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Community Colleges Collaborate to Offer Original Theatre Performances

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Article by: Artelia C. Gillam

Largo, MD—Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), Howard Community College and Carroll Community College have joined forces to debut an original, collaborative production of The Farm Theatre Project – with a working title of “Tanner and The Cotton.” The first performances will be held Feb. 23–26 at the Carroll Community College Theater in the Scott Center, followed by performances later this year at the other two community colleges.

The production represents a unique and innovative endeavor where the three institutions have are collaborating. The New York-based Farm Theatre Project connects professional playwrights with students, and writers weave student conversations into the script of original plays.  This is the first time that the Farm Theatre Project developers are collaborating with community colleges. Until now, four-year colleges and universities worked with the playwrights.

Scriptwriting is now complete, rehearsals are underway, and the performance is ready for its debut. The first performances will be at CCC on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

Performances will be held April 27 through April 30 at Bowie State University. PGCC will produce these performances on the Bowie campus during PGCC renovation. HCC will hold the production from Nov. 2 through Nov. 5 at its Columbia campus.

The play explores perspectives of race and society; communication; and relationships. Producers recommend the play for ages 13 and above. The playwright is Morgan McGuire.

“The Communication and Theatre Department at Prince George’s Community College is so excited to partner with our sister institutions, Carroll Community College and Howard Community College, to bring together our diverse student populations to explore a new work for the stage,” said Gary Fry, PGCC Theatre Director.  “I have often said theatre is an art form that brings people together to experience a mirror of humanity where we can examine ourselves and society through social, political, cultural, historical, and psychological themes. This project does just that, with a particular emphasis on making sure the voice of our students, in particular, are represented in the narrative.”   

“The project has been an exciting collaboration between the three community colleges to create something new,” said William Gillett, chair of dance and theatre at HCC. “The project has provided the opportunity for students to develop their craft, colleges to share resources and our communities to attend a new, groundbreaking theatre experience.”

For more information about the PGCC performances at Bowie State University, please contact Gary Fry at 301-546-O926, or click here to access the theatre department’s web page.

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers, to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving more than 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enables PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. PGCC is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education through 2025. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.