Actor Mark Sutch of Davidson brings his self-produced one-man play “Underneath the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences,” to the Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius this weekend. Meanwhile, we also have news of Davidson Community Players’ production of “Crazy for You” June 21-30 and about a “Summer Scene Study” workshop for young adults hosted by Davidson Community Players’ Connie Company. MARK SUTCH IS ‘UNDER THE LINTEL’
Davidson College theater professor Mark Sutch plays the librarian in Glen Berger’s one-man show “Under the Lintel: An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences” Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. at Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius.
The acclaimed play portrays an idiosyncratic Dutch librarian’s mad quest for the man who returned a book 113 years overdue. It follows the librarian’s gripping, mysterious and hilarious pursuit through Holland, Australia, New York, and Beijing, and ventures into moving examinations of love, faith, and the question of whether individuals can actually make a mark on the world.
This will be the Charlotte-area premiere of “Underneath the Lintel,” though it has been performed in more than 55 cities in eight countries, and played more than 400 performances Off-Broadway in 2001. The play was one of Time Out New York’s Ten Best Plays of 2001, won the 2001 L.A. Ovation Award, and won the 2004 Edmonton Sterling Award for Best Play.
On sabbatical from Davidson this spring, Sutch took advantage of a performance agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association and a generous research grant from Davidson to present the solo show. He decided to self-produce, which has entailed booking venues, securing rights, organizing publicity, locating props and costumes, rehearsing, directing, and designing the play.
Taking on such a tremendous amount of the job will allow him to offer tickets to a professional-quality piece of theatre for about the cost of a movie ticket—$10 per person.
Sutch has taught acting, directing and script analysis at Davidson since joining the faculty in 2006. He has also directed productions at the college of Dark Ride, Women Beware Women, Hamlet, Leading Ladies, Into the Woods, and Romeo and Juliet. He has also worked with local companies such as the Actors’ Theatre of Charlotte and the Burning Coal Theatre Company, where he is a company member.
Before coming to Davidson, he spent five years as Artistic Associate at Rhode Island’s Trinity Repertory Company, where he appeared in several productions and directed productions of Suddenly Last Summer, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He also served as Producing Director of the Trinity Summer Shakespeare Project, which toured throughout the northeast.
Mr. Sutch performed the show last weekend at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST) in Charlotte. For reservations and information about this weekend’s performances at Warehouse PAC, call 704-619-0429. Reservations for all performances are also available at www.underneathcharlotte.squarespace.com.
Warehouse PAC is at 9216-A Westmoreland Rd., off U.S. 21/Statesville Road.
Also coming up at Warehouse PAC:
‘CRAZY FOR YOU’ COMING IN JUNE
Described as a high-energy comedy with mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music, it tells the story of Bobby Child, a 1930s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. Despite the efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his dream. It includes memorable Gershwin tunes such as “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Davidson Community Players’ artistic director Melissa Ohlman-Roberge directs the show, with musical direction by John Smith and choreography by Emily Hunter and Felicia Davis.
Shows are June 21-23 and 28-30 at 8 p.m. and June 24 and 30 at 2 p.m. Info and tickets: www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
SUMMER SCENE STUDY
Davidson Community Player’s the Connie Company is offering a new summer scene study class for young adults ages 19-25. This new adult class offers training for both experienced and inexperienced actors who are interested in developing their skills as actors. Classes meet from 5:15-6:45 beginning June 4th through July 30th and will take place at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street in Davidson.
Summer Scene Study is a fee-based eight week course which focuses on building confidence and acting technique in a safe and collaborative environment. Actors will work on scenes of various genres as a vehicle for building skills in character development, stage presence, physical and vocal dexterity and knowledge of personal style. Both inexperienced and experienced actors are encouraged to participate. Actors will work alongside their peers on exercises designed for actors to use on their own during rehearsal processes in community or professional theatres. Course is led by Brianna Smith, Davidson Community Player’s Education Coordinator.
Included in the one-time course fee of $80 are eight 1½ hour classes with time for both individual and group work, and one ticket to each of DCP’s summer shows, Crazy For You and Rumors. Registration is available by calling (704)267-6045 or emailing Brianna Smith at email@example.com.
In addition, Davidson Community Players is also offering a full range of summer camps for children of all ages. Register for summer at www.d-recs.org. Details for the Adult Summer Scene Study and all summer camps are available thru the DCP office at 704-892-7953.