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Nov. 13, 2013

Birmingham-Southern theatre program putting on 1970's Sondheim classic

Company cast

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College Department of Theatre will perform Company, Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical about adult struggles and relationships, from Nov. 21-24.

The classic musical has gotten new life lately, with a 2011 revival and film version starring Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Colbert and the recent announcement that Sondheim is re-imagining the piece with a gay main character. BSC's production goes back to the roots, setting the entire drama in the 1970s. It has been an educational experience for students born in an entirely different era, who have studied the shifting nature of relationships, commitment, and communications during that tumultuous decade.

"We're asking them to step back in time 40 years to understand what life was like 'back then,'" Professor of Theatre Michael Flowers said. "The characters actually talk to one another. There are no texts, no Facebook messages, no tweets. It was a very different time."

As a preview to the production, Flowers, the director, and Dr. Heather Meggers-Wright, associate professor of psychology, will present a Provost's Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. in the College Theatre/Mainstage. Cast members will stage scenes to illustrate the theme, "Hooking up in 1970: Sex and Relationships in the Musical Company." That event is free and open to the public.

Read a Q&A with Company director, Michael Flowers.

Performances will be held in the College Theatre/Mainstage:

Nov. 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for the general public; $10 for students
Reserve your tickets by calling the Theatre Box Office at 226-4780 or buy online via the button below
Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 1-4:45 p.m.

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.