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by Lenise Willis

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, We Are One presents Survival Stories, a new play about African- American women who survived breast cancer, at Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center select days this Wednesday through Saturday.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival hopes to gain more support for their revival. The company will present two riveting performances of Michael Huie’s one-man show, Jack, on Friday.

Presented in the spirit of Halloween, Jack, is a spine-tingling telling of the story of the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper, who haunted and tormented the East End of London through the fall of 1888.

Also on Friday, Theatre Alliance will be performing a one-time staged reading of Murder by Poe. The theatrical re-imagining includes some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tales of terror — “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Fall of the House of Usher” and many others. The event is free with donations accepted.

Actually, the last week of October is teeming with theatrical events, including the Greensboro Children’s Theatre presentation of Cinderella, the World’s Favorite Fairy Tale Friday through Sunday at the Weaver Academy Theatre.

Piedmont Opera performs The Flying Dutchman Friday, Sunday and Tuesday.

And in a continued spirit of spookiness, Hanesbrands Theatre will screen National Theatre Live’s production of Frankenstein Oct. 31 and Nov 1. Also, UNCG will present Recent Tragic Events in the UpStage Cabaret of Triad Stage on Oct. 31.

Coming soon, Touring Theatre of North Carolina presents the world premier of Deployed, Nov. 8, 9, 15, and 16 at Mack and Mack Showroom in Downtown Greensboro.

Deployed will take the form of a Readers Theatre production featuring poetry and prose written by veterans and their family members; it includes entries from seven wars that America has participated in on foreign soil.

In other news, the Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum is seeking original, oneact plays written by Guilford County high school students. The plays must be submitted by Dec. 15 to drama@ greensboro-nc.gov. Up to 10 plays will be selected for a stage reading on April 11, 2014 by the Livestock Players’ Teen Theatre.

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