Arts at UNCW


Spotlight on Theater
JULY 14, 2019
FROM 2 - 10 p.m.
$10 per show

Featuring new plays by Mouths of Babes, Robin Post, Khalisa Rae, and Ed Wagenseller  

Mouths of Babes: Florence Stories: Voices from After the Storm, 2 p.m.  
Hurricane Florence’s impact on Wilmington 

A new work in development by MoB Theatre about the recent hurricane to hit North Carolina. Interviews gathered from the community create a discussion on the impact of the hurricane and the increasing effects of global warming on coastal communities. 

Robin Post: Release the Wild Chicken4 p.m.
A solo theatrical tapestry of past trauma, power, and an integrating of the self by sifting through the rubble, living in the rumble of deep vulnerability, and discovering the wisdom of wildness. Some of the content is specific to sexual abuse and the piece explores the cyclical nature of returning to the same obstacles, facing their origins, full on, and thereby changing one’s perspective each time we “turn around.” During the present culture shift where women are beginning to feel the potential for a paradigm shift and as they speak out and challenge the patriarchal system that has effectively silenced them for centuries, Robin Post says, “release the wild chicken!”

Khalisa Rae: The 7+ Deadly Sins of Being a Woman, 6:30 p.m.  
Empowering women through performance 

Athenian Press and Khalisa Rae present: "The 7+ Deadly Sins of Being A Woman". 7 Deadly Sins is a series of dramatic monologues inspired by the poems of author and poet, Khalisa Rae Williams. Based on the book, Real Girls Have Real Problems, 7 Deadly Sins was birthed out of the notion that society silences the problems of women/women-identified people instead of empowering them to declare out loud and become freed in the process. Come witness this powerful ensemble of women, femme, and non-binary folks perform pieces on: sexuality, gender equality, classism/racism, generational curses, mental health, assault and abuse.

Ed Wagenseller: Academania: aka I’m Only doing this for Tenure, 8:30 p.m.  
A comedic musical romp through academia

A college professor fights his way up the academic food chain  in an effort to  achieve the status of tenured professor. This comedic musical romp through higher education and the ridiculousness that is Academia is a first person look at life as an academic though the eyes of the performer.  

Make Trouble: Timon of Athens
JULY 17 & 18, 2019
AT 7 p.m.

The tragedy of a spendthrift with Make Trouble  

Timon is renowned for his hospitality, but when called to pay his debts, he must confront hard truths about the authenticity of human motivations. This production is performed and directed by Alchemical Theatre Company’s Make Trouble, an actor training intensive and repertory company in Shakespeare, Ensemble, and Devising for university actors and recent graduates.

Make Trouble: A Midsummer Night's Dream
JULY 16 AT 7 p.m.
JULY 19 AT 2 p.m.

Love, confusion, and hilarity abound with Make Trouble  

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of William Shakespeare’s finest and most popular comedies. Love, confusion, and hilarity abound as Theseus, the Duke of Athens, seeks to marry Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. In the forest, fairies tinker with the magic of manipulation, and Athenian craftsmen rehearse a play for the duke and bride-to-be. This production is performed and directed by Alchemical Theatre Company’s Make Trouble, an actor training intensive and repertory company in Shakespeare, Ensemble, and Devising for university actors and recent graduates. Make Trouble nurtures and trains emerging artists as a fiercely generous and courageous ensemble of theater-makers from around the world, for this summer and for enduring collaborations together.

Alchemical Theatre Company: Behind the Curtain
JULY 20, 2019
AT 7:30 p.m.

Multi-award winning Alchemical Theatre Company invites you to an exclusive, one-night only behind the curtain experience. Within the span of two hours you will learn how Shakespeare is being used in training with teachers working with children on the autism spectrum; Alchemical’s college-education program, Make Trouble, will perform an excerpt from the current season’s program; the evening concludes with the debut of In Blood - Christopher Marino’s up close and personal take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, featuring Marino and Esther Williamson. Preferred seating is on the Kenan stage and priced at $60, space is limited - get your tickets today. All ticket sales for the evening will support Alchemical Theatre Company’s - a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization - current and future programming.