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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:21

‘The Bald Soprano’ kicks off HART winter season

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One of the bright spots of the winter is the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre Studio Season.

Each year, HART in Waynesville presents a festival of plays in its intimate 60-seat Feichter Studio. The space is located backstage in the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House and for many it is where the region’s most exciting theatre happens.

Beginning Jan. 12 with Eugène Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” and continuing through mid-April, HART will present six different productions, a new one every two weeks.

Tickets are only $10 with general admission seating, but reservations are recommended as many shows regularly sell out. Another cautionary note, don’t arrive late. Once the show begins, no one can be admitted.

The first production is considered a masterpiece of the Theatre of the Absurd movement of the 1950s. The idea for “The Bald Soprano” came to Ionesco while he was trying to learn English with the Assimil method. This begins with a passive period of reading and listening to a foreign language with translations. Ionesco was impressed by the contents of the dialogues, often very sober and strange, so he decided to write an absurd play named “English without Toil.” The current title was set only after a verbal slip-up was made by one of the actors during rehearsals. The other shows coming this winter include: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” (abridged), “Twelfth Night,” “Women and War,” “Mass Appeal,” and “In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play).”

A complete schedule is available at www.harttheatre.org. Season tickets are also available for the winter season. Most shows traditionally run two weekends, but reservations are only taken one week at a time due to possible weather cancellations. Those attending can also dine at Harmons’ Den Bistro at HART prior to the show.

To make reservations or for more information call the HART box office at 828.456.6322. HART is located at 250 Pigeon Street in downtown Waynesville.

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