Covenant College Theatre Department Opens Production Of Consumption Sept. 29

A “Fever Dream” Meditation On 19th-Century Youth And Tuberculosis

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Covenant College Theatre Department will present Courtney Baron’s Consumption, a “Fever Dream” meditation on 19th-century youth and Tuberculosis. 

Consumption plays in Covenant College’s Sanderson Auditorium Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 30 and Oct. 6 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m. with $7 tickets for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and staff. Visitors can also attend a final dress rehearsal on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. with $5 tickets for adults and $3 for seniors, students, and staff. 

There will also be an after-show discussion on Sept. 30 featuring Covenant history professor Dr. Jay Green, theology professor Dr. Hans Madueme, and counselor Shan Alexander. To reserve tickets or ask any questions, call the box office at 706-419-1051 or email

Review for Consumption: 

The 19th century is coming to a close. An ambitious nurse, a young man of privilege, a wandering preacher, and an Appalachian farm girl living states away from each other seem to have nothing in common but their youth and a bonerattling cough—yet, miraculously, they share the same fever dreams. As these strangers’ malady intensifies throughout Courtney Baron’s surreal and poetic 50-minute vignette Consumption, they realize they might be each other’s last confidants. 

“The four are dying of tuberculosis whether they accept the fact or not and find themselves together in the same mental space even though they are miles apart,” says Abigail DeGraaf, who will be portraying Philly nurse Hannah O’Flannery for her Senior Thesis. “However, the story isn’t about their death but the lives they are leaving behind and could have lived.” The poignant historical drama recreates a handful of stories from the hundreds of thousands who died in the United States each year from tuberculosis in the late 1800s—just a few decades before the development of a cure that rendered tuberculous an afterthought in the U.S. during the years to come. 

“It’s almost a poem of a play, a remarkable study of loss,” adds Camille Hallstrom. “Consumption speaks to what loss means for individual families, for me, and for all these young people with —as it would be— their life ahead of them.” 

The play’s unorthodox structure marries the feel of a present-day poetry slam with an honest heart to-heart on gritty subjects we moderns tend to shy away from. Despite its retrospective lens, Consumption speaks to a current world still wracked by lethal disease and even tuberculosis itself in some regions. 

“I’ve never seen a play told this way before,” says Bethany Hicks—playing young North Carolinian mother, Pearl Jacobs (also for her Senior Thesis)—in regards to the production’s non-linear approach. “As all of the characters have been psychologically affected by their disease, Consumption prompts the audience to think even deeper about how people’s backgrounds could have affected them in the present.” 

Senior Noah Lloyd plays passionate New England clergyman Gideon Warren while alum Matthew Mindeman returns as the insensitive and immature golden-child Nathaniel Moore.

Kurt Vile And The Violators Play At The Signal July 14

Kurt Vile and The Violators, with Dylan Carlson, will play at the Signal on Saturday, July 14.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins sat 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 the day of the show and are available at Songbirds Guitar Museum and Online at or by phone at 877-4FLY-TIX. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.  Review ... (click for more)

Gyan Riley Comes To Barking Legs April 3

CoPAC and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present Gyan Riley in concert Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will be at  Barking Legs Theater , 1307 Dodds Ave.  Tickets are $15 in advance and at the door and $10 for students at the door.  Review for Gyan Riley:  The celebrated contemporary classical guitarist Gyan Riley has ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Says $4 Million Needed To Put SROs In All Hamilton County Schools

Sheriff Jim Hammond on Thursday night told members of the County School Board that $4 million is needed to provide School Resource Officers for all of the 79 schools. He said currently there are 31 SROs in 29 schools, leaving 50 uncovered. School Board member Rhonda Thurman said she believes the community could come together to provide the necessary funding. "It's something ... (click for more)

Judge Philyaw Denies He Did Not Reappoint Magistrate Because She Was Gay

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw told a federal jury on Thursday that the fact Elizabeth Gentzler is openly gay had no part in his decision not to reappoint her as a magistrate. "Absolutely not. I have a lot of gay friends, family and acquaintances," he said. However, a court officer at Juvenile Court sided with Ms. Gentzler. Jimmie Cannon said, "Ninety-nine percent ... (click for more)

Tax All County Property Owners Once For School Safety

Our School Board, Sheriff Hammond, school administrators and the community are thoughtfully considering how to maintain safety in classrooms. Currently, discussions indicate more funding will be needed to ensure school safety. If schools are not safe and more money will change that, by all means let’s move to fix the problem.   There are many caring and knowledgeable ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘In God We Trust …And Protecting Our School Children

On a day that the Tennessee Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prominently display the words “In God We Trust” in every school building in the state, the Hamilton County School Board gave my boy Bad Little Johnny cause to get a magic market and scribble underneath, “but ‘Everybody Else Is Gonna’ Need A Pistol!’” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who was ... (click for more)