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Baldwin Players

The Baldwin Players eagerly ANNOUNCE the upcoming auditions for The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez. They will be held Tuesday and Wednesday (1/20 & 1/21). They will be held in Conger Hall room 323 at 6:30 – 9:00 pm. They are open to all ABAC students, staff, and faculty AND interested community members. All are welcome to try out! There are roles for 3 men: 2 African-American men (1 approx. 40 y.o.; 1 approx. 20 y.o.) and 1 white man (approx. 22 y.o.). There is some adult language in the play. For more information, contact the Director of the Baldwin Players, Dr. Brian Ray.

Spring 2015 (Mar 5, 6, 7) – Peanut Museum at GMA, 7pm each night, cost $7 general admission

Whipping-Man Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man

To celebrate the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War, the Baldwin Players are performing a powerful new play by a young playwright that provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of three Jews — one, a badly wounded Confederate soldier, and the other two previously his slaves — in April 1865 as they negotiate shifting interpersonal roles, rotting faiths, and basic survival just after General Lee surrendered at Appomattox. It is a story of bindings – chains, love, and faith – and secrets.

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. Follow us on Facebook   facebook-logo

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.

Past Productions

Fall 2014 – The Odd Couple (female version) by Neil Simon

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Spring 2014 – Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s Smoke on the Mountain

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Fall 2013 – William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

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