Hampton University
The Hampton University Players Present New Voices: A New Play Series Featuring New Playwrights
11/08/2016 - #87

Hampton, Va.— The Hampton Players & Company is proud to present an innovative and exciting initiative for budding playwrights this semester. The New Play Series provides playwrights in the Hampton Roads area with an opportunity to see their work produced as a staged reading for a live audience.  The series allows playwrights to obtain feedback from the audience members and faculty of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.  These critiques will enable the playwrights to revise their works, based on sound advice from theatre professionals and potential audience members.  Selected plays are considered for inclusion in the Hampton Players & Company main stage season in 2017-2018.


The New Voices Playwriting series presents Loyalty by Diamond Sydnor, The Smell of Paint by Angela D. Reid, and White Rose by Jaydah Jacobs in the Little Theatre of Armstrong Hall on the Campus of Hampton University on Friday, November 11, 2016 and Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.


Kamora Avent will serve as the director for the New Voices: New Play Series. She has been an Assistant Professor of Theatre here at Hampton University since 2015.  She is a native of Nash county, North Carolina, and has recently moved from Durham, NC.  She has a B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Performance, and a M.F.A. in Drama with a concentration in Film/Video.   Her recent stage credits include Attorney McMillan in the original stage play You Ain’t My Daddy by Kenneth Hinton Sr., Sudy in Steal Away by Ramona King, and Odessa in The Amen Corner by James Baldwin. She has also been the assistant director and stage manager for several plays in her ministry and most recently directed the stage production of The Misanthrope by Moliere at North Carolina Central University.

Corinne Langford is the costume designer for New Voices: A New Play Series. She is a native of Flint, Michigan. She has recently began her stay at Hampton University as the Assistant Professor of Costume Design and the Resident Costume Designer and Costume Technician. Ms. Langford received her MFA in Theatre from the University of Memphis in 2016 and her undergraduate degree in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Michigan- Flint in 2013. She has worked for a number of theatres and opera companies across the Midwest and Midsouth including Opera Theatre St. Louis, Opera Memphis,

New Moon Theatre Company, the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, and Desoto Family Theatre.

C. Perry Otto is the scenic and light designer for New Voices: A New Play Series.  This is his twenty-sixth season with the Hampton Players.  He has designed sets and lights for numerous Players’ production including: A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  Little Shop of Horrors, Stick Fly, Romeo & Juliet, Ruined, Doubt, The Lion in Winter, A Love To Call My Own, Dearly Departed, The Bluest Eye, A Love To Call My Own, Blues for an Alabama Sky, A Raisin in the Sun, Macbeth, Smokey Joe’s Café, Grease, A Streetcar Named Desire, West Side Story, The Wiz, What Use Are Flowers?, Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery, The Disappearance, Sasha and the Magic Cookie Maker, Tartuffe, Mama Dee’s Girls, Shakuntala, Dracula, Black Pearls, The Amen Corner, Steal Away, The Piano Lesson, The Emperor Jones, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 40 Acres and A Mule (World Premiere), Once On This Island, One Mo’ Time, and Equus.

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 Hampton Players’ box office is located in the center of the first floor of the Armstrong Hall building and is open Monday – Friday, from 2pm until 7pm and Saturday, from 1pm until 5pm.  For ticket information, call the Box Office at 727-5236 or 727-5402.  Ticket prices are:

    General Admission                $5.00
    Senior Citizens                     $3.00
    Children/Non-HU Student      $3.00
    HU Students Free with ID

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