Three plays set for ECU summer theatre series

The ECU School of Theatre and Dance has a busy performance schedule planned for this summer. Students will perform three plays in four different locations beginning in late June as part of the ECU/Loessin Playhouse.

The series begins at ECU with performances at the Burnette Studio Theatre in the Messick Theatre Arts Center of “Collision Course: a 60s Retro,” “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder and “Seven in One Blow” by Randy Sharp and Axis Company.

After performing June 20-23 at ECU, the students will hit the road to take their productions to Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, the Cullman Performance Center at Tryon Palace in New Bern and the Paramount Theatre in Goldsboro, according to Jeff Woodruff, managing director of the ECU/Loessin Playhouse.

Moving the productions to different theaters gives the students valuable experience, Woodruff said.

“Performing the same material in different venues is much like boating in different waters,” he said. “You know your own boat, what equipment is on board, and how she handles. You also know your own waters, where the hazards are, and how deep the water is.

“Boating in unfamiliar waters sharpens the senses, keeps one from becoming complacent, compels you to use familiar equipment in new ways, and makes for an all-around better boater/actor.”

“Collision Course” is described as a stunning collection of short plans written by several 1960s-era playwrights before they became major forces in American theater. Included in the production will be works by Lanford Wilson, Terrance McNally and Sam Shepard along with music from the era. The play will be performed at 8 p.m. June 20 and 22. The production includes a parental advisory.

The iconic play, “Our Town,” tells the story of young lovers whose life in a small New England town becomes a microcosm of everyday life. The wisdom of the play and the deceptively simple story makes this an enduring American treasure. It will be performed at 8 p.m. June 21 and 23.

“Seven in One Blow” is a children’s play based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. A child embarks on a journey where he learns you don’t always have to show how strong you are, that teasing hurts, and a parent’s love has no limits. It will be presented at 2 p.m. June 22 and 23.

Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for youth. To purchase tickets, call 328-6829 or visit www.ECUARTS.com.

Performance times and ticket information for the other productions are available on the Summer Theatre website: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/theatredance/productions/summertheatre.cfm

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‘Next Great Artist’ winner, ECU grad to speak on campus

Kymia Nawabi

ECU graduate Kymia Nawabi will speak about her art and her life at 5 p.m. May 3 in Speight Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center on campus.

Nawabi was the winner of the Bravo television series, “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.”

For additional information about the event, contact Scott Eagle, ECU School of Art and Design at eagles@ecu.edu.

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Photography exhibit to feature work by ECU art professor

Photography by ECU art professor Daniel Kariko will be on display this month in Joyner Library. (Contributed photo)

 

“Storm Season: Louisiana’s Disappearing Wetlands,” a photography exhibit of work by East Carolina University School of Art and Design professor Daniel Kariko, will be on display in March in Joyner Library.

The exhibit begins with an opening reception in the 2nd floor exhibit gallery at 5:30 p.m. March 15.

In the Joyner Library blog, Kariko said the photograph series ” represents a long-term investigation of disappearing wetlands and barrier islands in south Louisiana, due to human and natural activity.” Read more about the exhibit on the Joyner blog.

 

 

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Undergraduate Exhibition on display in March

ECU metals instructors, Mi-Sook Hur, left, and Tim Lazure work with Nick Heyl’s Study of Faberge: Egg #1 and #2. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

The annual East Carolina University School of Art and Design Undergraduate Exhibition is scheduled for March 1 – 31 at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery on campus.

The exhibition will include works selected from more than 600 undergraduates, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. March 1 in Speight Auditorium, Jenkins Fine Arts Building.

Awards judge, artist and curator Crista Cammaroto will speak about her work at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 29 in Speight Auditorium.

Cammaroto is director of galleries for the College of Arts and Architecture at UNC-Charlotte. She has a BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA in interdisciplinary students from the University of Colorado – Boulder. She has 13 years of experience in academia, including Queens University and Oregon College of Arts and Craft.

Her artwork is on permanent display in the Denver Art Museum, UNC-Charlotte and in the Bechtler Collection. Here work can be seen online at http://www.cristacammaroto.com/index.html.

For more information, contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-6336 or visit www.ecu.edu/graygallery.

Ashley Mason installs a piece called Matriarchy made from copper, dyed wool, and cotton. Sarah Arrington works on hanging her art in the background.

Granny’s Gangsta Gear by Tara Locklear hangs in the foreground while metals instructor Mi-Sook Hur hangs artist Margaret Hinrich's Swamp Beauty.

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