War and Baseball Take Center Stage for Original Theatre Production at Barton College on Nov. 13-16

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WILSON, N.C. – Imagine for a moment that something as simple as the game of baseball could become a cure for conflict. While that notion might seem a bit far-fetched to many, baseball plays a big role in helping bridge the gap between divergent cultures in world wars, and right here at home. That notion is explored in “Hangar Flying: Reflections on War and Baseball,” a new and original play adapted by Theatre at Barton from the historical novel by associate professor of art at Barton, Gérard Carl Lange. This production, directed by Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton, opens to the public on Thursday, Nov. 13, in Kennedy […]

Theatre at Barton Opens a New Season with “Crimes of the Heart”

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WILSON, N.C. – Picture this: three sisters, who share nothing at all in common, reunited after a dreadful event. They struggle to cope with the frustrations and pitfalls that are ever so common in a dysfunctional family. This dark Southern comedy, “Crimes of the Heart” by renowned playwright Beth Henley, opens to the public on Thursday, Aug. 28, in Kennedy Family Theatre on the campus of Barton College. The two-night production continues Friday, Aug. 29, with both performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. An invitation-only preview of the performance will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27. At the heart of this contemporary classic are Meg, Babe, and Lenny MaGrath, three sisters […]

Theatre at Barton Presents “Two by Two” April 10, 12 and 13

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WILSON, N.C. – Imagine a crotchety, comfortable 600-year-old Noah being informed that he was going to have to build an ark, larger than anything ever conceived of, as a means of saving the human race … not to mention all land animals. Then imagine Noah springing that on his very average, dysfunctional family. This is where our story begins. Theatre at Barton is excited to present “Two by Two,” a heartwarmingly hilarious musical adaptation of Clifford Odets’ “The Flowering Peach,” opening Thursday, April 10, at 8 p.m., in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the campus of Barton College in Wilson. Additional performances will be held on Saturday […]

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” Opens on Barton Stage Thursday, Nov. 7

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Performances Nov. 7-9 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. WILSON, N.C. – “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene.” These powerful words set the stage for Theatre at Barton’s performance of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” opening on stage in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the campus of Barton College in Wilson. Evening performances will be held Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9, at 8 p.m., and an afternoon performance will follow on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. Marking a first for Theatre at Barton, this production travels off campus for performances at Rocky Mount’s Maria V. […]

Broadway’s Alan Campbell Returns to Barton for “Oh, What A Night III!”

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WILSON, N.C. — Broadway star Alan Campbell returns to Wilson to star in “Oh, What A Night III!” produced by Lauren Kennedy, directed by Alan Coates, and co-sponsored by Theatre at Barton and Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy in Raleigh. The show opens Barton College’s fifth theatre season in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, August 28-29, at 8 p.m. Appropriate for all ages, this year’s concert promises to be an impressive event. “Two years ago, we created a unique concert event as part of the “Hot Summer Nights” season and brought it to Barton for two sold-out performances,” shared Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at […]

Theatre at Barton to Stage “Whodunit…the Musical” on April 11-14

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WILSON, N.C. — Take a summer home in Connecticut. Add one wealthy spinster, her cockney maid, an old butler, beautiful niece, young man, suspicious gardener, hard-boiled detective, assorted gunshots, and a dead body. Gently stir… and you’ve got the makings for a delightful night of theatre! Theatre at Barton is pleased to present Ed Dixon’s “Whodunit…the Musical,” opening on Thursday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the campus of Barton College in Wilson. Additional performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 12-13, at 8 p.m. A Sunday, April 14, matinee will be held at 3 p.m. “This clever, campy […]

Theatre at Barton to Stage “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” Nov. 8-11

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WILSON, N.C. — Roaring laughter will fill the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College from November 8-11 as Theatre at Barton performs “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” a contemporary comedy by Oscar, Emmy, and Golden-Globe winning writer, Alan Ball. Set during an elaborate wedding at the bride’s home in Knoxville, Tenn., the five bridesmaids find refuge in the room of Meredith, the sister of the bride. Outrageous stories and experiences are disclosed, resolution and bonding ensues, but along the way, the breakdowns and hilarity will leave the audience in stitches. This is the first time Theatre at Barton has performed a “contemporary, realistic comedy,” but producer […]

Betty Ray McCain to Be Honored with John T. Caldwell Award on October 5 in Wilson

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Night of Celebration of Statewide Humanities Honors to Be Anchored By the Caldwell Lecture in the Humanities Delivered by Governor Jim Hunt GREENSBORO, NC (September 26, 2012) – The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will honor North Carolinian Betty Ray McCain as the recipient of the 2012 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, October 5, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre at Barton College in Wilson, NC. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., will deliver the annual Caldwell Lecture […]

Betty Ray McCain To Receive The John T. Caldwell Award For The Humanities On Oct. 5

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Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. to Deliver the Caldwell Lecture for the Humanities GREENSBORO, N.C.  – The trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, have chosen North Carolinian Betty Ray McCain as the recipient of the 2012 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s most prestigious public humanities honor. The award ceremony is scheduled for October 5, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lauren Kennedy and Allen Campbell Theater at Barton College in Wilson, N.C. The event is free and open to the public. Governor James B. Hunt Jr., currently a partner of Womble, Carlyle Sandridge […]

“The Spitfire Grill” Opens On The Barton Stage April 12

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“The Spitfire Grill,”  April 12-15 WILSON, N.C. — “The Spitfire Grill,” opens on Thursday evening, April 12, at 8 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the campus of Barton College. Based on the award-winning film by Lee David Zlotoff, this musical adaptation for stage by Fred Alley and James Valcq promises to provide an evening of storytelling and music that will be both thought provoking and uplifting. Additional performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evening, April 13-14, at 8 p.m., and on Sunday afternoon, April 15, at 3 p.m. “Though not unprecedented, it is certainly unusual for a theatrical piece to originate from the […]