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THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING | May 13 – 30

THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING TO BE UNVEILED AT 2010 THEATER OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH

member_of_the_wedding theatre of the american southTheater of the American South, a festival of Southern plays, food, and culture, will present the classic play, The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers, as part of its 2010 season.  Theater of the American South will open May 13 and run through May 30, 2010 in Wilson, North Carolina.

The Member of the Wedding is a touching portrayal of youthful awakening.  Twelve-year old tomboy Frankie Adams dreams of leaving her motherless home in a small Southern town to join her soon-to-be married brother and his fiancé.  Her adolescent flights of fancy are grounded by the hard-earned wisdom of her father’s African American housekeeper, Berenice, whose kitchen is a refuge for Frankie and her young cousin.  Carson McCullers, one of the South’s most acclaimed writers, adapted the play from her novel.  Other works by McCullers include The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and The Ballad of the Sad Café.  The Member of the Wedding was made into an Academy Award-nominated film.  Adam Twiss of Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy and the Barton College Theatre Department will direct.

The part of Frankie, who is onstage for virtually the entire play, is one of the most demanding for a young girl in American theater.  The Theater of the American South production will feature a Chapel Hill actress, Madeline Chloe Taylor, in this role.  Though only 13, Maddie Taylor already has an impressive resume.  She has had featured roles in the HBO miniseries on John Adams and on the television show Law & Order SVU.

Starring as Berenice in The Member of the Wedding is noted Triangle actress Yolanda W. Rabun.  Ms. Rabun was featured in the Triangle’s 2009 Top 10 show winner, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and is now appearing in Burning Coal Theatre Company’s production of Gee’s Bend.  She is the recipient of Raleigh Little Theatre’s Cantey Award for Best Actress.

The Member of the Wedding will be presented at the Boykin Cultural Center at 108 W. Nash Street in downtown Wilson.

Performances are at 8 pm on May 13, 21, 27 and 29 and at 2 pm on May 15, 16, 22, 23 and 30.

Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and students.  Passport Tickets covering a combination of events are also available.  Tickets may be ordered online at www.theateroftheamericansouth.org, by phone at (252) 291-4329 x10, or in person at the Arts Council of Wilson box office at 124 Nash Street SW in Wilson.

Concord, Virginia, a triumph of Southern storytelling, will be the other featured production in the 2010 season of Theater of the American South.  The festival will also offer a speaker series, Barbecue Bash, a staged reading program, and other cultural events.  Theater of the American South is presented under the auspices of the Arts Council of Wilson and receives support from the Wilson County Tourism Development Authority.  Cornerstone Bank is the season sponsor of Theater of the American South.  Festival plays are sponsored by BB&T.

For additional information, visit www.theateroftheamericansouth.org.

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