The Howard Community College (HCC) Theatre Program, along with Carroll and Prince George’s community colleges, will debut an original, collaborative production of The Farm Theatre Project’s
In the Cotton
by Morgan McGuire
Directed by Theatre Department Chair Bill Gillett
WHEN: November 9–11 at 7:30 p.m., and November 12 at 2:30 p.m., with a special matinee performance on Friday, November 10 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: HCC’s Smith Theatre, located within the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland
TICKETS: $10 for general admission, $5 for students/seniors/faculty/staff/military. For tickets, visit howardcc.edu/box office or call 443-518-1500. The box office will also open 90 minutes prior to each show time and Tuesday–Friday, 12–5 p.m.
In the Cotton is a timely play that explores perspectives of race and society, communication, and relationships. The story revolves around a hate crime that is perpetrated on a college campus, and the feelings this evokes in a group of college students.
The production represents a unique and innovative endeavor, in which Howard, Carroll and Prince George’s community colleges have collaborated. The original work was commissioned by the three schools through the New York-based Farm Theatre Project, which connects professional playwrights with students and writers, and weaves student conversations into an original play. This series of performances mark the final iteration of a script that was previously performed at Carroll and Prince George’s community colleges, and has been continuously revised between each venue. This is the first time two-year colleges have banded together for a project like this. Previous work with The Farm Theatre Project used four-year colleges and universities.
“The project is an exciting collaboration between the three community colleges creating something new and exciting. It continues to provide students the opportunity to develop their craft, colleges to share resources, and our communities to attend a new, groundbreaking theatre experience,” says the production’s director, Bill Gillett.
“For me, this play tells a story of relationships—the vulnerability and sensation of knowing one person more than the other and how that affects the view we have on the world,” said Asia Nicholson, a student cast member.
About The Theatre Program
The Howard Community College theatre program is committed to helping students develop their individual creativity and artistic viewpoint. Students are provided a solid foundation of theory and technique, exposure to aesthetic and cultural diversity, collaborative skills, practical experience on and off the stage, and ample opportunities for performance. The learning process is strengthened by faculty who are known both as excellent teachers and practicing artists. The theatre program presents a variety of performances showcasing students throughout the year, including a fall play production, staged readings, the popular spring Shakespeare birthday celebration performance, and an annual collaboration of faculty, students, alumni, and guest artists performing scenes, songs, and stage combat.
Since 1970, Howard Community College (HCC) has been a preferred college choice for students and families in Howard County, Maryland. A public community college, HCC offers associate degree and certificate programs, as well as workforce development training and continuing education classes, to nearly 30,000 credit and noncredit students each year. Among HCC’s recent honors is being named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education for the ninth consecutive year.