Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT July 27
Location: Todd Wehr Center 128C
Carthage Theatre’s award-winning production of “Up and Away” moves to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in Scotland this August. In honor of these international performances, we invite you to attend our encore performance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 in the Todd Wehr Center room 128C. There are no pre-sale tickets for this event and seating is general admission. There is no charge for the event, but donations are accepted.
Performances in Scotland are scheduled at 20:15 p.m., with previews Aug. 2-3, and performances Aug. 5-10, and 12-17. Performances will be held at theSpace on the Mile (39).
The winner of eight national awards and commendations from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, “Up and Away” serves as a timely call to action about the rising heroin epidemic and the lives it impacts. Set in rural Wisconsin, aspiring YouTube star Madison McDoogle’s attempt to rise out of poverty and isolation is threatened by drug abuse and addiction.
It is our hope that this play will create a similar reaction from audiences as the Broadway hit “Angels in America,” which sought to humanize HIV/AIDS in 1991. For many years, people with AIDS were stigmatized and were initially seen as immoral, victims of their own poor choices, and unworthy of the help that could be provided through the healthcare systems. The same must be understood about people who are caught in the grip of addiction. One of our goals with this production is to break down the barriers and the stigma associated with addiction.
Every year, Carthage commissions an acclaimed playwright to create an original script and work with students to stage it. For the 10th production in the New Play Initiative, the Theatre Department welcomed back Eric Simonson, whose play “Honest” launched the project in 2009. Mr. Simonson is a writer and producer for Amazon Original shows “The Man in the High Castle” and “Homecoming,” and has won an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). His Broadway credits include “Lombardi” and “The Song of Jacob Zulu,” which was nominated for six Tony awards.
By: Herschel Kruger