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Carthage Theatre’s ‘A Seat at the Table’ is Kennedy Center Festival Bound! Catch a special encore Jan. 8!

  • The poster for “A Seat at the Table.”
    The poster for “A Seat at the Table.”
December 07, 2017

The Carthage Theatre production of “A Seat at the Table” has been selected to perform at the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) Region 3 festival in Indianapolis. “A Seat at the Table” was Carthage’s New Play Initiative production for 2017, written by Golden Globe-winner Regina Taylor. The play tells the gripping story of civil rights activist Fannie Lou using iconic Civil Rights-era songs with live percussion and video projections.  

“We’re very excited to be bringing this production to the festival because it’s the result of a great collaboration between Ms. Taylor, our theatre and music departments, and several other outside guests and consultants,” said theatre professor and play director Martin McClendon. “Lots of people contributed to its success and this is an acknowledgement of their hard work.”

Only five productions from among all of the participating colleges and universities in this five-state region are invited to perform at the festival, making this a significant honor. Our theatre productions have earned invitations the past nine out of 10 years, with several national awards in addition to the regional honor.

In honor of the selection, there will be a special one-night “send off” performance of “A Seat at the Table” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8 in Wartburg Theatre.