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2019-2020 THEATRE SEASON

Local Playwrights Staged Reading Series

First Friday Events October 4th & November 1st
Directed by Brooke Edwards
Location: The Theatre at the Imperial Centre
Time: 7:00 PM both evenings
Free to the public

The Imperial Centre Theatre will present the 2nd Annual Local Playwrights Staged Reading Series this fall. Local playwrights in the Eastern North Carolina region were asked to submit their original works, i.e. Full Length or One-Act Plays, to be read and judged by a committee. The selected works to be given staged readings and performed by local actors are as follows:

Friday, October 4th:
C-4 by Marilynn Barner Anselmi
Birds on the Edge by Marilynn Barner Anselmi
Lady M by Nicole Bellamy

Friday November 1st:
The Tower or Homes for Humans by Andrew Beal
The Outskirts by Jim Lee
Old Things by Lela Chesson

Twelfth Night or What You Will by William Shakespeare

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 10th, 11th, and 12th at 7:30 PM
& Sunday, October 13th at 2 PM
Ages: All Ages

William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy about a cross-dressing, ship-wreck surviving, poetry-loving girl who finds herself at the center of a not-so-average love triangle. “Twelfth Night” is a reference to the twelfth night after Christmas Day, called the Eve of the Feast of Epiphany. It was originally a Catholic holiday and therefore, like other Christian feast days, an occasion for revelry. Servants often dressed up as their masters, men as women and so forth. Shakespeare has written a comedy of mistaken identity and love for the ages, based on this superstitious tradition.

Directed by Brooke Edwards
Location: The Theatre at the Imperial Centre
$11 General Admission/$9 Senior and Students/$7 Children 12 and under

Langston Hughes’s Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play

December 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th at 7:30 PM
& December 8th and 15th at 2:00 PM
Ages: All Ages

The Christmas story told in dialogue, narrative, pantomime, gospel song and folk spiritual. A unique creation of the poet and playwright Langston Hughes, portraying the inspiring story of the Holy Family. Music arranged by Aaron Robinson.

Directed by Brooke Edwards
Location: The Theatre at the Imperial Centre
$11 General Admission/$9 Senior and Students/$7 Children 12 and under

The Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein

March 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th at 7:30 PM and March 8th and 15th at 2:00 PM
Ages: All Ages

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein! Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

Directed by James Guy
Location: The Theatre at the Imperial Centre
$11 General Admission/$9 Senior and Students/$7 Children 12 and under

World Premiere Production of the New Play: Donor 63125 by Marilynn Barner Anselmi

May 7th, 8th, 9th at 7:30 PM and May 10th at 2 PM
Ages: 18+ Mature Audiences only

From critically acclaimed playwright Marilynn Barner Anselmi, comes this modern drama that dissects the definition of family and the traditional definition of parent while questioning the notion of nature over nurture. A World-Premiere production.

Directed by Benjamin Griffith
Location: The Booker T Theatre
$11 General Admission/$9 Senior and Students/$7 Children 12 and under

Summer Youth Production 2020: The Little Prince, The Musical

July 24th, 25th at 7:30 PM and July 26th at 2 PM
Ages: All Ages

This beloved classic now comes alive on stage in a magical full-length family musical. Filled with enchanting music and heart-felt lyrics, it has been touted by critics around the country for its sophisticated appeal to all ages. It tells the story of a world-weary aviator whose malfunctioning plane strands him on the Sahara Desert. When a mysterious, regal little boy appears and asks him to draw a sheep, the aviator is annoyed and distracted from his crisis—unaware that he is about to have a transforming experience. During their week in the desert the little prince tells him stories about his adventures through the galaxy and about his strained relationship with a special flower on his own tiny planet. He encourages the alienated aviator to document these tales by drawing once again as he had when he was a boy. By learning that “what is essential is invisible to the eye,” the aviator comes to a new understanding of how to laugh, cry, and love again.

Directed by Brooke Edwards
Location: The Theatre at the Imperial Centre
$11 General Admission/$9 Senior and Students/$7 Children 12 and under

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