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 

This series of dramatic monologues inspired by the poems of  author and poet,  Khalisa  (Kelly) Rae Williams   was birthed out of the notion that society silences the problems of women instead of empowering us to declare them out loud and become freed in the process.  

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.

Alchemical Theatre Company invites you to an exclusive, one-night-only behind the curtain experience. With a focus on performance, training, and education, this professional theatre company pushes the boundaries of traditional theatre using the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries to inspire observations relevant in today's society. Patrons will have exclusive access to a bespoke piece crafted specifically for this very special event: "In blood, stepped in so far - The Macbeths,” an exploration of the ramifications of murder on a couple's relationship. In this two-person adaptation of Macbeth, professional classical actors Christopher Marino (winner of the 2019 Star News Award for Best Director) and Esther Williamson (nominated for Best Actress) will take on the journey of the Macbeths, as they plot, carry out, and cover up the murder of the King of Scotland. Alchemical's college-aged training program, Make Trouble, will perform excerpts of Shakespeare from their 5-week intensive. Robin Post will showcase the Shakespeare and Autism program working alongside a team educators, students and children on the autism spectrum. A few other surprises are also in store! All ticket sales for the evening will support Alchemical Theatre Company's current and future programming.