Virginia Premiere Theatre Announces Fall and Winter Production for 2007 at TNCC

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Virginia Premiere Theatre (VPT), the professional company in residence at The Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg and at the Dr. Mary T. Christian auditorium on the campus of Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, announces its upcoming season for the fall and winter of 2007.

In September, VPT will mount The K of D by Laura Schellhardt. The K of D is a supernatural thriller that tells the story of skinny Charlotte McGraw, a twelve year old girl from a small town in Ohio, whose twin, Jamie, was killed in an auto accident. With Jamie’s dying breath Charlotte inherits the Kiss of Death and exacts her revenge. The K of D was originally created at ACT Theatre, Seattle, WA. Subsequent development of The K of D was supported by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center during a residency at the National Playwrights Conference of 2006 and at the Kennedy Center. The K of D comes to Virginia Premiere Theatre for its first fully-staged production prior to its Washington DC premiere at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (winner of 16 Helen Hayes Awards). Mary Wadkins plays 17 characters from the ages of 12-70 in an evening of chilling, theatrical wizardry. Rebecca Taylor directs.

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Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia Features History of Women’s Life through Dance

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Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia Features History of Women’s Life through DanceIn celebration of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 and of Women’s History Month, Thomas Nelson Community College presents Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia on Friday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Hampton campus. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is performed by the Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theatre (KHGDT) and explores stories from 400 years of Virginia and American history. This program is currently touring across Virginia as part of the State’s 400th anniversary.

Stories to Remember About Women in Virginia dips into history from the settlement of Jamestown in 1607 to present and includes dances recounting the life of women who were born or worked in the state of Virginia. The program opens with a work based on the court dances of France, Spain and Italy that crossed the Atlantic with the first settlers and continued to influence the New World culture and style for years to come. The program then turns to the legends of Pocahontas and First Lady Martha Washington. Slavery and the Civil War are also explored with Spirituals showing the importance of song for the slaves in the south and Battleground depicting Annabella Jenkins of Richmond and the women who took command at home while their men were on the battlefield.

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“One hour and 12 Mighty Minutes”

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By Zachary McCoy, Entertainment Editor

On November 4 the Thomas Nelson Community College Players will be presenting two one act plays under the leadership of director Beth Beasley.  Relatively quick and in your face shows, “The Zoo Story” and “The Sandbox” look to get the audience involved and may even challenge the viewer to take a look at their self in retrospect.

Written by Edward Albee, the two plays are often considered classics of modern theatre that are unrelenting in their examination of American culture.

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Thomas Nelson Community College to Present Two Plays by Edward Albee

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The Virginia Peninsula – The Thomas Nelson Players, the performing arts group at Thomas Nelson Community College will present two plays by Edward Albee. The Zoo Story and The Sandbox will be performed at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Hampton campus of Thomas Nelson Community College on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at 8:00pm. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $8.00 one hour before each performance.

The Thomas Nelson Players are currently rehearsing form this play under the direction of Thomas Nelson faculty, Beth Beasley. For additional information, contact Beasley at 825-2752.

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TNCC Players Present One-Act Comedies by Playwright David Ives

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The Thomas Nelson Players will present an evening of one-act comedies by playwright David Ives. Time Flies,Degas, C’est Moi,Babel’s in ArmsandCaptive Audience will be performed onFriday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m. at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the TNCC Hampton campus.

Ives’s short comedies are extremely popular, and have been performed on Broadway and around the country. As a playwright, Ives is known for his combination of wit, intellect, and absurd sense of fun; his characterizations, comedic timing and verbal hijinks make for frequently hilarious situations. He is the winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award, and his playDon Juan in Chicagoreceived a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Play. Ives holds an MFA from NYU School of Drama, and he currently teaches at Columbia University.

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