TheatreUNCA Mainstage Season


Tickets for "Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" are on sale now!


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"Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter", by Julie Marie Myatt, is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Directed by Lise Kloeppel

Reintegration into society after the experiences of war is oftentimes very difficult for those in the military. After all the action, devastation and noise, everyday life may be quite the challenge. For U.S. Marine Jenny Sutter this is certainly true. Haunted by her war experience and not quite ready to pick up where she left off, Jenny takes a side trip to Slab City - "The Last Free Place on Earth," a place for societal misfits who prefer to live outside the norm, do as they please and not interfere with the liberty of others.  It is here where the permanent residents help Jenny heal her internal war wounds and gently persuade her to rejoin society and return to her children.

Performances: March 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 7:30pm and March 4th at 2:00pm.

Ticket prices: $12 General Admission, $10 Faculty/Military Veterans/Senior Citizens, $7 students/ OLLI members (taxes and fees not included).


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This Girl Laughs. This Girl Cries. This Girl Does Nothing. Globe with play title and three young girls

"This Girl Laughs. This Girl Cries. This Girl Does Nothing" by Finegan Kruckemeyer.

Directed by Patricia Snoyer Black

Description of the Play

"This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing", is a moving and delightful modern-day fable that tells the story of three young girls who become women by choosing to encounter the world in their own distinct way. Abandoned by their father in the woods, the three sisters embark on a tale of magnificent magical realism to discover what life has to offer and what they can offer back. Armed with only their knowledge, curiosity and instinct, Albienne sets off in one direction to find purpose, Beatrice ventures the other direction to find adventure and Carmen remains with the intent to create a home. Written by award-winning children’s playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, this whimsical story is brought to life through puppetry, immersive staging and an ensemble of storytellers. In a story that is irresistibly playful and charming, This Girl Laughs… offers a depth and complexity to the idea of the female heroine that ultimately results in an empowering, visceral experience. It is a fable fit for all ages, especially for the brave, curious ones who follow their heart to find home.

About the Playwright
Finegan Kruckemeyer has had 81 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages, and was an inaugural recipient of the $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. This year 46 seasons (including 14 premieres) were presented worldwide. To date, Finegan’s plays have had seasons in: over 100 international festivals; all Australian states/territories; ten US national tours; five UK national tours; and at the Sydney Opera House (six works), Ireland’s Dublin Theatre Festival (two works), Scotland’s Imaginate Festival (two works), Shanghai’s Malan Flower Theatre, New York’s Lincoln Center for the Arts and New Victory Theater (three works), and DC’s Kennedy Center for the Arts (three works)… Finegan was born in Ireland, and came to Adelaide, Australia aged eight. In 2004, he moved with his wife Essie to Hobart, Tasmania, from which he now writes for national/international companies. He is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within. 

Quotes About the Play

“Fables stay with us our entire life because they continue to teach and inform us; clarify choices when we come to crossroads early on in life and unveil what is to be gained in times of turmoil.” –StageMilk

Somewhere between hilarious and human’.
Luca (age 9), Big Kids Magazine

The most important thing is always the telling of the story – children demand imagination and clarity while adults deserve it. This is the secret of fables and fairy stories and it’s the standard by which theatre for children can best be judged. By that measure – and plenty of others beside… ‘This Girl Laughs’ succeeds admirably’.
The West Australian

“This play is about hoping and believing” says young Barking Gecko reviewer Maia 
in her review, “It made me curious. It made me want to know more”. 

2010 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award
2011 Australian Latin American Foundation grant
Finalist, 2012 Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award: Best Children’s Play

Public performances are scheduled for April 20th and 21st at 7:30pm. There will be a matinee performance April 22nd at 2:00pm.

Ticket prices: $12 General Admission, $10 Faculty/Senior Citizens, $7 students/ OLLI members (taxes and fees not included).

Special school group performances will be April 18th and 19th, with two performances on the 19th. Contact Suzie at 828.251.6610, or for more details and the school group rate.


NOTE: "This Girl...." is now a book, check your local bookstore for availability. Cover art by Andy Ellis



 This Girl Laughs. This Girl Cries. This Girl Does Nothing.

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