2019-2020 Open Door Series

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.

 


August 23 | Jesus Pancake: A New Work by local playwright Tamara Kissane

Jesus Pancake: A New Work by local playwright Tamara Kissane

Jesus Pancake is an audio drama written by local playwright Tamara Kissane. Aimee is intrigued when a pancake she makes looks just like Jesus, but when her wishes start coming true, she realizes something truly profound is at work.

➢The Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm, FREE


September 18 | Audition Orientation for “Fefu and Her Friends” AND Reading of “Ripe Frenzy”

➢ Room 150, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:00pm


September 19-20 | Auditions: “Fefu and Her Friends” AND Reading of “Ripe Frenzy”

Will be held Thursday and Friday evening at 7:00pm in the Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre located in Frank Thompson Hall. Auditions are open to all currently enrolled NC State students. A perusal script is available to be read in the lobby at Thompson Hall. Audition sides available here.


September 25 | Banned Books Performance

➢ Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm, FREE


October 23-27 | “Fefu and Her Friends” by María Irene Fornés Performances

Fefu and Her Friends

Set in 1935, the play shows a slice of the lives of eight women gathered for a day to rehearse for a charity event. This iconic play by Cuban American writer María Irene Fornés focuses on gender roles and the struggle against female stereotypes. Presented in “promenade” style, the audience travels to different locations to observe the action of the play.


Fornés is the winner of nine Obie Awards and has been called “the most important American playwright you’ve never heard of,” and “influential beyond measure.” Playwright Paula Vogel said, “In the work of every American playwright at the end of the 20th century, there are only two stages: before she has read María Irene Fornés ­and after.”


Audiences will be asked to travel through the first floor of Thompson Hall including walking for 100 foot intervals and standing once for 10 minutes. Please let us know if you need any assistance with these movement requirements. The event is accessible to people who use mobility devices.


Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm. Current NCSU student admission is FREE.

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November 18 | Reading: “Ripe Frenzy” by Jennifer Barclay

Ripe Frenzy is set in a small town in upstate New York, where the high school is famous for having done the most productions of Our Town of any school, ever. On opening night of the school’s 40th production, a student opens fire with an AR-15. Time is slippery as the play submerges us in the before, during and after of the shooting, using Our Town as a framework to examine what has become our new American norm. Told from the perspective of the mothers of the town, the play questions our own culpability in the perpetuation of mass shootings in our country.


➢ Room 150, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm, FREE


December 2 | NCSU Dance with Moderated Talkback

➢ Room 150, Frank Thompson Hall, 6:00pm, FREE


January 29 | Audition Orientation for Student Shorts

Student Shorts is an evening of 4 ten-minute plays directed by NC State students and guest director Lormarev Jones.

➢ Room 150, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm, FREE


January 30-31 | Auditions for Student Shorts TBD

Will be held Thursday and Friday evening at 7:00pm in the Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre located in Frank Thompson Hall. Auditions are open to all currently enrolled NC State students. A perusal script is available to be read in the lobby at Thompson Hall. Please check back for audition sides and other pertinent information as it is added.


February 10 | Reading #2 TBD

➢ Room 150, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm, FREE


March 18-22 | ODS Performance: Student Shorts

Small windows into different perspectives on identity and being human, Student Shorts is an evening of 4 ten-minute plays directed by students and guest director Lormarev Jones. Performance time is approximately ninety minutes.

➢ Room 150, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm, FREE