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Rural Academy Theater Rolls Onto Campus

Ruralacademytheater The Rural Academy Theater is a collaboration of individuals, two-legged & four, creating theater for primarily rural audiences in response to the growing urbanization of our culture, economy, food, education, media & art. They're coming back to Mars Hill University for a performance on their wagon/stage on Monday, September 28, 2015, at sundown (approximately 8:00 p.m.). They'll be set up on the upper Quad.

The 2015 Rural Academy Theater tour is a celebration of season and place. The performance opens with a modern skewing of the Persephone myth, while following the conversation of a small band of dinner guests joined for an annual meal. The show explores our ties to agrarian rhythms as well as our modern disassociation from them. The stories recounted by the dinner guests spring to life through shadow puppetry, song and physical theater, acknowledging the extent to which our lives and fate are still beating to a seasonal, collective pulse. The feature presentation will be followed by a screening of Buster Keaton’s 1922 silent film “Cops” accompanied live by The Rural Academy Orchestra.

This program is made possible by the Madison County Tourism and Development Authority and is sponsored by the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies and the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (S.A.R.T.)

For more information, contact Hannah Furgiuele at 828-689-1571 or hfurgiuele@mhu.edu.