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Wednesday, February 6
 

3:00pm

PERFORMANCE: The Danube produced by Wofford College
The Danube  by Marie Irene Fornes - KCACTF4 Invited Production
Produced by Wofford College.
Due to the unique staging approach there are limited seats for this production. We are presenting two opportunities to see it.  Wednesday, Feb 6 at 3pm and Thursday, Feb 7 at 10:30 am.  Tickets will be made available at the info table in the Marriott Lobby.
Performances are at the Wofford College Theatre - Richardson Auditorium.

María Irene Fornés (1930 - 2018)
 
America has produced no dramatist of greater importance than María Irene Fornés, a statement with which no serious person familiar with our literature and stage practice could disagree. She’s one of the greats: Her accomplishment is unimpeachable, enduring, protean. She ranks with Albee, Guare, and Mamet; with Caryl Churchill in England and the late Heiner Müller in Berlin. I have loved her work since I first started studying and thinking about playwriting. Her plays and productions altered my understanding of what theater is; what it aims at accomplishing; what it may demand of its audience; how it speaks to the political through the personal and vice versa; and the role beauty plays in the political, redemptive, transformational power of art. Fornés is a creator of worlds of tough, exigent, overwhelming beauty.
- Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America


Speakers
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Richard "Buzz" Herman

University of Central Missouri
Richard “Buzz” Herman is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri.  Buzz currently serves as the NPP National Chair for KCACTF. He is past Region V Chair of NPP, has served a member of the Region V Selection Team.  He has received three KCACTF... Read More →
avatar for Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco is a theatre artist whose work encompasses many aspects of performance, production, activism and education. She firmly believes that through a redefined actor-audience relationship and a “multilingual” approach to performance, theatre can be the catalyst for change... Read More →
avatar for Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley – is the NPP Co-chair for Region 2.  Associate Professor of Theatre at Slippery Rock University, Laura’s teaching includes focus on acting: Stanislavski, Uta Hagen & Shakespeare, directing styles, as well as, compassionate yoga practice to strengthen student wellness... Read More →



Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Wofford College -Richardson Auditorium Theatre (RCA) 130 Memorial Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29303

8:00pm

PERFORMANCE: Bloodroot -Liberty University & Announcements
Bloodroot - a new play developed by the women's writing project at Liberty University.

Begun as a response to the challenge to create more roles for women, this play brings together six different histories of women from the Clinch Mountain area in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.  Ranging from the  1940's back to 1755, the tales of the strong-willed and determined women who helped shape our country are explored in this thoughtful and provocative narrative.

From some of the playwrights -
I initially joined this project because it sounded like a great story to be a part of and I wanted a great résumé builder. Seeing a piece of work come together from so many different minds and the stories of beautifully strong women of our history was so inspirational. The best part of this entire process is looking into the eyes of those playing these women, embracing the connection that these women have with each other, and uniting it with our own stories of who we want to be. I hope that all who watch this show see the heartbreak, the devastation and learn to find the courage and resilience that these women found for themselves. - Sarah Beattie
This project was special because of the passion behind it - from our first meeting to our final read-through, every woman in the room was ready, willing, and excited to be telling these stories. During the process of researching and writing, I was constantly surprised by the bravery and strength shown by the women of the Clinch Mountain area. This play can only contain a small fraction of the many, but these are voices that deserve to be heard and remembered.
- Kristin Lindquist
I have learned so much and loved every moment of it! It was priceless to see all the girls in this project come together to create. When I first got involved I didn’t realize the scale of it, but I am so glad I was able to be so involved because I have learned so much about myself as a creative person and about the other women in this department. One of my favorite moments was seeing the scenes on their feet for the first time. It was like all the imaginations in my head were coming to life, and I am now hooked on the magic of playwriting. I always laugh when I remember where my scene fi rst started to where it is now. It is scary and humbling to play a character that I’ve written, but I wouldn’t trade this experience.
- Laura Falcione

Speakers
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Richard "Buzz" Herman

University of Central Missouri
Richard “Buzz” Herman is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri.  Buzz currently serves as the NPP National Chair for KCACTF. He is past Region V Chair of NPP, has served a member of the Region V Selection Team.  He has received three KCACTF... Read More →
avatar for Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco is a theatre artist whose work encompasses many aspects of performance, production, activism and education. She firmly believes that through a redefined actor-audience relationship and a “multilingual” approach to performance, theatre can be the catalyst for change... Read More →
avatar for Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley – is the NPP Co-chair for Region 2.  Associate Professor of Theatre at Slippery Rock University, Laura’s teaching includes focus on acting: Stanislavski, Uta Hagen & Shakespeare, directing styles, as well as, compassionate yoga practice to strengthen student wellness... Read More →



Wednesday February 6, 2019 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Converse College - Twitchell Auditorium 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302
 
Thursday, February 7
 

10:30am

PERFORMANCE: Antigone - Clayton State
Clayton State takes on Bertolt Brecht's adaptation of Antigone.  The text of the
play itself is an exciting blend of a classical text and epic theatre. Students participating in the
production and audiences were able to encounter the tragedy of Antigone, rendered through
Brecht and Malina’s words, and viewed through the lens of our contemporary vision. Though
Sophocles’ text is thousands of years old, Brecht’s adaptation 70 years old, and Malina’s
translation over 50 years old, the themes, images, and words still resonate. Throughout the
rehearsal process, actors noticed lines or moments that stood out as particularly relevant to the
current political situation in the US and integrated those resonances into their performance.

Speakers
avatar for Richard

Richard "Buzz" Herman

University of Central Missouri
Richard “Buzz” Herman is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri.  Buzz currently serves as the NPP National Chair for KCACTF. He is past Region V Chair of NPP, has served a member of the Region V Selection Team.  He has received three KCACTF... Read More →
avatar for Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco is a theatre artist whose work encompasses many aspects of performance, production, activism and education. She firmly believes that through a redefined actor-audience relationship and a “multilingual” approach to performance, theatre can be the catalyst for change... Read More →
avatar for Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley – is the NPP Co-chair for Region 2.  Associate Professor of Theatre at Slippery Rock University, Laura’s teaching includes focus on acting: Stanislavski, Uta Hagen & Shakespeare, directing styles, as well as, compassionate yoga practice to strengthen student wellness... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Upstate Campus -HPAC - Mainstage Humanities and Performing Arts Center 170 Gramling Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303

8:30pm

PERFORMANCE: Émilie: The Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight - Georgia Southern and Evening Annoucements
Émilie: The Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight.  by Lauren Gunderson
Produced by Georgia Southern University

House opens at 8:00, curtain at 8:30
Written by Georgia playwright Lauren Gunderson, Émilie is the story of a mathematical genius, the first woman published by the French Academy of Science, a member of the royalty and a lover of Voltaire. The Marquise overcomes the challenges faced by women of her time by living her life on her own terms. She fought for her own education, carried out experiments in physics and completed a translation and commentary of Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica that is still in use to date.

After the performance, Irene Ryan finalist announcement, Medallion award and ATHE

Speakers
avatar for Richard

Richard "Buzz" Herman

University of Central Missouri
Richard “Buzz” Herman is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri.  Buzz currently serves as the NPP National Chair for KCACTF. He is past Region V Chair of NPP, has served a member of the Region V Selection Team.  He has received three KCACTF... Read More →
avatar for Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley – is the NPP Co-chair for Region 2.  Associate Professor of Theatre at Slippery Rock University, Laura’s teaching includes focus on acting: Stanislavski, Uta Hagen & Shakespeare, directing styles, as well as, compassionate yoga practice to strengthen student wellness... Read More →



Thursday February 7, 2019 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Converse College - Twitchell Auditorium 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302
 
Friday, February 8
 

12:00pm

PERFORMANCE: String - Jacksonville University
STRING - produced by Jacksonville University.  An original production by student playwright Carlos Adorno.

STRING follows the story of a musician, Shakespeare, his brother Chris, and their
Ma, as they fight to achieve satisfaction in their lives despite Ma’s deteriorating health.
Shakespeare’s musicianship is ultimately symbolic of the family’s scrupulous lifestyle,
as he plays a guitar that wields only one string. Directed by faculty Erik DeCicco this intimate play is written by JU Theater major Carlos Adorno featuring music by Casey Gulledge.  

Photo by  Josh Andrews 

Speakers
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Richard "Buzz" Herman

University of Central Missouri
Richard “Buzz” Herman is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri.  Buzz currently serves as the NPP National Chair for KCACTF. He is past Region V Chair of NPP, has served a member of the Region V Selection Team.  He has received three KCACTF... Read More →
avatar for Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco is a theatre artist whose work encompasses many aspects of performance, production, activism and education. She firmly believes that through a redefined actor-audience relationship and a “multilingual” approach to performance, theatre can be the catalyst for change... Read More →
avatar for Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley – is the NPP Co-chair for Region 2.  Associate Professor of Theatre at Slippery Rock University, Laura’s teaching includes focus on acting: Stanislavski, Uta Hagen & Shakespeare, directing styles, as well as, compassionate yoga practice to strengthen student wellness... Read More →



Friday February 8, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Converse College - Twitchell Auditorium 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

8:30pm

PERFORMANCE: Hands Up - Spelman College and Evening Announcements
There are times when art is made and times when it has to be made.
This is one of those times. This summer I was planning on directing
a gender bending version of 12 Angry Jurors for the fall semester at
Spelman. But every morning I woke up, I was witness to tragedy
after tragedy of African Americans breath being stolen from them
before they could reach the full potential of that breath and I could
not let my art be entertaining this season. I set out to motivate, to
activate, to participate, to invigorate, and most of all to mandate my
student artists to use their art to become ARTIVIST. What we have
assembled in this piece, through just a few weeks of rehearsal, is
turning these one-person monologues on their heads and making
them a community effort-onstage and off. I know that you will be
moved by this piece and my greatest desire is that it will move you
into your own sphere of creativity and awaken the ARTIVISTS in-
side of each and Every One of you....

Artistically,

Keith Arthur Bolden, MFA

Announcements to follow performance:
DTM Awards

Speakers
avatar for Richard

Richard "Buzz" Herman

University of Central Missouri
Richard “Buzz” Herman is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri.  Buzz currently serves as the NPP National Chair for KCACTF. He is past Region V Chair of NPP, has served a member of the Region V Selection Team.  He has received three KCACTF... Read More →
avatar for Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco is a theatre artist whose work encompasses many aspects of performance, production, activism and education. She firmly believes that through a redefined actor-audience relationship and a “multilingual” approach to performance, theatre can be the catalyst for change... Read More →
avatar for Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley

Laura Smiley – is the NPP Co-chair for Region 2.  Associate Professor of Theatre at Slippery Rock University, Laura’s teaching includes focus on acting: Stanislavski, Uta Hagen & Shakespeare, directing styles, as well as, compassionate yoga practice to strengthen student wellness... Read More →



Friday February 8, 2019 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Converse College - Twitchell Auditorium 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302
 
Saturday, February 9
 

8:00pm

Gala Performance and Closing Announcements / Awards
Gala Performance
Closing Announcements to follow including:
Irene Ryan, MTI, SDC, Golden Hard Hat, Dramaturgy, and ITJA Awards

Saturday February 9, 2019 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Converse College - Twitchell Auditorium 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302