Blinn-Bryan Theatre Arts to host special encore performances of 'Toil and Trouble'

Performances will take place Nov. 7-8 in the Bryan Campus Student Center

Performances will take place Nov. 7-8 in the Bryan Campus Student Center

October 25, 2019

Following two sold-out performances last week, the Blinn College-Bryan Campus Theatre Arts Program will host special encore performances of “Toil and Trouble” on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7 and 8, at the Bryan Campus Student Center.

The performances, which take place at 7:30 p.m. in Room F-120, will replace the previously scheduled, “Life of Galileo.”

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the general public. All theatre performances are open seating. Tickets can be purchased at www.blinn.edu/boxoffice/bryan. For questions regarding ticket reservations, contact the Box Office at 979-209-8100 or bryanboxoffice@blinn.edu. Tickets also will be available at the door.

A black comedy with clever wit, “Toil and Trouble” pits friend against friend, ambition against fate, and pet sitting against miniature mogul-dom. The play revolves around three underemployed friends, Adam, Matt, and Beth, who are desperate to beat the recession by any means necessary. The three combine forces to take over a small island in South America, but plans go awry when a fortune cookie message tells Matt that he will rule and Beth gets a little careless with a dagger. Audiences should note that the play contains adult language and themes.

Following both performances, attendees are encouraged to stay for a brief “Talkback” session featuring a discussion with the cast and production team who will invite the audience to ask questions and delve into the parallels between this modern adaptation and the Bard’s original text.

“This contemporary adaptation of ‘Macbeth’ is shrouded in dark humor and introduces the audience to Shakespeare in a whole new way,” Blinn-Bryan Theatre Director Greg Wise said. “Tragedy turns to comedy in this timely production that showcases our students’ talent and delivers an evening of laughs.”

“Toil and Trouble” will be Blinn-Bryan’s entry into the Kennedy Center for American College Theatre Festival.

Blinn will follow “Toil and Trouble” with “The Second Shepherd’s Play” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 4-5, at the Blinn-Bryan Student Center, and will perform two free shows at 6 and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Bryan.

Now in its second year, the BBTT continues its successful outreach program that brings live theatre and educational tools and exercises into local schools, community centers, libraries, and retirement communities. As a counterpart to their on-campus shows, the troupe will conduct community performances, which are made possible by a grant from the Eugene Edge III Charitable Trust. For this play, the BBTT will bring excerpts of “Toil and Trouble” to Bryan and College Station High Schools’ as a complement to their English curriculum, which includes “Macbeth.”

Blinn’s Theatre Arts Program hosts a variety of performances each year on its Bryan and Brenham campuses, and integrates the artistic, technical, and academic disciplines of theatre from the classroom to the stage. The Theatre Arts Program is part of Blinn’s Division of Visual/Performing Arts and Kinesiology, which offers courses and hands-on learning opportunities in architecture, arts, communication studies, construction science, kinesiology, music, and theatre.

For more information or to reserve the Blinn-Bryan Theatre Troupe, contact Wise at greg.wise@blinn.edu.

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