Media Contact: Liz Wooley, wooleyl@uncsa.edu/336-734-2924



November 4 – 13

WINSTON-SALEM – In a world where fitting in with the crowd seems to be the status quo, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s classic comedy You Can’t Take It With You seeks to prove that the happiest people are those that embrace their individuality.  The production will run November 4-13 at the Thrust Theatre of Performance Place on the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).

Winner of the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, You Can’t Take It With You follows Tony Kirby in his engagement with Alice Sycamore.  When he brings his repressed parents to dine with the Sycamores, a large clan of good-hearted eccentrics, the two families’ lifestyles and philosophies clash with hilarious results. 

The cast of memorable characters include Grandpa Martin Vanderhof, who has never paid income tax because he doesn’t believe in it, his daughter Penelope Sycamore, whose lack of talent for painting parallels her writing adventure and sex-filled melodramatic plays, and her husband Paul, who makes firecrackers in the basement. Wandering in and out of the household are a candy-maker and her Russian ballet teacher, a xylophone player, a toga-wearing friend who came and “just stayed,” a tipsy actress and a grand duchess that fled the Russian revolution.

Essie (Marine Madesclaire) & Penelope Sycamore (Hallie Cooper) celebrate the joys of kittens in You Can't Take It With You performing at UNCSA Nov. 4-13.

Photo by G. Allen Aycock

Drama faculty member Laura Henry directs Studio III and Studio IV students (college juniors and seniors) in You Can’t Take It with You. Henry is a leading instructor of the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, which she has been teaching for 20 years. She has previously directed several UNCSA productions, namely Picnic, Trelawney of the ‘Wells’, Balm in Gilead, and Ah, Wilderness! In addition, she works as a script consultant and private acting coach for film and television projects. Her extensive film and television acting credits include appearances on The West Wing, The District, Malcolm in the Middle, Ally McBeal and E.R.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 4-6 and 10-13 and at 2 p.m. November 7 and 13 at Thrust Theatre in Performance Place on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students plus $1 facility usage fee.  Call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 for reservations or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.