With a diverse array of performances lined up this year, the Department of Communications Studies’ performance studies program tries to push the boundaries of traditional theater — even if audiences don’t always understand the differences.
“Performance studies and communications studies is sometimes a misunderstood department because it’s not theater,” program coordinator and professor Joseph Megel explained.
“It’s always gonna be innovative, it’s always gonna be non-traditional, and it’s always gonna be stretching limits.”
- The Ladies Ring Shout Oct. 29-30 at 8 p.m.
- Vertigo Nov. 12-13, 19-20 at 8 p.m., Nov. 14, 21 at 3 p.m., Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.
- Spitting into the Wind Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Red Black And Green: A Blues Jan. 21-22 at 8 p.m.
- Get Your Troy On! Feb. 4-5 at 8 p.m.
- Two By Two Feb. 8 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
- Underpass April 11-21
Although the productions may be performed on a stage like a traditional dramatic arts production, the performance studies program is dedicated to constantly questioning and exploring how performers view every aspect of their performance, Megel said.
Last year, the performance studies program received a Triangle Arts Award for their series from the Independent Weekly.