What is the show about?
Set in rural Mississippi, this coming of age ghost story by Jerre Dye is deeply rooted in the life of a small southern family on the verge of transformation. The unrelenting July heat presses in on seventeen-year-old Ace and his mother Lily as they dig their way out the past. It’s a story about letting go and shedding what is no longer necessary in a world full of secrets, ghosts, and memories that hold on tight. Lyrical and hard-hitting, this unique piece of theatre sheds light on the enduring southern spirit by exploring the complexity of the ties that bind.
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The Kennedy Center American Cottege Theater Festival, part of the
Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by
David and Alice Rubenstein.
Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting
the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Kennedy Center American
College Theater Festival.
Additional support is provided by The Honoraole Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E.
Bernstein; the Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; and Beatrice and
Anthony Welters and the AnBryce Foundation.
KCACTF is part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy, inspired
by five enduring Ideals often ascribed to JFK: Courage, Freedom, Justice,
Service, and Gratitude. Support for JKFC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy
is provided by Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley, Chevron,
the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and Target.
Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible
through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the
President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.
This production Is entered In the Kennedy Center American College Theater
Festival (KCACTF). The aims of this national theater education program are to
identity and promote quality in college-level theater production. To this end, each
production entered is eligible for a response by a regional KCACTF
representative, and selected students and faculty are invited to participate in
KCACTF programs lnvolving scholarships. internships, grants, and awards for
actors, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, designers, stage managers and critics
at both the regional and national levels.
Productions entered on the Participating level are eligible for invitation to the
KCACTF regional festival and may also be considered for national awards
recognizing outstanding aehlevement In production, design, direction and
By entering this production, our theater department is sharing in the KCACTF
goals to recognize. reward. and celebrate the exemplary work produced in
college and university theaters across the nation.
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