UAPB announces 2014-15 theatre season

HECUBA-sliderPINE BLUFF, Ark. – The John McLinn Ross Players (JMRP) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff are excited to announce its 2014-2015 Triumph Season! Audiences will encounter a wide range of dramatic excitement. The season kicks off with the JMRP’s unique take on the Greek Tragedy, Hecuba by Euripides. This classic story takes place just after Troys’ defeat in the Trojan War. The central figure is Hecuba, formerly Queen of the now-fallen city. It depicts the proud queen’s grief over the death of her family, and the revenge she seeks for the murder of her youngest son.

Celebrating this year’s return of the musical Cinderella to Broadway, featuring Kiki Palmer in the title role and sure to be a hit with our young audiences, we present, Cinderella: The Remix. By the writer of our 2010 hit Zomo the Rabbit: a Hip Hop Creation Myth by Psalmeyene 24, Cinderella lives in the basement of her step-mother’s house, mixing beats and dreaming of being a DJ. But in “Hip-Hop Hollywood” it is illegal for girls to DJ. When the super famous rapper J Prince announces auditions for his “Jam”, Cinderella disguises herself as a boy to get the gig. With some help from her Fairy Godmother Hoperah, Cinderella DJs the party (at least until midnight)! Will she ever be allowed to spin as her true self? Or will Cinderella be convicted of “Fronting”?

March will steer in a Women’s History month celebration with the original Dramatic Presentation written by Angela Griffith-Newkirk, D.r.a.m.a. Q.u.e.e.n.s., a riveting presentation spotlighting women who lived life dramatically and changed the course of history as a result. It will also feature distinguished UAPB Alumni and their incredible contribution to society.

April’s production ImproVocassion! ends the season on a hilariously high note. Watch and participate as our theatre students flex their improvisational muscles. This season promises to have something for everyone. All productions are directed by Director of Theatre, Cheryl Collins, M.F.A.

School matinees will be offered for all productions and subscription packages are on sale now!

Production Dates:

Hecuba by EURIPIDES | November 20- 23, 2014

Cinderella: The Remix by Psalmayene 24 | February 19- 22, 2015

D.R.A.M.A. Q. U.E.E.N.S. | March 13-14, 2015

Improvoccasion | April 16-19, 2015

For more information, e-mail Angela Newkirk @ newkirka@uapb.edu

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