UNCSA PRESENTS CHILLING WAR DRAMA SERJEANT MUSGRAVE’S DANCE, WRITTEN BY ACCLAIMED PLAYWRIGHT JOHN ARDEN
Performances October 16th through 19th at 7:30 pm, and October 19th and 20th at 2 pm
Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, UNC School of the Arts
Tickets $13-15. (336) 721-1945
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The School of Drama and the School of Design & Production at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts present Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, a moving drama concerning a group of soldiers’ plea for justice in a time of war.
Directed by faculty artist Bob Francesconi and performed by Studio 4 in the School of Drama, Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance follows Sgt. Musgrave and three privates from the British army who desert to a small coal-mining town because they have found fault with the imperialist war. The story plays out as the soldiers push the townspeople to understand the war and why it is wrong. Tensions rise as the soldiers search in desperation for justice.
The play was written by English playwright John Arden in 1959 and premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
Performances run from October 16th through 19th at 7:30 pm and October 19th and 20th at 2 pm at the Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, on the UNC School of the Arts campus, 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Tickets are $15 regular and $13 for students with valid ID. Call the UNCSA Box Office at (336) 721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.
For descriptions, details and links to the entire UNC School of the Arts 2013 - 2014 performance season online, visit www.uncsaevents.com.
About Director Bob Francesconi
Assistant Dean and teacher of acting, movement and masks, Bob Francesconi has served on the faculty of the School of Drama since 1978. Before coming to UNCSA, Francesconi was director and teacher at Columbia College; and teacher and actor with the Menagerie Mime Theater, touring and teaching nationally with James Donlon. He is also a consultant and master teacher in creative drama, improvisation, mime, mask, and clowning. He was a guest teacher and artist at the International Mime Festival and Institute, 1974 and 1978. He was also a featured master teacher at the 1990 International Movement Symposium in Moscow, Russia.
Francesconi has served as a consultant in gifted and talented arts education programs for the South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. He has taught master classes in mask and movement in Moscow, Russia at the Nemirovich-Danchenko School-Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre, Lunacharsky State University of Theatre Arts, and the Shchepkin Theatre School of Maly Dramatic Academy; in Barcelona, Spain at the Institute del Teatre; and in Singapore at the Singapore American School. He has also served on the Institute of International Education’s selection committee for Fulbright and foreign sponsored scholarship awards.
Francesconi received his BA and MA degrees from Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif., where he trained with Yass Hakoshima, Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, Philip Mann and Richard Rothrock.
About the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNC School of the Arts is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“the City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972.
For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
Catawba Theatre, Performance Place, UNCSA, 1533 S. Main
St., Winston-Salem, NC
Produced by the School of Drama and the School of Design & Production at UNCSA
John Arden’s classic 1959 drama tells the story of a small group of soldiers returned from a colonial war to try and convince an indifferent public to oppose the conflict under the guise of a recruiting trip, only to find that their own motivations complicate their journey.
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