September 11, 2013
Season kicks off with ‘A Piece of My Heart’ Oct. 11-12
The Blinn College – Bryan Theatre Arts Program will take audiences across the globe during its four-play 2013-14 season.
The season kicks off with “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro on Oct. 10 and runs through April with Jo Roets’ adaptation of “Cyrano.” All performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Barbara L. Pearson Banquet room (map) and admission is free to the public.
Each performance will be preceded that Thursday by a noon lecture in the Pearson Banquet Room, with a guest speaker addressing the themes and issues surrounding the play.
“This season will take us from war to romance and lots of stops in between,” said Greg Wise, Blinn professor of theatre. “Our programming is designed to encapsulate multiple genres, as well as offer a unique educational interaction, not only during the show, but with our noon lecture series.”
“A Piece of My Heart” is a powerful drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer, booked by an ill-intended agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each woman before, during and after her tour in the jungle and ends as each leaves a personal token at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. “A Piece of my Heart” runs Oct. 10-12.
Blinn will present “The Star Chamber” by Noel Coward Nov. 14-16. This fast-paced, one-act British comedy takes place at a backstage committee meeting to endorse improvements to the Garrick Haven Home for Destitute Actresses. The joke that professional actors simply cannot stop playing serves as a running theme, so any meeting of thespians must devolve (literally, in this case) into a performance.
Blinn will kick off the Spring semester with “Art” by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, this comedy concerns three long-time friends whose relationship is strained when they realize they have vastly different opinions on art, status and relationships. The play runs May 27-Feb. 1.
Blinn will conclude the season April 24-25 with “Cyrano,” an adaptation by Jo Roets. Cyrano de Bergerac is a master of swordplay and wordplay, but a “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose” 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? A cast of three actors triangulates Rostand’s classic love story into a charming, lightning-paced romance laced with duels, panache and hopeless sacrifice.
Blinn’s theatre arts program offers a quality educational foundation through study, application and experience. For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/Brazos/finearts/.