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All in the Timing

Thursday – Friday, October 20 – 21, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, October 22 – 23, 2016, at 3 p.m.

Since the opening of our Kennedy Family Theatre in 2009, Barton’s performing arts programs have had a fitting home to produce and perform high quality material; and each year as we are rehearsing over Homecoming Weekend, I have to break the news to former Stage and Script members and other enthusiastic alumni, that they will have to be satisfied wandering through the building and watching a rehearsal because the timing was not right for mounting a full-scale production in late-October. This year, we challenged ourselves to re-think that possibility; and, indeed, it’s all in the aforementioned “timing.”

Theatre at Barton follows up our hit musical collaboration with Theatre Raleigh, Million Dollar Quartet, with an outrageous, witty collection of short comedies by award-winning American playwright, David Ives. All in the Timing was first produced in 1993 as six uniquely quirky, situational plays, which were then expanded to 14 plays for a 2013 revival.  We took this marvelous lot, coupled it with David Ives’ follow-up, Time Flies, for a collection of 28 short pieces, then set eight equally unique and quirky directors (alumni, faculty, community members) to work reviewing the plays and considering which of the 28 pieces they might direct as part of an outstanding evening of entertainment here at Barton.

The result is an extraordinary, engaging performance that enlists talent from every quadrant of our campus, as well as from our community, a fitting approach to a work of theatre offered for the very first time on Barton’s Homecoming Weekend! This show is dedicated to the Stage and Script pioneers, who kept the flame lit for so many years, until we could catch up and craft a program around their vision!

Enjoy this delightful production of All in the Timing!