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BROADWAY in Wilmington

ORANGE isthe NEW BLAck Piper Kerman Classic Shakespearean Theatre


2014-15 SEASON




The world’s most important living choreographer and his dance troupe

The legacy of New Orleans Jazz

Wilmington’s first full-scale Broadway production

Arts in Action Performance Series 2014-15 Season 3 Molly Ringwald 4 Paul Taylor Dance Company 4 Cherry Poppin’ Daddies 4 Nano Stern 6 Aquila Theatre 6 Irvin Mayfield & the NOJO 7 Blue13 8 Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde 9 Ticket Information 10 Order Form 11 Wade Davis 11 Ernest Cline 11 Piper Kerman Contact UNCW Presents 601 S. College Rd Wilmington, NC 28412 910.962.2522 The Paul Taylor Dance Company performance and residency activities are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Dear Friends, Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Stefanie Mancuso, and I will be serving as the Interim Associate Director for Campus Life Arts and Programs for the 2014-15 academic year. It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the 2014-15 UNCW Presents Arts in Action and Leadership Lecture Series Season. Our trademark of excellence and eclecticism continues this season at UNCW with incredible performances including the work of the world’s most prominent living choreographer, classic Shakespearean theatre, a modern swing band and Wilmington’s first full-scale Broadway performance. For more than 20 years UNCW Presents has provided our students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages with the best of the arts and humanities from the world over. It has been our goal to enlighten you with new concepts and art forms, as well as expose you to once-forgotten, old-world traditions. It is a privilege to offer my heartfelt thanks to you, our patrons, for your support in keeping live performing arts alive and well in our region. Thank you to our students, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support this importnat programming. Our office functions as a student labratory for arts management and program planning through which we connect to various academic programs. To our hundreds of student volunteers, interns and our thousands of student patrons, who will be the next generation of arts leaders -Thank you for continuing to carry the torch! See you at the theater! Stefanie Mancuso Interim Associate Director Campus Life Arts & Programs On the cover: Molly Ringwald.

An Evening with Molly Ringwald Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 7 p.m. │ Kenan Auditorium Film icon Molly Ringwald is celebrated for her acting work in the critically acclaimed, rite-of-passage movies Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. However, long before she became a Golden Globe-nominated actress, Ringwald was singing. She began performing with her father’s jazz band when she was three and has never stopped. Now, she kicks off our exciting season with her crowd-pleasing concert, “An Evening with Molly Ringwald.” She returns to her roots as a singer, performing a flavorsome arrangement of jazz songs from her album, Except Sometimes. Ringwald’s performance melds traditional jazz with hits from the Great American Songbook, creating a unique show with beautiful, unexpected musical connections. Summer 2014 │ 3

Arts in Action Performance Series

Paul Taylor Dance Company Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 8 p.m.│ Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts Co-presented with Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Branded as the world’s most important living choreographer, Paul Taylor will bring his contemporary dance troupe, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, to the Thalian Hall Main Stage in partnership with UNCW Presents. Their performance, a retrospective of their work, will be a celebration of the company’s 60th anniversary. Founded in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the earliest touring companies in American dance. Today, Taylor continues to win acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of both his recent dances and his classic works. Taylor’s meticulously choreographed dances draw from influential moments in American cultural history—such as war, spirituality, sexuality, and morality—putting his characteristic humorous and lighthearted spin on these themes. With his troupe, Taylor tackles society’s toughest issues and explores the beauty of movement. Above & Beyond The Paul Taylor Dance Company will be in residence at UNCW, offering free master classes, workshops and lectures. For details, visit

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Nano Stern

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20 and 21, 2014 Residency provided by Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 7 p.m. │ Kenan Auditorium

Renowned for their infusion of swing and ska, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies first broke into the musical mainstream with their 1997 swing compilation, Zoot Suit Riot. Today, to the enjoyment of audiences across the globe, the Daddies continue to perform their trademark songs and signature music styles but with a more eclectic, varied approach. While the band’s earlier releases were rooted mostly in funk and punk rock, their subsequent studio albums have incorporated elements from many diverse genres of popular music and Americana, including rock, rhythm and blues, soul and world music. Their performance features hits from the 1960s, a tribute to the music of the legendary Rat Pack.

A guitar virtuoso with a powerful singing voice, Nano Stern is a celebrated Chilean artist devoted to music and larger social issues. At 27, Stern’s rise to fame has been both meteoric and prolific; he has released four critically acclaimed, award-winning solo albums within a five-year span. Stern’s music draws from the traditional music of Latin America and European folk songs, mixed with more contemporary, improvisational jazz-rock. Stern is a highly active voice in Chilean social rights, often writing, singing and speaking about issues bigger than himself. As he grapples with geographical, social and cultural borders through his music, Stern creates an intense, spirited energy that resonates with audiences from all backgrounds and different walks of life. Above & Beyond Nano Stern will be in residence at UNCW, offering free master classes, workshops and lectures. For details, visit

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Paul Taylor Dance Company

Nano Stern

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Nano Stern

Arts in Action Performance Series Aquila Theatre: The Tempest

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 7 p.m. │ Kenan Auditorium

Described as “gleefully engaging” (The New York Times), Aquila Theatre presents a dynamic approach to Shakespeare’s famous play, The Tempest. Believed to be Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest is infused with magic, the supernatural and a heightened suspense. The story details the revenge efforts of Prospero, the Duke of Milan, who has been usurped and exiled by his own brother and is stranded on a mystical island with his daughter, Miranda. Hoping to restore his daughter to her rightful place, Prospero conjures a storm to shipwreck his brother and those who conspired against him. However, Miranda’s love of one of the conspirators complicates her relationship with Prospero just as retribution is finally within reach. With an ensemble of superb performers, the highly acclaimed British-American touring company brings its innovative style and dynamic physical approach to the famous magical tale of forgiveness and enlightenment. Above & Beyond Aquila Theatre will be in residence at UNCW, offering free master classes, workshops and lectures. For details, visit

Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 7 p.m. │ Kenan Auditorium

Described as a “savory dish of musical gumbo” (Deseret News), Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra have revitalized the jazz scene. Grammy Award-nominated artistic director, trumpeter and composer, Irvin Mayfield, formed the jazz orchestra when he discovered there was no institution solely committed to the jazz industry in the city that created it. Now the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is the most prominent representative of jazz culture. Their latest album, Book One on World Village, won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble. Their unrestrained, free-playing performances celebrate the unique musical experience that could have only originated in the birthplace of jazz.

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Blue13: Fire & Powder

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 7 p.m. │ Kenan Auditorium

With their modern, colorful energy and theatrical performances, Blue13 has been established as one of the world’s most innovative and unique dance troupes. Known for signature urban and Bollywood dance styles, Blue13’s Fire & Powder is an imaginative adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story bound to delight lovers of hip-hop, Bollywood and Shakespeare. Bollywood Montagues meet hip-hop Capulets in this playful dance theatre work filled with excitement, drama, love and tragedy. Featuring a live drum line and energetic Indian soundtrack, this show fuses Bollywood with Hollywood, remaining true to Indian heritage while maintaining a modern edge.

Above & Beyond Blue13 will be in residence at UNCW, offering free master classes, workshops and lectures. For details, visit

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Arts in Action Performance Series

Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7 p.m. │ Kenan Auditorium

The first full-scale Broadway production presented in Wilmington, the story of Jekyll & Hyde is brought to life in a pop-rock, powerhouse musical. A thrilling retelling of a groundbreaking book, Jekyll & Hyde explores the life of a brilliant doctor whose experiments create a murderous counterpart. This gothic-inspired production explores madness and murder, creating an entertaining commentary on human nature. With its smoky effects, soaring vocals and sweeping power ballads, this performance is a must-see. Summer 2014 │ 8

General Information

Four Ways to Order Tickets

Arts in Action Location and Parking. Arts in Action performances take place in Kenan Auditorium on the campus of UNCW. Kenan Auditorium is located on Randall Drive, adjacent to DeLoach Hall. Free parking is available on campus; the best locations are the parking lots located at Kenan Auditorium, DeLoach Hall and Kenan Hall.


Leadership Lecture Location and Parking. Leadership Lectures take place in Burney Center on the campus of UNCW. Burney Center is located on Price Drive, adjacent to the Warwick Center and Fisher Student Center. Free parking is available on campus; the best locations are the parking lots across the street from Burney Center in parking lot M and Warwick Center parking lot. Accessibility. Kenan Auditorium and Burney Center are accessible to people of all abilities. With advance notice, we will provide reasonable accommodations you may need. Please call Kenan Box Office (Kenan Auditorium) at 910.962.3500 or Campus Life Reservations (Burney Center) at 910.962.4150 for your specific needs. Seating Policy. All seats are reserved for Arts in Action performances in Kenan Auditorium; Leadership Lectures are general seating in Burney Center. Doors open approximately one-half hour before curtain time. As a courtesy to performers and audience members, latecomers will not be seated until a suitable pause in the program. Electronic Devices. Cameras and recorders of any kind are not allowed. Cell phones must be silenced or turned off. No cell phone usage during the performance. Miscellaneous. Parents should exercise discretion in deciding which events are appropriate for their children. No refunds on ticket purchases, unless event is cancelled. All events are subject to change. Tax Deductible Contribution. Please consider a contribution in support of UNCW Presents when you send in your ticket order. The price of your ticket covers only a portion of the cost of programming. Our primary financial support comes from the students of UNCW, and we do not receive state-appropriated operating funds. Your donation will help ensure the continued presentation of the highest caliber of performing artists and speakers in our community.

UNCW Presents, c/o Kenan Auditorium 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403-5966

Online Single tickets only. Season and Choose-Your-Own subscriptions must be ordered from Kenan Box Office. Phone

800.732.3643 or 910.962.3500 Mon-Fri, Noon-6 p.m. Visa/MasterCard orders only

In Person Lobby of Kenan Auditorium 601 S. College Rd., UNCW Campus Hours vary. See website for full listing. Season Subscriptions. Pay less, see more. Save 20% and receive the best seats in the house when you subscribe to the full Arts in Action season. Package includes six performances at Kenan auditorium plus a special discount to two Thalian Hall shows. Subscription renewals must be received by July 22, 2014. Choose-Your-0wn Series. Select 3 or more events using the Special Rate price column. Multiple tickets for one event do not count as separate events. CYO subscriptions are processed after season subscriptions, but before we process orders for single tickets. Single Tickets. You may order tickets for individual performances beginning August 20, 2014. Students. The student rate for Arts in Action ($5 per ticket) applies to UNCW, university, college and K-12 students. UNCW students may purchase up to 2 tickets at this price with a valid ID at Kenan Auditorium Box Office. UNCW Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Parents and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Members. Use the special rate price. UNCW faculty/staff members must present a valid campus ID at the time of purchase. UNCW Alumni Association members and parents of current UNCW students should use the special rate price. Senior Citizens and Groups. Use the special rate price if you are a senior citizen or if you are purchasing tickets for a group of 10 or more. Summer 2014 │ 9

Arts in Action Performance Series Arts in Action Performance Series Order Form Season tickets on sale July 1 • Single tickets on sale August 20

Season Subscription

All 6 events listed below. Save 20%

General Public $5 Discount UNCW Student _____@ $150 _____@ $120 _____@ $25

Totals $______ Subtotal 1 $______

Single Event Tickets Save $5 if you choose 3 or more events Date Performance General Public $5 Discount Student Totals 9/17 An Evening with Molly Ringwald _____@ $35 _____@ $30 _____@ $5 $ _____ 11/13 Cherry Poppin’ Daddies _____@ $30 _____@ $25 _____@ $5 $ _____ 2/3 Aquila Theatre: The Tempest _____@ $30 _____@ $25 _____@ $5 $ _____ 2/14 Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra _____@ $35 _____@ $30 _____@ $5 $ _____ 2/19 Blue13: Fire & Powder _____@ $25 _____@ $20 _____@ $5 $ _____ 3/18 Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde _____@ $35 _____@ $30 _____@ $5 $ _____ Subtotal 2 $ _____ Contact Information Name ____________________________________________________________________ + Subtotal 1$ _____ Address ___________________________________________________________________ Tax Deductible City _________________________________State__________ Zip_____________________ Contribution $ _____ Phone ___________________________________________________________________ Handling Fee $ + 1.00 Email____________________________________________________________________ TOTAL $_______ Season Subscribers __ I wish to retain 2013-14 seats (renew by July 22) Mail completed form to: __ I wish to change 2013-14 seats (renewing season subscribers only; renew by July 22) UNCW Presents Seating preference : ______ 601 S. College Rd. Payment Wilmington, NC 28403-5672 __ Visa __ MasterCard __ Check enclosed payable to: UNCW Presents or hand-deliver to Card #____________________________________________________ Exp Date ________ Kenan Auditorium Box Office CVV# (three digits on the back of the card) ____________ Signature_________________________________________________________________

Leadership Lecture Series Tickets


Wade Davis, former NFL player


Ernest Cline, author of the 2014-15 common reading Ready Player One


Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black

TICKETS General Public: $10 UNCW Students/Faculty/Staff: Free Sharky’s Box Office Fisher Student Center 910.962.4045

Leadership Lecture Series

Wade Davis

Ernest Cline

Former NFL player to LGBTQ Advocate

Author of the 2014-15 Common Reading Ready Player One

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 7 p.m. │ Burney Center Wade Davis is a nationally acclaimed speaker, activist, writer and educator. Davis was the first NFL football player to come out as gay, becoming an instant role model for the LGBTQ community. Davis is the Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination and homophobia in sports. He is the co-founder of the You Belong Initiative, a Youth Sports and Leadership camp for LGBTQ and straight allied youth. During the 2012 election, he served as an LGBTQ Surrogate for President Obama. He is currently a visiting professor at Rutgers University. His upcoming memoir—Interference— chronicles his struggles from growing up in a strict religious household to working and advocating for LGBTQ rights.

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 7 p.m. │ Burney Center The author of the 2014-15 Synergy Common Reading book Ready Player One, Ernest Cline is no stranger to the world of technology and video games. Self-described as the “Biggest Geek in History,” Cline’s childhood centered around comic books and sci-fi novels, Dungeons & Dragons and video arcades. A New York Times bestseller, Ready Player One takes the reader on a thrilling ride while providing a commentary on the relationship between people and technology. The book is scheduled to be adapted into a film. Additionally, Cline performs slam poetry, and his work is featured on NPR and CBC Radio.

Piper Kerman Author of the memoir Orange is the New Black Tuesday, March 3, 2015 7 p.m. │ Burney Center In the critically acclaimed memoir-turned Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman recounts the year she spent in a correctional facility, serving time for a crime she had committed 10 years prior. Kerman’s book is a compelling and moving conversation about the women she met while incarcerated, raising issues of friendship and family, codes of behavior and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison. Now, Kerman advocates for change in the prison system, speaking to groups that include federal probation officers, public defenders and formerly incarcerated people. In her lecture, Kerman will discuss her experience in a women’s prison and her advocacy for reform within these prison Summer 2014 │ 11 systems.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington


601 South College Road Wilmington , NC 28403-5993

Wilmingotn, NC Permit No. 444

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies │p. 4

Piper Kerman │p. 11

Blue13 Dance Company│p. 7

irvin mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra│p. 6

Paul Taylor Dance Company │p. 4

UNCW Presents 2014-15 Season  

Our trademark of excellence and eclecticism continues this season at UNCW with incredible performances including the work of the world’s mos...

UNCW Presents 2014-15 Season  

Our trademark of excellence and eclecticism continues this season at UNCW with incredible performances including the work of the world’s mos...