A student-focused program designed to explore content that is meaningful and relevant to college students as they navigate relationships with each other and the broader world. The OPEN DOOR SERIES explores a broad range of play texts, styles and genres. Projects invite partnerships with other NC State organizations and foster community connections through theatre. Contact Rachel Klem or Mia Self for more info or to establish a partnership connection.
Aug. 24 | CREATIVE ARTIST READING: A Good Little Rain by Natalie Sherwood
Wolfpack Welcome Week. Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm, FREE admission.
Sept. 17 | AUDITION ORIENTATION — In The Blood
Frank Thompson Hall, 7:00pm
Sept. 18/19 | AUDITIONS — In The Blood
Frank Thompson Hall, 7:00pm. A perusal script is available in the lobby at Thompson Hall. Interested persons may check out and read the script in the lobby. Click here for audition info.
Sept. 19 | TALKBACK — Men on Boats
Grand Hallway, Frank Thompson Hall, At the conclusion of the performance of Men on Boats — approximately 9:30pm. FREE admission.
Sept. 24/25 | BANNED BOOKS PERFORMANCE
NC State students present scenes and monologues from banned and challenged books as part of National Banned Books Week in conjunction with NCSU Libraries. Location/Time TBA, FREE admission.
Oct. 16/19 | IN THE BLOOD TALKBACK
Talkbacks are scheduled after each performance of Suzan-Lori Park’s In The Blood for Tuesday, October 16 (student focused) and Friday, October 19 (Open to the community). Approximate start time is 9:30pm. FREE admission.
Oct. 17-21 | IN THE BLOOD by Suzan-Lori Parks
Hester and her 5 children are homeless and desperate for a way off the street. Although Hester‘s family is surrounded by seemingly helpful people, they are unable to get out from under the poverty and neglect that society has heaped upon them. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Suzan-Lori Parks, this re-envisioning of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter engages the audience in questions of societal and personal responsibility. IN THE BLOOD is presented in support of NC State’s campus-wide conversation related to the University’s common reading of Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer’s, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.
By Suzan-Lori Parks
NC State students: $6
Nov. 12 | THE REAL VIRGINS OF CUBA by Anthony Garcia-Copian
The Real Virgins of Cuba reading and talkback with local playwright Anthony Garcia-Copian.
The time is the present, Fidel Castro has died and Americans are flocking to Cuba because the U.S. has been inundated with foreigners. Drug users, ex-prostitutes and a sassy transgender spitfire fight to keep the retirement home that the old government left them to build a communal retirement home. When an American reverend shows up to run them out of town things get stranger, dark and far more bizarre than they usually are.
Anthony Garcia-Copian is an award-winning playwright and artist. He has written various dark comedies that have been produced nationwide. He is from Cuba and lives in Raleigh with his husband, his cats and his dreams.
Frank Thompson Hall, Room 150, 7:30pm, FREE admission.
Dec. 6 | NCSU DANCE WITH MODERATED TALKBACK
Frank Thompson Hall, Room 150, 6:00pm, FREE admission.
Jan. 30 | AUDITION ORIENTATION — A Good Little Rain
Frank Thompson Hall, 7:00pm
Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 | AUDITIONS — A Good Little Rain
Frank Thompson Hall, 7:00pm. A perusal script is available in the lobby at Thompson Hall. Interested persons may check out and read the script in the lobby. Audition sides (scenes) will be available online here as the date approaches.
Feb. 11 | READING 2
Title to be named at a later date. Frank Thompson Hall, Room 150, 7:30pm, FREE admission.
Mar. 20-24 | A GOOD LITTLE RAIN by Natalie Sherwood
A young woman searches for meaning in mental illness, explorations of sexuality, and the loss that comes with the chronic illness of her mother. Michelle struggles with depression, anxiety, and her distorted self-image at the core of her battle in this memory play by Arts NC State 2018 Creative Artist Award-winner, Natalie Sherwood.
Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall. NCSU students – $6. Tickets available February 1.
Apr. 16 | NCSU DANCE WITH MODERATED TALKBACK
Frank Thompson Hall, Room 150, 5:30pm, FREE admission.