The UTC Theatre Company will present the play Mill Fire by award winning playwright and screenwriter Sally Nemeth.
Review for Mill Fire:
Set in Birmingham, Ala. in 1978, Mill Fire is a play about forgiveness and the power of community. The play follows the journey of Marlene as she wrestles with the accidental death of her husband. Revealed in a beautifully poetic style, the play invites the viewer to enter the past and relive the events of the night that forever changed a community of steel workers and their wives.
“I was drawn to Sally Nemeth’s play because of the strong and powerful young woman who is at the core of this play,” says the play’s director Gaye Jeffers. “Many of us have or will face a life-altering event, as the character of Marlene does in Mill Fire. Marlene’s fight is with the past and Nemeth’s use of time shifts and ghostly apparitions is a wonderfully rich reminder of the power of the human spirit to push through the tough times.”
UTC’s Department of Theatre and Speech is bringing playwright Sally Nemeth to its campus for workshops with students and community writers. Ms. Nemeth, whose work includes award-winning plays as well as writing for television series such as Law and Order, will give a talk-back after the opening night of the show on Oct. 1. This talk-back is open to the public.
This production will showcase nine UTC acting students as well as the designs of two new faculty members in UTC’s Department of Theatre and Speech. The set is designed by new Visiting Assistant Professor Adam Miecielica, who brings years of experience in professional and academic theatre to UTC. The costumes are designed by Stephanie Henderson, who also has years of experience, including designing for operas in Italy.
Other production staff include, UTC Professor John Burgess as lighting designer and UTC student Cricket Glenn as stage manager.
The performances of Mill Fire run from Oct. 1-5 at 7:30 p.m. There is also a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for general admission. The play will be performed in the Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre in the UTC Fine Arts Center. Tickets are available at the UTC Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 425-4269 or online at tickettracks.com.