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Jan. 5, 2006

Birmingham-Southern College students to perform Gilman's “Dollhouse”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College students will produce and perform acclaimed playwright and Trussville native Rebecca Gilman's “Dollhouse” in only three weeks during the college's January Interim term.

The production and performance is an Interim term theatre arts class in which 23 Birmingham-Southern students are enrolled. The students are working daily building sets, creating costumes, designing lighting and sound, and rehearsing. “Birmingham-Southern is being allowed to produce the play here while it is still in a professional status, which is rare,” said Michael Flowers, Birmingham-Southern professor of theatre and director of the production. “It is a very good experience for the students.”

Gilman, a 1987 BSC graduate, is known internationally as an award-winning playwright. This play, fresh from its highly acclaimed production last summer at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, is a modern adaptation of the late 19th Century play “A Doll's House” by Henrik Ibsen.

About 190 high school students from the Birmingham area will arrive on the Birmingham-Southern campus Jan. 27 to view a special 10 a.m. performance of the play. Students from Alabama School of Fine Arts, John Carroll High School, Mountain Brook High School, and Shades Valley High School will witness college theatre firsthand.

Gilman has been profiled by “The New York Times,” “Time” magazine, “ New York” magazine, and others. In 2000, “Entertainment Weekly” named her one of 100 people who “represent the future of entertainment.” Among her award-winning works are “Spinning Into Butter,” “Boy Gets Girl,” and “The Glory of Living.”

This production of “Dollhouse” will be performed in the round in the BSC College Theatre, Mainstage. Performances will be Jan. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for students. For tickets and additional information, contact the College Theatre Box Office at 205/226-4780.

“Dollhouse” is a part of the college's year-long Sesquicentennial celebration.


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