November 22, 2011
Theatre UNCA will present “Perspectives,” a festival of six short plays, directed and performed by UNC Asheville students. The festival is free and open to the public, from Dec. 2-5 in various campus locations.
Works by Jean Paul Sarte and Jean Genet will be presented together. Senior Bobby Abrahamson will direct Genet’s dark drama of violent fantasy, “The Maids,” and Sartre’s existentialist classic, “No Exit,” will be directed by senior Garrett Funk. To lighten the mood, the production will finish with John Cariani’s romantic comedy, “Almost Maine.” Described by the New York Times as “love in the time of frostbite,” when it opened off-Broadway in 2005, “Almost Maine” will be directed by junior Cory Cheeks. Performances of this contrasting trio of short plays begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in UNC Asheville’s Carol Belk Theatre.
In a separate performance, junior Chris Kugler will direct Paul Zindel’s “Let Me Hear You Whisper,” a drama about a laboratory cleaning woman who tries to save a talking dolphin from further experiments. This play will be staged, appropriately, in Rhoades Hall Science Lab 138, with two 7 p.m. performances, Saturday, Dec. 3 and Monday, Dec. 5.
The final performances will pair Tennessee Williams’ “Something Unspoken,” and “Lie to Me,” by Christopher Lockheardt. Katherine Palm, a junior, will direct Williams’ drama about the impact of an incident that simply can’t be discussed upon the political and personal fortunes of a woman in the early 20th century South. Kirby Gibson, a senior, will direct “Lie to Me,” a series of three scenes about honesty and self-deception. These performances will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 in the Highsmith University Union Grotto. There will also be a solo performance of “Lie to Me” at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.
No tickets are needed for the ”Perspectives” festival performances. For more information, contact Drama Department Chair Laura Bond, at 828.232.2992.