Spotlight: Theatre Department to Stage ‘Rising Water’

Spotlight: Theatre Department to Stage ‘Rising Water’

Date Published:
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

“Rising Water” tells the harrowing story of Camille and Sugar, a New Orleans couple who flee to their attic as water floods their home in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

UNC Charlotte’s celebrated Theatre Department brings New Orleans native John Biguenet’s play to the Anne R. Belk Theatre in the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts for a five-day run, March 23-27. Shows are 8:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday, with a 2:00 PM matinee on Sunday.

“’Rising Water' will allow audiences to experience the universal issues of personal and natural crisis in a way that is immediate and topical,” says James Vesce, chair of the Department of Theatre, College of Arts + Architecture. “This is a modern-day American story that everyone can connect with.”

Seasoned actors Gina Stewart (Camille) and Charles LaBorde (Sugar) take the leads for this production. Stewart, a UNC Charlotte alumna, successfully toured with the N.C. Shakespeare Festival, the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival, Opera Carolina and the Tarradiddle Players. LaBoarde, founding principal of Charlotte’s Northwest School of the Arts, is an active director and actor with Theatre Charlotte and Carolinas Actor Studio Theatre.

'Rising Water' will allow audiences to experience the universal issues of personal and natural crisis in a way that is immediate and topical. This is a modern-day American story that everyone can connect with.
James Vesce, Chair, Department of Theatre

Biguenet is an award-winning author who has published six books and his poems, stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications. “Rising Water” won the 2006 National New Play Network Commission Award, a 2006 National Showcase of New Plays selection and was a 2007 recipient of an Access to Artistic Excellence development and production grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He will be in residence during the production and will participate in a post-performance talk on Friday, March 25.

Single tickets for reserved seating, which are $14 for the public, $9 for senior citizens and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff and $6 for all students, are available through the Box Office at Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, which is open from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to performances. Click here for more information. Ticket revenues for all UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre programs support student scholarships and educational program activities.