SPARK opens on the Tedford Stage September 23

Posted on: September 13, 2016

Wake Forest students Justice von Maur, Anne Peyton Brothers, and Lillie Burrow star in the University Theatre production of Spark, by Caridad Svich, opening September 23, 2016. The actors pose for a promotional photo on campus on Monday, September 12, 2016.

Wake Forest students Justice von Maur, Anne Peyton Brothers, and Lillie Burrow star in the University Theatre production of Spark, by Caridad Svich, opening September 23, 2016. The actors pose for a promotional photo on campus on Monday, September 12, 2016.

The Wake Forest University Theatre will open its season with SPARK by Caridad Svich, which will be directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Sharon Andrews.

Fighting… to keep family together in the face of poverty…to adjust to being home after the horrors of combat…to find your place in the world even if it leaves you bloody. SPARK, tells a story of 3 sisters in a small North Carolina town somewhere in tobacco country. The lives of these women are small but the themes of war and love and fighting to survive loom large in this fierce and lyrical contemporary new play by this Obie Award winning contemporary playwright.

Scenic, lighting, and costume design will be by Rob Eastman-Mullins, Associate Professor of Theatre.  Current student Valerie Medoff is stage managing.  The cast consists of Philip Kayser, Justice von Maur, Branden Cook, Anne Peyton Brothers, and Lillie Burrow.  Original music is being composed by John Holly-Reid and played by Willis Landon.  Sound designer is Connor Sagerman.  Erin Farmer is the Assistant Director and Dramaturg is Charles Cicchino.

Performances are September 23-24 and September 29-October 1 at 7:30 PM and Sept. 25 & October 2 at 2:00 PM in the Mainstage Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center.  Tickets are $15 adults, $12 senior citizens, and $7 students (price includes sales tax).

There will be two panel discussions associated with the production and will feature:

  • Caridad Svich is a recipient of the 2012 OBIE award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre among many other awards and is the playwright of SPARK.  She holds an MFA in Playwriting from UC San Diego.
  • LTC Adriana Laboy is a native of Puerto Rico and a retired Logistics Officer with over 28 years of commissioned service.  She was a Distinguished Military Graduate and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities/Modern Languages, and Officer Commission from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, 1988.  In her civilian life she is a Spanish, Army SROTC Instructor at Wake Forest University, Real Estate Broker, and Certified Travel Consultant.
  • Phoebe Zerwick is a prize-winning investigative journalist and narrative writer, specializing in telling complex stories in human term.  She is the Director of the Journalism Program and Professor of Writing at Wake Forest University.  She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MS from the Journalism School at Columbia University.

The panels will be Friday, September 23 at 4:30 PM and immediately following the performance of SPARK on Saturday, September 24 on the Tedford Main Stage of the Scales Fine Arts Center.  The conversations will focus on poverty in North Carolina and women in the military.

Season passes are also available.  Other productions this season include Honk! Jr., Collediscope 3.0:  Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America, and Macbeth.  Prices are for adults ($36), senior citizens or WFU faculty and staff ($30) or students ($15) (sales tax to be charged per order).  Admission for the student-produced Studio Series, which will be presented in the Spring, is also included in the season pass.  For tickets or information, call the Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 or purchase online at college.wfu.edu/theatre.  The Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 PM and one hour prior to curtain on performance days.

Winston-Salem Journal feature by Bill Cissna

Bill Cissna’s production review in the Winston-Salem Journal