"Barrymore" Theatre Special Project
August 20-22 (7:30pm)
Category: Theatre Productions
Directed by Craig Kolkebeck
John Barrymore was perhaps the most celebrated classical actor in the history of the American stage. Scion of a famous theatre family, Barrymore was also known for mischievous—sometimes scandalous—behavior off the stage. Ultimately his own personal demons, shrouded in decades of alcoholism, ended his career and his life.
In this critically acclaimed play, William Luce explores the history of a man who took the American and English theatre worlds by storm. Alternately funny and poignant, the play earned a Tony Award for Christopher Plummer as Barrymore in its long-running Broadway production. A co-production of the Warehouse Performing Arts Center of Cornelius, the production features Catawba faculty member Kurt Corriher as John Barrymore.
About this Season: Experiments in FORM This season, the Catawba Theatre Arts program presents six performances with the thematic goal of looking at the conversation that happens in the creative act between the form of a work of art and its content (its story, message, or meaning). Each of the pieces presented this season represents a shift in perspective on theatrical form — a “new shape” for their time—crafted by the playwrights and choreographers to more effectively contain the political, philosophical, and aesthetic essence of each work’s historical and cultural moment. The directors this season (four faculty, two students and one guest) will examine questions like: How does the structure of a piece connect to its story? How is the form of a piece reflective of the culture that invented it? How do we, as artists, interrogate a historical form to make its content relevant to contemporary audiences? How does content determine form and how does form determine content?