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WCU presents hard-hitting drama

Students and faculty from Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen will be staging the hard-hitting drama “Really Really” March 22-25 in the Studio Theatre of WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Written by New York-based playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo, the fictional story centers on the consequences of a big party at an elite university, when a female student accuses a male member of the school’s rugby team of an act of sexual aggression.

In a 2012 article for The Washington Post, Jessica Goldstein wrote that Colaizzo’s play “occupies the intersection between violence and intimacy, perhaps the most terrifying crossroads imaginable.” 

The plot, Goldstein wrote, “hinges on an allegation of a sexual nature that may or may not be true, because everyone involved has memories of that night that are foggy, blurred by beer and sleep and, perhaps, a subconscious desire to forget.”

Performances at WCU are set for 7:30 p.m. March 22-24 and at 3 p.m. March 25. The play is intended for mature audiences only and includes a scene with a graphic depiction of rape that some audience members may find disturbing. The play is not suitable for younger audiences.

The production, part of the School of Stage and Screen’s Mainstage theatre season, will be directed by Colin Wasmund of the school’s faculty.

Tickets are $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and seniors, and $20 for all others. For tickets or more information, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828.227.2479 or visit


Highlands ‘Live via Satellite’

The Highlands Performing Arts Center will screen “Live via Satellite” the National Theatre of London’s encore production of Shakespeare’s classic “Hamlet” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24. 

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. 

Tickets are available online at, at the door or by calling 828.526.9047. All students will be admitted free of charge.


‘The Day He Wore My Crown’

A stage production of “The Day He Wore My Crown” will be held at 7 p.m. March 23-24 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Years ago, David T. Clydesdale had a vision to arrange some of the greatest Easter songs ever recorded that could tell the complete story of the Resurrection. 

Audiences are sure to be moved by lyrics that take every heart on a journey from the crowds crying out, “Hosanna!” to the passion of Christ on the cross, and finally to the glory of His resurrection — all in a beautifully crafted musical that includes songs written by iconic names such as Bill and Gloria Gaither, Lari Goss and Phil Johnson.

Come and experience the majesty of the everlasting King with live drama, a full choir and heart-changing songs. Staged by the Overlook Theatre Company. Musical direction by Kathi Graham.

Tickets are $8 for students, $15 for adults. For more information and/or to buy tickets, call 828.524.1598 or visit 



• There will open auditions for a production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” at 6:30 p.m. March 23-24 and 27-28 at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City. All are welcome. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..