Baldwin Players entering 83 year!
Our upcoming season is going to be great! See below for what is planned for the upcoming academic year.
For further information contact Dr. Brian Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Upcoming Season – 2016-2017
The Birds – by Aristophanes
Oct. 27-29, 2016 – 7pm – Howard Auditorium
The Baldwin Players will present an updated version of this classic Greek comedy that was first performed in Athens in 414 B.C. This play is a satire and also a farce all dressed up as a fantasy, with some singing, some dancing, and a lot of comic hijinks! It is the tale of two con men from Athens who reject their world of politics, poetry, religion, and business and travel to the land where the birds dwell. There they set out to persuade the birds to set up their own kingdom, “Cloudcuckooland,” challenge the gods, and establish their own supremacy on earth. The Birds has a lot to say about what it means to be “civilized,” even to a 21st century American audience, but in the end it doesn’t really matter what it says, because it says it so amusingly.
A Night of One-Acts (a new planned production to support the Theatre classes at ABAC!)
Feb. 10-11, 2017 – 7pm – location still to be determined
The Baldwin Players will present an evening of One-Act plays to showcase the talents of ABAC students in acting, directing, and producing theatre.
The Little Foxes – by Lillian Hellman
Mar. 9-11, 2017 – 7pm – Peanut Museum, Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village
This powerful drama examines the cultural clash between the high-energy business world of industrialization and the waning genteel sensibilities of the post-Civil War agricultural South. Greed and self-interest clash with virtue, social responsibility, and justice. It is set in a small town in Alabama in 1900 where the Hubbard family want to invest in a mill that will “bring the machine to the cotton, and not the cotton to the machine.” The family struggles over what is right, with Regina eagerly promoting the investment and her sickly husband, Horace, resisting bringing the mill to the town just as strongly. What seems like a clash between cultures is worked out in the dramatic struggles of a family torn apart by money, honor, and power.
The Baldwin Players is the theatre performance organization at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. It provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to experience and enjoy live theatre. There are two shows produced each year, one in fall semester and one in spring semester. Under the direction of Dr. Brian Ray, the main stage plays are performed in Howard Auditorium, ABAC’s 330 seat theatre, and there are other venues, such as the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, that are available to perform smaller, more versatile plays. Recent investigation has revealed that the first recorded performance by the Baldwin Players occurred on December 15, 1933 – 82 years ago! The show that was performed was Stop Thief by Carlyle Moore. It was directed by Mr. George P. Donaldson, who was later named the ABAC President in 1947. As a celebration of the long heritage of the Baldwin Players, this play will be performed once again in the fall of 2018 (the 85th anniversary of the Baldwin Players).
Director’s Welcome Let me welcome you to the Baldwin Players’ web page. More importantly, let me welcome you to the Baldwin Players world of THEATRE! Yes, theatre is a special place where the stories written by playwrights across the ages come to life. You may ask what live theatre is all about, especially when there are so many entertainment options beckoning for your attention. While television, movies, video games, and other sorts of possibilities exist, none of them can equal the energy and excitement that watching or participating in a live theatrical performance can bring to the audience member and the performer. The play gives a living, breathing form to the stories that fill the stage. The connection that is formed between the actors and the audience is, for lack of a better word, MAGIC! Come try it for yourself, just once, and I’m sure you will want to come back, time and again.
Baldwin Players Director The director of the Baldwin Players is Dr. Brian Ray. He brings a life-long passion for theatre to the Baldwin Players. In addition to one of his English Literature doctoral specialties being Renaissance Theatre including Shakespeare, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. Further, he has been in over 50 productions over the course of his career in community and academic theatre as an actor, director, and technician in dramas, comedies, musicals, and experimental theatre.
Spring 2015 – The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez
Fall 2014 – The Odd Couple (female version) by Neil Simon
Spring 2014 – Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s Smoke on the Mountain