Campus Calendar: Apr 2, 2014
Coppin State welcomes the 78th annual conference of the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts (NADSA) to the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium with a reprise performance of Samm-Art Williams' "The Waiting Room."
As the Innes family gathers in the waiting room of a hospital to learn if its patriarch, Pullen Innes, will survive a heart attack, his relatives and friends repeat family stories, and long-held family secrets are revealed. Reviewing the New York production March 21, 2007, in The New York Times, Wilborn Hampton wrote, "'The Waiting Room' is a comedy, and it has its share of laughs. But Mr. Williams also has things to say about the generation gap dividing young African-Americans today and their forebears who lived before Rosa Parks took a seat in the front of the bus, and about the importance of family . . . . (and) he says it all with grace and humor and without making it sound like a sermon."
Williams is best kown as a script writer for the television shows "Martin," "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper." As a playwright, he received nominations for both the Tony and the Drama Desk awards in 1980 for "Home."
Coppin theatre professor Willie O. Jordan is directing the production. The cast includes Coppin sophomores Tori Jacobs, Martique Smith and Pa'trick Womack; College of Southern Maryland sophomore Robert Hamilton; Coppin seniors Alyshia Bradley and Tashawna Fennell and Coppin alumni Roger MacDonald and Nickole Scroggins. Coppin sophomore Mia Giles designed the set, and Coppin's technical director, James A. Brown, designed the lighting. The stage manager is Sierra Upshaw, a Coppin junior, and the assistant stage manager is Coppin freshman Juan Ogando.
This special NADSA performance will be held Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. Individual ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-Coppin students and senior citizens, and $5 for Coppin students with IDs. Special group rates are also available.
The James Weldon Johnson Auditorium is the first building on the left at the main entrance to the campus, 2500 West North Avenue. Campus parking is free on nights and weekends, and lots are conveniently located, adjacent to the auditorium.
For more information about the production and the NADSA conference, please call the Visual and Performing Arts Office at (410) 951-3369. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre.
Coppin State University is welcoming the 78th Annual Conference of the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts (NADSA) to the campus from Wednesday, April 2, through Saturday, April 5, 2014. NADSA is the oldest continuously operating national educational theatre organization in the U.S., and its conference features performances, workshops, keynote events and student competitions in acting, design, play production, oral interpretation, readers’ theatre and persuasive speaking. More than 100 students from more than a dozen HBCUs will be on the campus to engage in this four-day experience of learning and performing. Dr. Garey A. Hyatt, coordinator of Coppin’s Visual and Performing arts Program, is the immediate past president of the organization. A schedule of conference events is posted at http://www.coppin.edu/download/downloads/id/986/the_national_association_of_dramatic_and_speech_arts_festival_competition
A reprise performance of Coppin’s March, 2014, production of “The Waiting Room,” will be performed by Coppin Repertory Theatre on Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Auditorium and is open to the public. Originally presented in the intimate Theatre Lab, the production has been restaged by its director and cast to accommodate the much larger stage of the auditorium. General admission is $15; senior and non-Coppin student tickets are $10 and tickets for CSU students with IDs are just $5. For more information, call 410-951-3369 and see http://www.coppin.edu/calendar?eventid=307
The Allen Williams Play Competition, a highlight of each year’s conference, will be held Friday, April 4, in Johnson Auditorium in two segments, from 12:00 noon to 3:10 p.m. and from 5:15 to 7:20 p.m. Students from Winston-Salem, Grambling, Norfolk and Jackson State Universities and from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will perform hour-long plays, which will be evaluated by a team of judges. This event is also open to the public. Admission is $7 for one segment and just $12 for the entire afternoon and evening. For tickets and additional information, see the conference schedule at http://www.coppin.edu/download/downloads/id/986/the_national_association_of_dramatic_and_speech_arts_festival_competition
The conference concludes with a banquet at the Sheraton North Hotel in Towson, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., featuring the announcement of awards and a keynote performance, “His Excellency, the Honorable Frederick Douglass,” by guest artist Bill Grimmette. A past president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Grimmette has performed frequently at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The banquet is open to the public, at a cost of $30, which includes the performance. For tickets and additional information, call 410 – 951-3369.