by Allie Smith

Each year, the University of West Georgia Department of Theatre creates a theme that embodies the atmosphere of their season as a whole, and this year is no different as UWG prepares to kick off its 2019-20 season on Oct. 8.

A UWG Theatre productionThe UWG theatre chair, Shelly Elman, and colleagues decided to take this season in a new direction with the theme “Rise Above.” Elman explained this season is all about beating the odds and surpassing circumstances. 

The characters depicted in the shows this season are all faced with a variety of adversity, and the productions present their journey at overcoming those difficulties. Elman dove into more detail regarding the characters’ situations and gave some specific examples.

“In ‘The Gospel at Colonus,’ Oedipus rises above his status of pariah in the community to become a holy person who receives respect at the end of his life,” she elaborated. “In ‘Abigail/1702,’ the character is trying to rise above the daily betrayal she perpetrated on her community.”

To experience the captivating shows this season, tickets can be purchased over the phone, online or in person. Regular tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors. Students receive free admission with their UWG student ID. Faculty, staff, and retirees are able to purchase two tickets for $10.  

“The Gospel at Colonus”

Community Preview: Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9—12, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13, 2:30 p.m.
Townsend Center Main Stage Theater

Book and Lyrics by Lee Breuer
Music by Bob Telson
Directed by Shelly Elman
Assistant Director/Choreographer: Crystaliana Coats

The gospel musical version of Sophocles’ “Oedipus at Colonus,” the classic tale will make you jump, clap and sing in your seats.


Community Preview: Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 13-16, Nov. 19-22,  7:30 p.m.
High School Matinees: Nov. 14, 15, 20, 21, 10:30 a.m.   
Townsend Center Dangle Theatre

By Robert Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Artemis Preeshl

It’s 10 years after “The Crucible.” Can Abigail Williams atone for the sins she committed in Salem that resulted in so much death and destruction?

“Blood at the Root”

Community Preview: Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19-22, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23, 2:30 p.m.
Townsend Center Dangle Theater

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Akeria Grant
(Senior Capstone Project)

Based on the true story of the Jena 6 in Louisiana, “Blood at the Root” explores the complicated and destructive history of race in this country. When violence breaks out because nooses were hung on a tree outside a high school, it’s up to another generation to combat the evils of racism. Contains strong subject matter.

“Episodes in Sexuality 2020”

March 4-7, 7:30 p.m.
Townsend Center Dangle Theater

A Company-Devised Production
Directed by Nathan Timmons
(Senior Capstone Project)

The UWG Theatre Company and the Responsible Sexuality Committee bring this original production to students for the 29th year. Produced in a different iteration each year, “Episodes in Sexuality” is a company-devised work focusing on issues of sexuality experienced by college students. “Episodes” combines humor and pathos to bring the students of UWG something everyone can relate to. Contains strong language and explicit material.

“Much Ado About Nothing”

Community Preview: April 21, 7:30 p.m.
April 22-25, 7:30 p.m.
April 26, 2:30 p.m.
Carrollton Center for the Arts

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Amy Cuomo

Set just after World War II, Shakespeare’s classic comedy about the battle of the sexes comes to life as Beatrice and Benedick rise above their rejection of love and fox trot their way to each other (with a little help from their friends).

Posted on September 30, 2019