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July 2, 2014

Upcoming Blinn – Bryan theatre season spans the globe from British comedy to French romance

Season kicks off October 10 with Vietnam War drama

The Blinn College – Bryan campus theatre season promises something for everyone in its upcoming season with a war drama, a classic British comedy, an adaptation from classical French theatre and a new play about modern dating.

The season kicks off with “A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro, followed by “The Star Chamber” by Noel Coward. Both productions will be directed by Fine Arts Instructor Greg Wise. Spring productions, under the direction of Fine Arts Instructor Jean Daniels, include “Nerve” by Adam Szykowicz and “Cyrano,” Jo Roets’ adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

All performances are free and open to the public in the Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room, Building E Student Center (E-150, map). Curtain times are 7:30 p.m.

“A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro tells the powerful true story of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country-western singer. The play portrays each young woman before, during and after her tour in the war-torn jungle. “A Piece of My Heart” runs Oct. 10-12.

“We are kicking off our fourth season with one of the most moving plays about the Vietnam War,” Wise said.

“The Star Chamber” by Noel Coward is a fast-paced, one-act ensemble comedy that takes place at a backstage committee meeting to endorse improvements to the Garrick Haven Home for Destitute Actresses. The play capitalizes on the joke that any meeting of thespians must devolve into a performance. “The Star Chamber” runs Nov. 14-16.

“Nerve” is a dark comedy that plunges the audience headfirst into the modern dating scene. Riddled with nerves, neuroses and laughs, Elliot and Susan’s first date features a puppet, some modern dance and a desperation that may or may not be love. “Nerve” runs Feb. 27-March 1, 2014.

After each performance, Samantha Johnson from the College’s Academic Advising and Counseling Center will lead a post-show discussion about the relationship themes portrayed in the production.

“This play has such a fresh and profound look at relationships,” Wise said.
In “Cyrano,” 17th-century swashbucklerCyrano de Bergerac is a master of sword- and wordplay, but a “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose” literally blocks his path to true love.

From the ivy-twined balconies of Paris to the blood-soaked fields of the Thirty Years’ War, handsome, tongue-tied Christian borrows Cyrano’s words to woo the beautiful Roxane. But is she falling for Christian’s looks or Cyrano’s soul?  “Cyrano” runs April 24-26, 2014.

For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/Brazos/finearts or contact Wise at 979-209-7244 or greg.wise@blinn.edu.