“Picnic” opens for UTC Department of Theatre and Speech

Picnic opens on September 30th and runs through October 8th, 2011 at the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre of the Fine Arts Center on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Campus.

Playwright William Inge wrote this classic piece of American realism in the early 1950’s.    The play is set in a small Kansas town much like the one where Inge grew up.   Professor Mac Smotherman directs Picnic for The UTC Theatre Department and says the focus of this play is women.   This Pulitzer Prize winner portrays the struggles of ordinary people in small town America.  Although not timeless nor universal in its appeal, Picnic has been continually reproduced throughout the United States since the 1950s.

Inge once said, “Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something beautiful, or to discover something that is true.”     Read more about the playwright from the website William Inge Center for the Arts.

Childhood home of William Inge

This home has been restored and is available to tour.   This residence also houses guest playwrights of the William Inge Festival and it’s front parlor serves as a stage for the annual event.

Sheila O’Mally also has a lovely tribute to William Inge at her website.

The UTC Department of Theatre and Speech has recently received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre.    As one of  the three NAST accredited schools in Tennessee, UTC Theatre is the only Undergraduate program in the state to be granted Associate Membership into this national accrediting agency for theatre schools.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Listen to the Story with Professor Smotherman and cast members:


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2 Responses to ““Picnic” opens for UTC Department of Theatre and Speech”

  1. Alice Farkas Says:

    It sounds like a wonderful play…..Looking forward to seeing it.

  2. Andy Perillo Says:

    I played Hal for Mac Smotherman in 1997. Great guy. It was as honor to work with him, and everyone at UTC. The most honing and beautiful experiences of my life were spent there. I hope you learn well. His instruction shaped my life.

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