The curtain rises on a new theatre season

Kenneth Lee

The Center for Arts and Theatre (CAT) has a number of dramas and comedies in its theatrical arsenal to perform this year. Keep an eye out for these upcoming plays throughout the year. You might find yourself laughing like a hyena from one of the comedies or enthralled by a tragedy.

“Race; a Play” by David Mamet (Drama)

Directed by Lisa L. Abbott. Sept. 24 – Oct. 1 Black Box Theatre

“Race,” like its name implies, does not shy away from the sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes unspoken subject of race. Three attorneys, two black and one white, defend a white man charged with a crime against a black woman.

“Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman (Drama)

Directed by Lisa L. Abbott. March 4 – 11 Black Box Theatre

Adapted from the stories of the Roman poet Ovid, “Metamorphoses” is a collage of short Greek myths collectively touching on the themes of transformation and change. Pretty cool considering that the name looks like an incomplete mnemonic device.

“The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall (Drama)

Directed by Nicholas Newell. April 8 – 15 Black Box Theatre

“The Mountaintop” asks questions about what happened on the night before Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and provides a fictional but gripping answer.

“Almost Maine” by John Cariani (Comedy)

Performances 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 -18 Sanford Hall Performance Space Room 1002

An exploration of love and loss. Audience members will be able to witness several residents of the remote town of Almost, Maine fall in love, and then watch as their hearts break into a million dust particles, but you know, in a funny way.

“The Government Inspector” by Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Jeffery Hatcher (Comedy)

Directed by Nicholas Newell. Nov. 12-19 Black Box Theatre

Hilarity ensues when a goofy gambler is mistakenly identified as an incognito government inspector by the leaders of a small corrupt town in this adaption of Nikolai Gogol’s satirical play.

Tickets for these performances are only $5 per student ($10 for faculty). The Box Theatre office phone is (912) 478-5379 and all shows are at 7:30 p.m., except for Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m. Production funding is provided by Student Activities.

The Averitt Center for the Arts, which is located on 33 East Main St., is also hosting several plays this season.

“Sordid Lives” by Del Shores (Comedy)

Directed by Gage Cook. Nov. 7 –8 at 7:30 p.m. & Nov. 9 at 2:00 p.m.

In this comedic melodrama filled with infidelity and country-western music, a trio of siblings must hide and deal with numerous issues during their dead sister’s funeral.

Ticket prices:

Friends of the Arts: $12 adult $10 youth $14 box

Non-Members: $13 adult $10 youth $15 box

“Miracle on 34th Street” based on the novel by Valentine Davies (Comedy)

Directed by Helen Rosengart. Dec. 11 – 13 at 7:30 p.m. & Dec.14 at 2:00 p.m.

Much like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” this play is coated with humor, sentiment, and charm that can only be fully appreciated during the holidays. When a man claims to be the real Santa Claus, love spreads like an epidemic throughout New York City.

Ticket prices:

Friends of the Arts: $13 adult $10 youth $15 box

Non-Members: $15 adult $10 youth $18 box

“To Kill A Mockingbird” based on the novel by Harper Lee (Drama)

Jan. 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Touching on the themes of racism and injustice, this play, based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, follows six-year old Scout as she witness her father defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.

Ticket prices:

Friends of the Arts: $20 adult $10 youth $23 box

Non-Members: $22 adult $10 youth $25 box