Community Colleges Collaborate to Offer Original Performances

Release Date
Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411
Press Release

Carroll, Howard, and Prince George’s community colleges will debut an original, collaborative production of The Farm Theatre Project – with a working title of “Tanner and The Cotton.” The first performances will be held Feb. 23–26 at the Carroll Community College Theater in the Scott Center, followed by performances later this year at the other two community colleges.


The production represents a unique and innovative endeavor, in which Carroll, Howard and Prince George’s community colleges have collaborated. The New York-based Farm Theatre Project connects professional playwrights with students and writers weave student conversations into the script of original plays.  This is the first time that the Farm Theatre Project developers are collaborating with community colleges. Until now, four-year colleges and universities worked with the playwrights.


In 2017, scriptwriting is now complete, rehearsals are underway, and the performance is ready for its debut. The first performances will be at CCC on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.


Performances will be held April 27 through April 30 at Bowie State University. PGCC will produce these performances on the Bowie campus during PGCC renovation. HCC will hold the production from Nov. 2 through Nov. 5 at its Columbia campus.


The play explores perspectives of race and society; communication; and relationships. Producers recommend the play for ages 13 and above. The playwright is Morgan McGuire.


“The project has been an exciting collaboration between the three community colleges to create something new,” said William Gillett, chair of dance and theatre at HCC. “The project has provided the opportunity for students to develop their craft, colleges to share resources and our communities to attend a new, groundbreaking theatre experience.”


 "The Communication and Theatre Department at Prince George’s Community College is so excited to partner with our sister institutions, Carroll Community College and Howard Community College, to bring together our diverse student populations to explore a new work for the stage,” said Gary Fry,


PGCC Theatre Director.  “I have often said theatre is an art form that brings people together to experience a mirror of humanity where we can examine ourselves and society through social, political, cultural, historical, and psychological themes. This project does just that, with a particular emphasis on making sure the voice of our students, in particular, are represented in the narrative." 


Reflections from Student Cast Members


“For me, this play tells a story of relationships--the vulnerability and sensation of knowing one person more than the other and how that effects the view we have on the world,” said Asia Nicholson, a student cast member.


"I cannot recognize any other time in my young career in the Theatre that I have been a part of something that will make a real difference,” said Ben Newman, a student cast member. “This play jumps from the page and illustrates the present state of my generation. We will all learn from this play's messages of empathy towards all, identification of the marginalized, and the undying determination to do what is right, no matter the consequences.”


Tickets for the production at CCC are now available. Ticket are general admission.


Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for CCC students, faculty and staff with ID, and for senior citizens.  Tickets are available for purchase online at


For more information, please contact Seth Schwartz at  or call 410-386-8348.