Friday, February 15, 2008
Written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, “Exonerated” has been called “the number one play of the year” by The New York Times and premiered Off-Broadway in 2002. It is also the recipient of the prestigious Drama Desk Award for Best Play.
The play is the first of three student theatre productions planned for the spring semester. “Episodes in Sexuality” will celebrate 17 years on stage at UWG in March and “Scapin” by Moliere will follow in April.
“The Exonerated,” which has been made into a movie of the same name, is based on interviews with real people wrongly convicted of capital crimes who spent time on death row.
Performances will begin with a special community preview on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. for a discounted ticket price of $3. The WGTC production will continue on Wednesday, Feb. 20 through Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m., and will conclude with a matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the Richard L. Dangle Theatre in the Townsend Center.
“Episodes,” a collaborative effort between the Responsible Sexuality Committee and WGTC, will present an exploration of issues and values related to sexuality through skits written, directed and performed by UWG students. Performances are scheduled for March 10 – 13 in the Dangle Theatre.
“Scapin,” scheduled April 15 – 20, will be the WGTC grand finale. Actor Bill Bowers will be the guest artist and will debut as a director when he takes over the reins usually held by Shelly Elman.
The hilarious slapstick comedic production is an adaptation co-written by Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell and will be presented on the Main Stage in the Townsend Center.
Bowers has performed on stage in the “The Lion King” and “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” His television and movie credits include a role in “All My Children” and “Two Weeks Notice,” starring Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock.
Tickets are free to UWG students, $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children. TCPA box office hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-4722.