Hanesbrands Theatre Announces 2010-2011 Season

Hanesbrands Theatre Announces 2010-2011 Season

The new Hanesbrands Theatre in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts today announced its 2010-2011 season, filled with plays, dance, opera, films and other visual delights.

Theatre at Hanesbrands Theatre

Opening the new theatre with performances from September 8 to 25 is Bouncers, produced and directed by Mark Woods, and starring Ben Baker, Travis Smith, Lee Spencer and Quentin Talley. This dramatic comedy is about group of working class British bouncers at work and play. It is set in the early 1970s in northern England. The production is in turn endearing and menacing. It is both a warning and a celebration. Whenever a rush of "freedom" follows a period of repression - perceived or real (adolescence to young adulthood; old Soviet Russia to Glasnost; post WW II to late 60s, early 70s America) there is both unbridled joy and great danger. Beneath this very funny play lies some very serious social commentary. The play is a spiritual cousin of the multi-generational hit film Saturday Night Fever but with a bleaker, poverty-stricken North Country English landscape that offers even fewer exits than the American movie's blue collar Queens, NYC. Bouncers is a fun, audience-friendly production with a meaningful plotline and a great soundtrack. Tickets are $20.

Opening October 22 and running through November 7 is The Foreigner presented by Winston-Salem Festival Stage. The Foreigner, with book by Larry Shue, is one of the most popular and widely produced comedies of the past 25 years. It is ultimately about how people "complete" each other - how they help each other when they need it the most. The setting is a resort-style fishing lodge in the rural South. Guests include two "foreigners," both Englishmen - Charlie, who is pathologically shy and inconsolably sad, finding himself privy to gossip about manifold secrets and scandals, and his friend Staff Sergeant Froggy LeSueur; spoiled, introspective Catherine, an heiress and Southern belle; and the reverend who impregnated her and to whom she is reluctantly engaged. Charlie, surprisingly, changes the lives of everyone who lives there through some very bold moves indeed. While uproariously funny, the play also serves up a compelling message about standing up for what we believe in and doing the right thing. The Foreigner, which has won many theater awards, was written by highly acclaimed playwright Larry Shue. It debuted in the '80s, but its theme is even more relevant in today's increasingly interwoven world of blending and merging lives and cultures.

Festival Stage of Winston-Salem is Winston-Salem's new professional theatre that will operate in affiliation with North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (High Point, NC). It will feature actors who are members of Actors' Equity, America's union of professional actors and will present a diverse repertoire of great plays - classic, contemporary and new.

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown runs from November 13 to November 28 and is part of Winston-Salem's annual event, 6 Days in November. Presented by the No Rules Theatre Company, Washington, DC, and Winston-Salem, the musical let's you laugh at the comics you've loved your whole life and share the joy of musical theater with your whole family. With music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, book by John Gordon and directed by Matt Cowart, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and some of your favorite Peanuts characters come to life for No Rules Theatre Company's North Carolina debut in the new theatre.

No Rules Theatre Company was founded by University of North Carolina School of the Arts graduates, Anne Kohn (Producing Director), Joshua Morgan and Brian Sutow (Artistic Directors). No Rules calls both Washington, DC, and Winston-Salem, NC, home, with a mission to present the broadest spectrum of high quality, accessible, truthful theatre that will open the minds and expand the expectations of a diverse audience. Other than this there are no rules. No Rules has performed to rave reviews, with Washington Flyer magazine recently saying, "The new kids in the (Washington DC) district are proving they can hang with the big boys."

Backstage Christmas presented by Twin City Stage gets us ready for the holidays from December 3 to 5. The show is filled with holiday songs from many Broadway favorites including "We Need a Little Christmas," "White Christmas" and the Annie tune, "We're Getting A New Deal for Christmas." The stage will also become the "backstage" for all the shows currently going on throughout the community including The Nutcracker, Black Nativity and A Christmas Carol. It is the perfect mix to launch the holidays for you and your family by the Twin City Stage family.

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