Sep 17, 2023

Curtain Up on Free Performances of 'Welcome to the Monkey House'

Theatre Eclectic, the production arm of SBCC School of Extended Learning's Urge to Act (Acting for Older Adults) workshop, will stage four free performances of "Who Am I This Time?" from Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s "Welcome to the Monkey House," dramatized by Christopher Sergel.

The shows will be at 7 p.m. June 20 and 27 in SBCC's Wake Campus auditorium; and June 22 and 29 in the auditorium at the Schott Campus. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m. June 24 at Friendship Manor Retirement Community.

No tickets are required to attend. Free access to the shows is consistent with Theatre Eclectic's mission: Underrepresented artists for under served audiences.

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"Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s story, provides us with a delightful look at community theatre, and actors in general," Philip Levien, director and workshop instructor, said of the play.

"For me, the overriding theme is that theater has a wonderful ability to transform lives. The lives of the characters you see on stage are immeasurably enriched by their membership in the fictional North Crawford Mask and Wig Club.

"By extension, so are the lives of their audiences.," he said. "I would argue that we are all changed by our visits to the theater: the chance to feel, the chance to reflect, and the occasion to laugh."