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
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.
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.
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.
explores perspectives of race and society; communication; and relationships. Producers
recommend the play for ages 13 and above. The playwright is Morgan McGuire.
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
"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,
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
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
Tickets for the
production at CCC are now available. Ticket are general admission.
$10 for adults and $5 for CCC students, faculty and staff with ID, and for senior
citizens. Tickets are available for
purchase online at https://www.carrollcc.edu/Arts-and-Events/Theater-Events/
information, please contact Seth Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 410-386-8348.