2016 - 17 New Season Productions
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Dr. Claribel, Ms. Etta and the Brothers Cone
The story of Dr. Claribel and her sister Etta are also the story of the Cone Brothers. The sister’s cultivation of artists and literary bohemians such as Matisse, and Gertrude and Leo Stein, along with their collection of arts and objects, has been examined in numerous biographies and art exhibitions. So, too, has the business acumen of their brothers. Now– in a brand new original production based on archival materials and biographies– Touring Theatre of North Carolina shines a light on the relationships between the idiosyncratic sisters and their ten brothers in the context of 20th Century progress.
Star Spangled Girls
Commissioned in 2005 by UNC Greensboro’s Women Veterans Historical Collection, Star-Spangled Girls is a review built from diaries, letters, interviews, telegrams, journals, and posters by and about the women who served the United States during WWII. Five actresses portray WAC’s, WAVE’s, Army Nurses, and Red Cross volunteers as they share memories about enlistment, basic training, service at home and abroad, love, and segregation. Songs from war time are woven throughout the production.
The Melody Lingers On
George and Ira Gershwin will always be remembered as the songwriting team whose voice was synonymous with the sounds and style of the Jazz Age. But from 1924 until George’s death in 1937, the brothers wrote almost exclusively with each other, composing over two dozen scores for Broadway and Hollywood.
Join Ira for an intimate cocktail party as he and a few friends sing and reminisce about the legacy of his brother’s music and how they created classic songs that have influenced America’s Songbook.