Collaborative Arts Presents BAD DATES 3/14-31


Collaborative Arts Theatre is set to present an all new version of Bad Dates, a one-woman comedy by Theresa Rebeck. The company originally staged Bad Dates in September 2006 as its first contemporary production. This all-new production starring Kim Watson Brooks and directed by Elise Wilkinson will take place March 14-31, 2012, at the Duke Energy Theatre in Spirit Square.

About the show: "Armed with a sharp wit and a killer designer shoe collection, thirty-something single mom Haley Walker is diving back into the dating pool after a 12-year dry spell. Audience members are invited to join her in an intimate setting as she navigates hilarious and touching encounters with her suitors... and with the Romanian mob."

“Bad Dates turned out to be one of our most popular and talked about comedies,” said Elise Wilkinson, Collaborative Arts Theatre’s Executive and Artistic Director. “The original production had very limited seating and our audience has grown tremendously in the past 6 years. We have a great opportunity to re-stage the show and allow more people to enjoy this delightful comedy. While the performance venue is bigger, audiences can still look forward to the trademark intimacy we bring to all of our shows.”

Wilkinson reprises her role as director, but adds an "entirely new spin" to the show with award-winning actress Kim Watson Brooks in the lead role. “Kim is an extremely talented actress who will bring a fresh perspective and energy to the role of Haley. Audiences will fall in love with her vibrant spirit and personality while being touched by the honesty and vulnerability she brings to the stage.”

Performance Schedule
Performances of Bad Dates take place March 14-31, 2012, at the Duke Energy Theatre in Spirit Square (345 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC). Performance times are as follows:
Wed 3/14 7:30pm (Pay What You Can)
Thurs 3/15 7:30pm
Fri 3/16 8pm
Sat 3/17 8pm
Thurs 3/22 7:30pm
Fri 3/23 8pm
Sat 3/24 8pm
Sun 3/25 3pm
Wed 3/28 7:30pm
Thurs 3/29 7:30pm
Fri 3/30 8pm
Sat 3/31 8pm

The show runs approximately 90 minutes; there is no intermission. It is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Advance tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students/seniors and are available at or by calling 704-372-1000. $10 student rush tickets are available the day of the show at the box office for all performances that are not sold out – student ID or proof of age is required. Additional discounts will be available for Collaborative Arts’ Facebook fans, Twitter followers and email newsletter subscribers. The Wednesday, March 14 performance is a special “Pay What You Can” evening (suggested minimum donation of $10 per person; any amount accepted).

About Kim Watson Brooks
Kim Watson Brooks is an award-winning actress with numerous theatre, film and commercial credits. Audiences will have seen her work in the Charlotte area at professional theatres such as Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and the former Charlotte Rep. She has appeared most recently in Actors Theatre of Charlotte’s productions of Yankee Tavern, Blue, Intimate Apparel and Gem of the Ocean (for which she won MTA’s Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role). Kim resides in Charlotte and is a member of Actors Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers.

About Collaborative Arts
Collaborative Arts is a non-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to producing inventive productions of classical and contemporary plays. The company also produces The Charlotte Shakespeare Festival (the region’s only free Shakespeare festival) each summer. For more information, please visit or call 704-625-1288. Become a fan of Collaborative Arts on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (CltShakespeare).

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