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The Award Winning Hampton Players and Company Announce the 2017-2018 Theater Season
09/06/2017 - #27

HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 6, 2017) - The award winning Hampton University Players and Company is proud to announce the 2017-2018 theater season. This academic year’s performances include “Blithe Spirit,” “Black Nativity,” “Common Thread,” and “A Much Ado About Nothing.” 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.

BLITHE SPIRIT by Noël Coward

Imagine having wife number one living under the same roof as wife number two, with no love lost between them. Now imagine wife number one is a ghost.
Novelist Charles Condomine organizes a séance as research for his next book, but what he gets is out of this world: the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, visible only to him. Unfortunately, Elvira takes an instant dislike to his present wife, Ruth, who is very much alive. Elvira’s increasingly haunting antics aim to divide Charles and Ruth, culminating in an attempt to finish Charles off so he can join her in the spirit world. But when that backfires and Ruth is killed instead, the two ghosts engage in a spirited fight over him. Desperate, Charles calls on seer and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to restore order to his home. Written by the British bon vivant Noël Coward, known for his wit and satirical flamboyance, Blithe Spirit delights audiences everywhere with its clever wordplay and slapstick action.
Performance dates for Blithe Spirit are Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 at 8:00pm and Sunday, October 1, at 3:00 pm at The Little Theatre in Armstrong Hall.

Tickets for Blithe Spirit can be purchased at the Box Office in Armstrong Hall.
General Admission    $10.00
Senior Citizens    $8.00
Children/Non-HU Students   $8.00
HU Students Free with ID
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes

Come celebrate one of the most enjoyable Christmas events for the season in Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity. Written towards the end of his career, legendary poet and social activist Langston Hughes retells the Christmas story from an Afro-American perspective which includes gospel music, dance and poetry.
From the publication of Langston Hughes first poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" in 1921 until his death in 1967, Hughes celebrated the beauty and uniqueness of the African-American culture and sought to give a voice to that culture's experience. He actively encouraged African-Americans to take pride in their identity and would become a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Black Nativity was one of the first shows written by an African-American to appear on Broadway, where it premiered on December 11, 1961.
Performance dates for Black Nativity are Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 at 8:00pm and Sunday, December 3, at 3:00 pm at The Little Theatre in Armstrong Hall.

Tickets for Black Nativity can be purchased at the Box Office in Armstrong Hall.
General Admission    $12.00
Senior Citizens     $10.00
Children/Non-HU Students   $10.00
HU Students Free with ID


Protest drama has been part of the theatrical scene ever since the Greek playwright Aristophanes penned his anti-war comedy Lysistrata in 411 BCE. Throughout history, theatre has been used to educate audiences on social and political topics of concern to particular communities and motivate them to address the correction of these injustices. Hampton University continues this legacy of social concern through its touring show, Common Thread.
Through a series of stirring vignettes, Common Thread, a choreopoem, explores the multiple facets of the history of people of color in America. The tragic roots of slavery, with the chilling words of Willie Lynch, are portrayed via silhouettes that depict the horror that gave rise to the black spiritual. Other scenes illustrate the emergence of the African-American entertainer, the search for acceptance within the African-American community, culminating in a terrifying depiction of the grim outlook faced by young black people who have become the tragic targets of violent crimes. The piece ends on a note of hope by showing the future as a time that will bring all Americans together as a diverse nation stronger because of its struggles.

Common Thread  is available for bookings from February 4 through February 27. Please call (757)727-5402 for additional information. Sponsored in part by the Rhea Charitable Foundation.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare Meets Grease

The time: July, 1953. The place: Small Town America.
Don “Prince” Pedro is home from the Korean conflict ready to party with members of his platoon. So when he and his friends, Benedict and Claudio return to their hometown, they receive a hero’s welcome from their sweethearts. Battling lovers Beatrice and Benedict pick up their “merry war of words.” Sweethearts Hero and Claudio resume their blossoming romance and become engaged and all is well in the heart of America…until Prince’s brother, Don John, accuses Hero of infidelity. Amid shattered dreams and a near death experience, the bumbling town sheriff (think Barney Fife) tries to get to the bottom of things with hilarious results.
Hampton’s production of Much Ado About Nothing takes the classic comedy of errors and marries it to the youthful energy of the 1950s, a la the situation comedy Happy Days. Poodle skirts, the Bop and swing dance moves, an a capella doo-wop group, and sweet romance all shine in this updated version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy.
Performance dates for Much Ado About Nothing are Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at 8:00pm and Sunday, March 25, at 3:00 pm at The Little Theatre in Armstrong Hall.

Tickets for Much Ado About Nothing  can be purchased at the Box Office in Armstrong Hall.
General Admission    $10.00
Senior Citizens    $8.00
Children/Non-HU Students   $8.00
HU Students Free with ID

The Hampton Players and Company is a professionally run performing ensemble.  The performers are not limited to the University stage, but have appeared on stages throughout the United States. The HBCU Digest recognized Hampton University as the Best Fine Arts Department at the 2016 HBCU Awards.


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