|DramaCentre presents Time and the Conways
RELEASED: Sept. 23, 2004
DANVILLE, KYCentre drama students will present a production of J. B. Priestley's psychological mystery Time and the Conways. Under the direction of Anthony Haigh, professor of dramatic arts at Centre, the performances will take place during Family Weekend on Sept. 29 and 30 (8 p.m.), Oct. 1 (7 p.m.), and Oct. 2 (5 p.m.) in Weisiger Theatre at the College's Norton Center for the Arts.
Tickets may be purchased through the Norton Center box office by calling (859) 236-4692.
The cast includes Centre students Karen Biscopink, Adam Brown, Elizabeth Cornell, Josh Davis, Julia Leist, Colin McCann, Erin McGuire, Joe Mitchell, Kate Pieratt and Rachel White.
Casting took place last spring. The student actors spent the summer learning their lines and arrived on campus a week early to rehearse.
"Time and the Conways is a fine example of a well-made play, and there's a resurgence of interest in J. B. Priestley's work," Haigh says.
An English journalist, poet and novelist, Priestley wrote a trilogy of plays concerned with time and its effects. Time and the Conways, the most famous of the trilogy, presents a snapshot of a wealthy British family, the Conways, at two very different points in time.
In 1919 the Conways celebrate their reunion at the end of the Great War with hope and optimism. The play then fast-forwards nearly 20 years to 1938 when the audience sees the bitterness and blighted lives of the Conway children and the uncertain circumstances of their mother. Is this what really happens to the Conways or can their future be changed?
Haigh says, "Time and the Conways offers a look at a group of young people who are optimistic about their future, very much like students are at college now. The play explores what happens to those ideals and aspirations."
Haigh is chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Centre. He is president of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. A native of England, Haigh has directed for the Lexington Shakespeare Festival, Creed Repertory, Abbey Theatre Durango and others.
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