Blinn-Bryan Theatre opens 2018-19 season with recently revived 1930s comedy

John Van Druten’s ‘London Wall’ runs Nov. 2-8

October 26, 2018

London WallThe Blinn College-Bryan Campus Theatre Arts Program opens its 2018-19 theatre season with the workplace comedy, “London Wall.”

Blinn will present John Van Druten’s recently revived production at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 3, 7, and 8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Bryan Campus Student Center Room F-120 (map).

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the general public. All theatre performances are open seating. Tickets can be purchased at www.blinn.edu/boxoffice/bryan.html. For questions regarding ticket reservations, contact the Box Office at 979-209-8100 or bryanboxoffice@blinn.edu. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Set in the 1930s, “London Wall” is a wily comedy that follows the lives and relationships of four single women working as typists at a London law firm. The play explores employee exploitation and gender discrimination in the workplace, themes which have been brought to the public eye in recent months through various local and international movements.

After falling into obscurity for over eight decades, “London Wall” was rediscovered by London’s Finborough Theatre in 2013 and made its American debut the following year.

“This really is a lost and rediscovered play of the past,” Theatre Director Greg Wise said. “It is very exciting that we are one of the few theatre programs in America getting to produce it.”

To truly authenticate the characters, professional dialect coaches Jim and Carolyn Johnson from Houston assisted the student actors in mastering the British accent for the play.

“This play is definitely British, from the accents to the comedy style,” said sophomore theatre major Cole McKinstry, who portrays “Hec Hammond” in the production. “It was a challenge to prepare for this role, and I hope audiences will really appreciate the characters and the play’s underlying themes.”

Following the Friday, Nov. 2, performance, the audience is invited to stay for a brief “Friday Night Talkback,” in which the director and actors return to the stage to discuss the production and answer questions from the audience.

To complement its 2018-19 performances, the Blinn-Bryan Theatre Arts Program has launched the Blinn-Bryan Theatre Troupe, an interactive educational outreach program that will bring live theatre and educational tools and exercises into local schools, community centers, libraries, and retirement communities. Consisting of Blinn theatre students, the troupe will create short, interactive theatre experiences to encourage cultural and interactive exchange in the community.

For more information or to reserve the Blinn-Bryan Theatre Troupe, contact Wise at greg.wise@blinn.edu.

Blinn’s Theatre Arts Program hosts a variety of performances each year on its Bryan and Brenham campuses, and offers a quality educational foundation through study, application and experience. The Theatre Arts Program is part of Blinn’s Division of Visual/Performing Arts & Kinesiology, which offers courses and hands-on learning opportunities in architecture, arts, communication studies, construction science, kinesiology, music, and theatre.

Registration for Blinn’s Winter Minimester, which runs Dec. 14-21 and Jan. 3-10, is available through Dec. 13, and registration for the Spring semester is open through Jan. 14. College officials encourage early registration for convenient scheduling and placement in high-demand courses.

For enrollment or financial aid information, visit www.blinn.edu.

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