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CPCC to Open 2015-16 Season with A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL


Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Theatre is excited to kick off its 2015-2016 performance season with Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful," September 25 to October 4 in its Pease Auditorium. The production will be directed by Dr. Charles LaBorde, founding principal of the Northwest School of the Arts.

"The Trip to Bountiful" is the poignant story of Mrs. Carrie Watts, an aging widow living with her son, Ludie (Jonavan Adams), and daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae (Tracie Franks), in a three-room flat in Houston, Texas in 1953. Fearing that her presence may be an imposition on others, and chafing under the watchful eye of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Watts imagines that if she can get away and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind.

Charlotte's own Dr. Corlis Hayes, will play the lead role of Mrs. Watts, a character made famous on Broadway by legendary film and stage actress Cecily Tyson in 2013 when she won the Tony Award for "Best Actress in a Play."

In addition to being a director and actor, Dr. Hayes is a faculty member in the Digital Media, Journalism and Communication Division at CPCC. She has directed a number of CPCC productions, including "August Wilson's Fences," "The Piano Lesson," "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" and "The Miracle Worker." She'll be joined on stage by CPCC Theatre veterans Adams and Franks who most recently appeared in last season's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone."

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