The Last Night of Ballyhoo Comes to Stonehill
March 14, 2012
The Stonehill Theatre Company will present its annual spring performance Thursday, March 29-Saturday, March 31, adapting the classic Alfred Uhry play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. The play, directed by Instructor Andrea Grapko of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, will run nightly at 8 p.m. for those three dates in Stonehill's Hemingway Theatre.
Set in 1939 Atlanta, The Last Night of Ballyhoo focuses on a Jewish-German family that is completely out of touch with what is happening back in Germany, where Nazism has consolidated its grip on the country. Adolph and Sunny Freitag and their family have assimilated into American life and find themselves adrift from their Jewish identity.
Ballyhoo is one of Uhry's "Atlanta Trilogy" of great plays, along with Driving Miss Daisy, and Parade. Originally premiering on Broadway in February 1997, Ballyhoo has received numerous awards and recognition, including the Tony Award for Best Play in 1997. Uhry is one of only a handful of people to have won a Tony Award, an Academy Award, and a Pulitzer Prize (in dramatic writing).
Grapko holds a Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.A. with a focus in directing from Miami University in Ohio. She has trained and directed at countless institutions, theatres, and festivals across the country.
Grapko has directed original plays at Bondermen Symposium at Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region in Denver, the MATC's Midwest Dramatists Lab, and at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Tickets for The Last Night of Ballyhoo can be purchased in advance by calling the Stonehill Theatre Company Box Office at (508) 565-1458 or at the door. General admission will be $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
For more information, contact Patricia Sankus at 508-565-1031.