Tag: Jonathan Fitts
Burning Coal Theatre Company will present Ian Finley, Jerome Davis, and Bruce Benedict’s two-part musical stage adaptation of “Jude the Obscure,” based on the 1895 novel by English novelist Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), on April 12-15, 19-22, and 26-29 and May 3-5 in Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School, near the Historic Oakwood Section of downtown Raleigh, NC.
Distillery Theatre Company’s “Playground” Casting Gimmick Pays Diminishing Dramatic Dividends as the Play Progresses
Distillery Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of “Playground,” Appalachian State University senior Jonathan Fitts’ fact-based play about a 10-year-old Yemeni girl’s forced marriage to — and subsequent divorce from — a man three times her age, employs an unusual casting gimmick. The children are played by adults, and the adults are played by children. Unfortunately, this stunt-casting gambit pays diminishing dramatic dividends as the play progresses.
“Playground” Chronicles a 10-Year-Old Yemeni Girl’s Struggle to Get a Divorce from a Man Three Times Her Age
Based on a true story and presented as part of Burning Coal’s “Wait ‘Til You See This!” second-stage series, the Distillery Theatre Company production of “Playground” chronicles the struggle of a typical Yemeni girl, married at age 10 to a man three times her age, to obtain a divorce from her abusive husband. It was an act of defiance that alienated her from her family, her country, and especially its Islamic judicial system.