UNCW Mainstage Set for a Stellar 2017-18 Season

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The UNCW Department of Theatre recently garnered applause from OnStage Blog “for doing tremendous things in theatre that might not be known on a national level.” Its slate of upcoming shows for the 2017-18 season is sure to earn the applause of area theatregoers.

“This season is a great mix of new contemporary plays as well as reimagined classics, featuring the stars of tomorrow,” said Thomas Salzman, chair of the UNCW Department of Theatre.

“Good Kids” 
Written by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Anne Berkeley
Sept. 21-24 & Sept. 28-Oct. 1
Something happened to Chloe after a Saturday night party. Something she says she can’t remember and everyone is talking about. Set at a Midwestern high school, against the world of Facebook, Twitter and smartphones, “Good Kids” explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath.
*This play has strong language, adult situations and is not recommended for young children.

“Billy Witch” 
Written by Gregory S. Moss
Directed by Robin Post
Nov. 9-12 & 16-19
A coming-of-age story that takes place in the woods of a questionable summer camp rich with scary fireside tales, overly enthusiastic camp counselors and hormonal teens. Off-kilter counselors lead the way on the banks of Lake Misha-Ho-Tonk as campers contend with the often frightening, animalistic and humorous onslaught of puberty.
*This play has strong language, adult situations and is not recommended for young children.

“Dr. Faustus”
Written by Christopher Marlowe
Directed and adapted by Christopher Marino
Feb. 15-18 & Feb. 22-25
“He that loves pleasure must for pleasure fall.” – Dr. Faustus 
What happens when you make a bargain with the devil? A play so notorious in its time it was said that real devils appeared on stage and drove the audience mad. See Faustus fall in this new adaption with music by UNCW’s “Beauty and Beast” composer Adrian Varnam ’99, ’09M. 

“Hedda Gabler”
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Paul Castagno
April 12-15 & April 19-22
Fresh from a boring honeymoon, Hedda realizes she has married an aspiring but middling academic she loathes. Fireworks spark when her old flame returns to town as a rival for her husband’s once assured university position. Ruthlessly manipulative, Hedda is cruelly single-minded – leading to fatal consequences. Ibsen’s masterpiece features one of the towering female characters in dramatic literature.

All shows will take place on the Mainstage Theatre in the UNCW Cultural Arts Building. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for seniors, UNCW employees and alumni, and $6 for students (sales tax included). They are available at the Kenan Box Office, by calling 910.962.3500 or online. They can also be purchased in person one hour prior to each show. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. 

In addition to the four Mainstage shows, two student productions are planned, funded by a Cultural Events Grant and the Terry Rodgers Scholarship.

--Caroline Cropp