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New Play Initiative: ‘Patience and Fortitude’

Time: 7:30pm CST November 12

Location: Wartburg Theatre

Carthage Theatre’s 13th annual New Play Initiative welcomes playwright Arlene Hutton with the world premiere of “Patience and Fortitude,” directed by guest artist Mary MacDonald Kerr, Nov. 5-13, in the Wartburg Theatre.

SHOWTIMES:

Nov. 5-6 and Nov. 11-13 | 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 7 | 3 p.m.

What if the internet goes down completely? In a post-pandemic world, a group of diverse upperclassmen find out when they are trapped in a house in the woods during spring break. Strange happenings begin to take place, including an unexpected blizzard. With no knowledge of what is happening on the outside and no way to find out, social dynamics break down and secrets and lies begin to come to light. In “Patience and Fortitude,” anything can happen, and chaos is always just around the corner.

Since 2009, Carthage Theatre has been commissioning acclaimed playwrights to create plays and work with Carthage students in the New Play Initiative program. These playwrights’ accolades include winning Oscars, Emmys, Jeffs, Obies, Golden Globes, and more. Through the New Play Initiative, students have the opportunity to make history and to experience the joys and challenges that come with being a part of the creative process. The production is not just a new play for the season, but a brand new play for the world of theatre. Many of these productions have gone on to win honors and awards at the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. This year’s esteemed playwright for the 2021 New Play Initiative, “Patience and Fortitude,” is Arlene Hutton.

Arlene Hutton is the author of “Last Train to Nibroc” (New York Drama League Best Play nomination), “See Rock City” (Spirit of America Award), and “Gulf View Drive” (2018 Ovation Award for Best Production), and she has developed several plays at the New Harmony Project. Regional credits include B Street, Chester Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Florida Studio Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, and Rubicon. Her plays have been presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, in London and throughout the world. Other works include “Letters to Sala,” “Three Sisters Brontë,” “As It Is In Heaven,” and “I Dream Before I Take the Stand,” recently translated into Kannada and performed at theatre festivals in India. An alumna of New Dramatists and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ms. Hutton is a three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, nine-time finalist for the Heideman Award, recipient of a NYFA Fellowship, and commissions from EST/Sloan Commission, Big Bridge Theatre Consortium, EdTA, and UCSB. Residencies include the Australian National Playwrights Conference, Blue Mountain Center, MacDowell Colony, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Winterthur, VCCA, and Yaddo. Ms. Hutton was twice named the Tennessee Williams Fellow at the University of the South. Her scripts are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, and Playscripts, and appear in numerous anthologies. Arlene Hutton teaches playwriting at The Barrow Group.

Please note: This play contains content that may not be suitable for children.

The Wartburg Theatre is located inside the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.

TICKETS:

Adults $14
Seniors (55+) $10
Students* $8

To purchase tickets, please visit www.carthage.edu/tickets 24/7 or call the Fine Arts Box Office 262-551-6661 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. View the #StaySafeCarthage Fine Arts Events page for safety protocols.

*Carthage students, faculty, and staff receive complimentary ticket(s) for this event.  Please visit www.carthage.edu/fine-arts/box-office for ticket information and policies, or contact the Fine Arts Box Office with any additional questions. All complimentary ticket reservations must be redeemed in-person with a Carthage photo I.D. at the Box Office. Email or phone reservations will not be accepted.

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  • Carthage Theatre’s New Play Initiative presents “Patience and Fortitude” Nov. 5-13.

Location: Wartburg Theatre