GU Theater and Performance Studies Program Launches Partnership with Duke Ellington School of the Arts
New collaboration demonstrates power of community through Wilder’s beloved play “Our Town”
June 23, 2009 —
Both vital participants in Georgetown’s arts landscape, the Davis Center, home to GU’s Department of Performing Arts, is the only building in Georgetown history specifically designed for arts education and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts is the only D.C. public high school that provides professional arts training and college preparation to talented D.C. students. Wilder’s “Our Town,” which celebrates the value of community as it chronicles the daily activities of residents in the fictional small town of
Derek Goldman says, “We are thrilled to be launching this partnership with our neighbors at Duke Ellington and bringing students from the two institutions together through this remarkably enduring, deceptively tough and still radical play about community. Quite a few of our faculty, including Sarah Marshall, already have long-established relationships with Ellington and we look forward to a long and fruitful collaborative partnership, one that is already strengthening and bringing added diversity and expansiveness to both institutions.”
Beloved for generations since its premiere in 1938, “Our Town” takes place over the span of more than a decade at the turn of the 20th century, focusing on the love story of George Gibbs and Emily Webb. Performed with minimal set and props, the play’s simple action, poignant language and powerfully universal story continue to resonate with audiences today. In Marshall and Goldman's unconventional ensemble approach, the characters of George and Emily are assumed over the course of the show by the entire cast. Goldman says, "While we are exploring the play in an unusual way with actors taking on multiple roles, we are not deconstructing it but working to honor what we see as the deepest meanings and resonances of the play today, how it connects to individuals across and beyond any particular time-period, age, and culture."
The design team includes scenery by Robbie Hayes, costumes by Deb Sivigny & Elise Lemle and lights by Justin Keenan-Miller. Showtimes include the following:
Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. – free preview (no tickets required)
Thursday, July 16 at 8 p.m. - OPENING
Friday, July 17 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets for the performances July 16-18 are $12 (General), $10 (Faculty/Staff/Senior, 65 or older), $5 (Student). For tickets or more information about the
About the co-directors
Sarah Marshall has been teaching acting at
Derek Goldman is the Director of the
Goldman is developing the jazz musical “My Swan: The Passions of F. Scott Fitzgerald” in
About the partners
The Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program integrates creative and critical inquiry, emphasizing artistic excellence, interdisciplinary learning, socially-engaged performance, and the spirit of collaboration. Now offering a dynamic major in Theater and Performance Studies, the Program features a nationally-recognized faculty, including a number of the field’s leading scholar/artists, and many of the region’s leading professional theater practitioners. One of the country’s only undergraduate programs in Theater and Performance Studies, the fast-growing program has rapidly attracted significant national attention for its distinctive curriculum, reflecting the political and international character of Georgetown, as well as for its commitment to social justice, and its high-quality, cutting-edge student production seasons. A partial and rapidly-growing list of theatrical luminaries who have had sustained contact with Georgetown students in the Davis Center includes: Theodore Bikel, Irina Brown, Dan Conway, Peter DiMuro, David Dower, Joe Dowling, Olympia Dukakis, Rick Foucheux, Marcus Gardley, Ed Gero, Danny Hoch, David Henry Hwang, Moises Kaufman, Liz Lerman, Heather Raffo, Clint Ramos, Stephen Richard, Ari Roth, Christopher Sivertsen, Molly Smith, Tony Taccone, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Charles Randolph Wright, and Mary Zimmerman.
Located in the
Contact: Laura Mertens
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