OnStage Blog, a media site that covers theatre on an international level, ranked Berea College’s Theatre Department in the top 25 Bachelor of Arts programs in America. Each year, OnStage Blog reviews theatre programs across the country to provide a resource to prospective students and families who are researching the best academic theatre programs in the country for dance, design, tech and performing. Berea came in at No. 23, with a major highlight of its “First Theatre in Human Culture” course, which studies the first theatres and extant play scripts of selected human cultures representing Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Continue reading Berea College Among the Top 25 B.A. Theatre Programs for 2018-19 →
The Berea College Theatre Laboratory will begin its 2013-14 season of plays with its first performance on October 18, 2013. Continue reading 2013-14 Theatre Productions →
The Berea College Theatre Laboratory will close its 2012-2013 production season with a six-night production run of Regina Taylor’s play, “Crowns.” Taylor’s play is a moving and celebratory musical production in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of Yolanda, a young black woman who travels down South to stay with her grandmother after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Gospel music, rap and dance underscore her story as she explores her cultural identity and the significance of her roots in a very energetic, colorful and theatrical depiction of African-American life. This play is filled with amazing spiritual music, jazz numbers and African rhythmic drumming. Continue reading Berea College Theatre Laboratory “Crowns” its season →
The Berea College Theatre Laboratory is pleased to announce the opening of Larry Kramer’s ground breaking play, The Normal Heart. The play, originally produced in 1985, is a loosely autobiographical story about the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic in the United States and the work a small, but dedicated, group of men did to make the public aware. Aided by a caring physician, these brave volunteers worked tirelessly to get information to those who needed to know about the dangers of this disease, in addition to lobbying government and social organizations for support and recognition. Performances are 8 p.m. February 19-23 in the McGaw Theatre, Jelkyl Drama Center. Continue reading Berea College Theatre Presents “The Normal Heart” →
The Berea College Theatre Laboratory concludes its 2011-12 production season with “Cabaret.” The production is adapted from Joe Masteroff’s enthralling book and features music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Performances take place on April 13 and 14 and April 18-21 at 8 p.m. in McGaw Theatre in the Jelkyl Drama Center. Tickets range from $5 to $10 and can be reserved by calling the Berea College Theatre Box Office at 859-985-3300 Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. Continue reading “Cabaret” closes Berea College Theatre’s 2011-12 Season →
“This Is My Heart For You,” a play by Kentucky author Silas House, examines the complexities of a small Appalachian town that must look at its own heart when a local incident exposing perceived inequality becomes national news. Loosely based on a true event, the avant-garde play is about two young men who are thrown out of a community-run swimming pool after accusations of “improper behavior.” The town is divided on whether the pool manager is a hero or a bigot. The play shines a light on the bigger issues of equality, hypocrisy and compassion in America today. Continue reading A play by best-selling author Silas House premieres at Berea College on February 22 →
The Berea College Theatre Laboratory opens its doors for a sneak peek behind the scenes. Watch this soundslide to gain access to a backstage pass. Lights, camera, action!