Lynn University's Bachelor Of Fine Arts Program To Present CLYBOURNE PARK

Lynn University's Bachelor Of Fine Arts Program To Present CLYBOURNE PARK Lynn University's College of Arts and Sciences today announced the second production by its new Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in drama program. The B.F.A. in drama is the most prestigious undergraduate degree available for theater students. Lynn's program offers students concentrated theatrical training that prepares them to work professionally in theater, movies, television and musicals.

Under the direction of Katrina Carter-Tellison, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Adam Simpson, drama program coordinator; and professors Bruce Linser and Harry Murphy; students will present a variety of public performances during the academic year, and participate in Lynn's eighth annual Celebration of the Arts on April 25-26.

Every fall semester, Lynn produces a play that addresses social or civic issues that are relevant to our community. Last year's fall production was The Laramie Project, a play that examined hate crime and our society's reaction to it. This fall, Lynn is producing Clybourne Park, a play that examines issues of racism and gentrification. The goal of producing these plays is to open a dialogue in the community about issues that are affecting our society today.

Dec. 5-7

Clybourne Park

  • Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set 60 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Written by Bruce Norris, and the winner of both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, the show is spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun.

The production is being directed by Adam Simpson, Lynn's drama program coordinator, who is also in the cast, along with Tony Award winner Becky Timms (assistant choreographer for Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie), a B.F.A. visiting professor. The remaining cast members include Allison Brachman, Christion Lewis, senior Faith Thomas, Professor Jeff Morgan and the following freshmen from the B.F.A. in drama program: Aurora Colamonici, Laura Cozine, Dove Herd, Cobe Jackson, Jarod Neil and Lucas Oliviera.

Guests can join a talkback following the Dec. 7 10:00 a.m. performance led by Adam Simpson, the cast, Dr. Robert Watson and Carrie Simpson, 2018 Faculty Member of the Year.

Location: Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center

Tickets: FREE

The third and final Lynn B.F.A. production this school year is The Real Inspector Hound (Feb. 6-8).

Tickets may be reserved in person at the Lynn box office, located in the Wold at 3601 N. Military Trail, online at events.lynn.edu or by phone at +1 561-237-9000.

Lynn University is an independent college based in Boca Raton, Florida, with approximately 3,000 students from nearly 100 countries. U.S. News & World Report has named it among the most innovative and international universities. Lynn's NCAA Division II Fighting Knights have won 24 national titles, its Conservatory of Music features a world-renowned faculty of performers and its nationally recognized Institute for Achievement and Learning empowers students with learning differences. The school's Dialogues curriculum and award-winning iPad program help Lynn graduates gain the intellectual flexibility and global experience to fulfill their potential in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit lynn.edu.

The 750-seat Wold Performing Arts Center, located on Lynn's campus in the heart of Boca Raton, is easily accessible by both I-95 and the Florida Turnpike. Recently ranked by Best Value Schools, an online publication, as one of the "25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers," the Wold features superb acoustics, a modern lighting system, a large, light-filled lobby and flexible space well-suited for dramatic productions, concerts and other cultural events. With an elegant salon, outdoor sunset terrace and intimate black-box studio, this new center is home to numerous concerts and events, including professional theatrical performances by the theater arts program's Libby Dodson's Live at Lynn Theatre Series, the Live at Lynn American Songbook Series and Jan McArt's New Play Reading Series, as well as performances from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music and the Drama Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, visit lynn.edu/events.

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