The UNC Faculty Series is a new initiative co-sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and The Process Series to provide a performance platform for faculty artists at UNC. Producer, Heather Tatreau, initiated this series during the 2019-2020 season with The 19th Amendment Project – a shared program of four faculty pieces organized around the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. For the 2020-2021 season, three faculty pieces have been chosen by our board to be produced as stand-alone performances. Here are the selections:
Masters Falls is a play written by Mark Perry in the Department of Dramatic Arts that explores the United States after an “Agitation” that fractures the political union. This immersive play questions what it takes to move forward as a nation in times of turmoil.
November 13 & 14
Dear Baldwin: A Podcast, hosted by Sharon P. Holland of the Department of American Studies and local activist Dolores Chandler, will take the form of a live taping of a podcast exploring the intersection of race and LGBTQ issues. This podcast imagines a conversation between call-in guests and James Baldwin as a Dear Abby for the digital age.
January 29 & 30
When the Swelling Goes Down is a standup comedy work-in-progress by Samuel R. Gates of Playmakers. With Michelle Robinson of the Department of American Studies acting as a consultant, Gates is developing a comedy routine based in his travels through the American landscape of Civil War monuments as a black man, allowing for a new lens in which to view race in this country.
Part of the Storytelling/Folklore Festival February 17 - 21