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Even from a Great Distance: A Tribute to Terrence McNally

April 16,17,23 24


Categories: Music Performances & Events, Theatre Productions

poster-mcnally.jpgStreaming Online: April 16, 17, 23, and 24

Directed by Dr. Elizabeth Homan
Music direction and conducting by Dr. Phillip Burgess
Assistant direction by Mollie Jean Wasserman.

This past year has taken so much humanity away from us. It is more important than ever to bring beautiful music and joyful stories into our communities, and the voice that Catawba College chose is that of Terrence McNally. Described as the “bard of American theater”, McNally was a prolific American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter whose library spans over 50 years, getting published as early as 1962. Some of his most popular works include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (1988), Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1992), Ragtime (1996), The Full Monty (2000), and Anastasia (2016). Terrence McNally passed in March 2020 due to complications with COVID-19, and the legacy he leaves behind will be remembered as long as live theatre continues to be studied and enjoyed. Even from a Great Distance will bring us together through excerpts from his award winning collaborations and compelling stories, all compiled into one dazzling night of entertainment.

Even from a Great Distance displays all facets of the Shuford School of Performing Arts: Music, Theatre, and Dance. The principal cast includes Chandler Fields, Isaac Haney, Garrett Jennings, Brielle Jobe, Michelle Medina, Nunna Noe, Robert Parks, and Miranda Sibbett. Choral numbers will be performed by The Catawba Singers, with featured dancers Trey Germano and Jaiden Fava.

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Donations encouraged.

All profits will be donated to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.

"Write plays that matter. Raise the stakes. Shout, yell, holler, but make yourself heard. It's time for playwrights to reclaim the theatre. We do that by speaking from the heart about the things that matter most to us. If a play isn't worth dying for, maybe it isn't worth writing."
- Terrence McNally



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