure story - October 18-21 - SRO Theatre

Angels in America: Part I, Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner - November 8-11 & 15-18 - Mainstage Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare - February 14-17 & 21-24 - Mainstage Theatre

Student Lab Series - March 21-24 - SRO Theatre

PROM, launching the Professional Partner Series with Whit MacLaughlin in March/April residence - April 11-14 & 18-21 - Mainstage Theatre

Nearly Lear launching the Solo Genius Series with a solo piece that premiered on Broadway in 2011 by Susanna Hamnett- April 25, 26 - Mainstage Theatre

In addition to the exciting line-up of shows, the Department of Theatre proudly announces two new performance series as part of its ongoing production seasons. The Professional Partner Series will host a major professional performance company, director or playwright in six- to eight-week residencies in the UNCW Department of Theatre to work with students. Professional partners will use the advantage of a UNCW residency to further develop their work, preparing it for wider reception in national/international venues. This year, internationally acclaimed New Paradise Laboratories founder and artistic director Whit MacLaughlin will recreate his award-winning "template play" PROM with UNCW theatre students.

The Solo Genius Series is a collaborative series presented by the UNCW Department of Theatre and the Office of Cultural Arts, featuring prominent national and international artists performing solo works and conducting in-depth teaching residencies through the UNCW theatre program. The 2012/13 Solo Genius program features international artist and educator Susanna Hamnett's Nearly Lear, which had a critically acclaimed 2011 Broadway run.

In addition, UNCW Theatre will partner with the Wilmington Dance Cooperative to host the North Carolina Dance Festival in January 2013.