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Hampton Players and Company Announce the 2015-2016 Theater Season

By: Yuri Milligan '97

The Hampton University Players and Company is proud to announce the 2015-2016 theater season. This academic year's performances include "Little Shop of Horrors," "Stick Fly," "Common Thread," and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." All performances will be held in HU's Armstrong Hall Little Theater and "Common Thread" is available for bookings. For ticket information, please contact the HU Box Office at (757) 727-5236 or (757) 727-5402.

Little Shop of Horrors

Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
Written by Howard Ashman and Composed by Alan Menken
Directed by Karen Turner Ward

Thursday – Saturday, October 1-3, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 3 p.m. matinee

Tickets: $12 General Admission -$10 Student/Seniors

Lonely nerd Seymour Krelborn works in Mushnik's flower shop on skid row, enduring constant criticism from Mushnik and hiding his crush on co-worker Audrey. When Seymour finds an odd, unidentified plant, he names it after Audrey. But the plant doesn't use soil, water, and sunshine like other plants, and is wilting until Seymour accidentally discovers what it needs to satisfy its appetite. In musical style of the early 60's rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown composers and playwrights Alan Menken and Howard Ashman have made audiences literally scream with laughter for decades. Come join the Hampton Players as they dish out this delicious smash that will have you dancing and singing in the aisles.

Stick Fly

By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Robin Jackson Boisseau

Friday – Saturday, December 4-5, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2012 at 3 p.m. matinee

Tickets: $10 General Admission -$8 Student/Seniors

A family weekend on Martha's Vineyard for the affluent, African-American LeVay family becomes more than anyone bargained for when sons Kent and Flip bring along their current girlfriends to meet the family. Taylor, Kent's fiancée, an academic raised by her college professor single mother, has less in common with the upper-crust LeVays than Kimber, a WASP who works with inner-city school children. During the weekend, sibling rivalries abound, conversations touch on everything from race to economics to politics, and enough dirty little secrets are revealed to make Jerry Springer proud.

Common Thread

By VJ Banks
Directed by Kamora Avent

Available for bookings February 2016

When George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the death of Trayvon Martin in 2013 it was a tragedy that shocked our country and would serve as the looking glass to the harsh reality of the violent relationship between whiteness and blackness. A Common Thread is a physical piece that focuses on white privilege, police brutality, intolerance, and anger and how they intersect across our social landscape. But most importantly, A Common Thread weaves together a blanket of healing through song and dance as we celebrate the rich history of African Americans in this country. Book this moving and inspirational piece today.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Robin Jackson Boisseau

Friday - Saturday, March 26-26, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 3 p.m. matinee

Tickets: $10 General Admission -$8 Student/Seniors

The woods of Athens are alive with laughter in William Shakespeare's classic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Two pairs of star-crossed lovers lost in the woods, a band of artisans turned actors rehearsing a play, and the faerie king and queen engaged in a bitter quarrel provide the madcap, intertwined plots that coalesce to help celebrate the marriage of the Duke of Athens to the Queen of the Amazons. Magic potions, mistaken identity, wild transformations, true love and happily-ever-after all make this play one of the most beloved of Shakespeare's works.