found objects 1.24.07

by Amy Kingsley

It might finally be cold outside, but it’s warm inside the theater. Especially if the theater in question is the Broach, which, starting Thursday, will be hosting the 5th Annual Greensboro Fringe Festival. In fact, it’s so warm the folks from the Fringe Festival titled the collection of one-person performances slated to open the event “The Hottest New Work For the Stage!” You’ll have to judge for yourself whether the superlative and exclamation point are warranted. Performances on Thursday and Friday will start at 8 p.m. and feature poetry, spoken word and dance.

Another major development in the Triad theater scene concerns the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. The company has expanded its schedule from two or three shows a year to a comparatively whopping six. The “Twin City Season” is a recent addition whereby festival actors will present modern works in a more intimate setting – Winston-Salem’s Sawtooth Center. Artistic Director Pedro Silva had this to say about their new digs: “Access to the Sawtooth space creates an abundance of possibilities in play selection.” Their first selection, Tru, a play about America’s favorite effete novelist Truman Capote, will debut Friday and close on Feb. 9.

Triad Stage’s production of Noises Off! coincides with the theater’s fifth anniversary (see story). The regional theater introduced itself to locals with their production of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer in January 2002. Artistic Director Preston Lane had this to say about the play: “There is no play that is more a celebration of theater than Noises Off!.” That is part of the reason he and the board of directors scheduled it to coincide with their five-year mark.

UNCG announced a new program for teens interested in filmmaking. The Digital Filmmaking Certificate will be offered to high school students through Community Advancement through Lifelong Learning (CALL). Local film/video professionals, including two from the prestigious NC School of the Arts film program, will conduct the classes on Sundays starting Feb. 4. Students will be required to complete five classes for the certificate. A summer installment of the program is also planned. For more information call the Division of Continual Learning at 336.256.2255.

Valentine’s Day, as you know, is still three weeks away. But it’s never too early to start pondering how you and your loved one are going to spend the most romantic and/or disappointing day of the year.

Some thoughts: On Feb. 9-10 the Women’s Studies Department at UNCG will present two benefit performances of the Vagina Monologues. The celebration of V-Day has become an annual tradition, and the theme this time around is “Reclaiming Peace.” Proceeds from the performances will benefit Clara’s House, a shelter for battered women.

Also, local playwright Shelley Stolaroff Segal is premiering her latest work Bliss at the Broach Theater on Feb. 14-18. I’ll include more details as the holiday nears. Until then, enjoy the snow.