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Series of Performances to Light Up the Stage at RWU Performing Arts Center in March

Free performance by renowned dance group Hilary Easton + Company will highlight the series of theatre and dance productions

In continuation of the 25th anniversary celebration of the University’s The Barn Performing Arts Center, Roger Williams University will host a series of theatre and dance performances in February and March that will showcase the talents of both RWU students and professional performers. Among the series highlights is a free performance by the Hilary Easton + Company, a New York City-based experimental dance group.

The series will kick-off with “The Beaux’ Stratagem” theatre production Feb. 24 to March 3. Written by George Farquhar and directed by RWU Professor of Theatre Peter Wright, the 18th century comedy tells the story of two young men who have fallen on hard times and plan to travel through the English countryside stealing the hearts and money of young heiresses.

Next, a special performance by the Hilary Easton + Company dance group will take place on March 5. Often praised for its wit and spark, the experimental contemporary dance company will perform “Light and Shade,” an evening-length duet for Emily Pope-Blackman and Michael Ingle investigating the nature and confines of intimacy. The program is part of the University’s Alive! Arts Series, created to support performing arts within the greater RWU community through a succession of free performances by nationally-known artists.

The annual Junior/Senior Dance Concert, which features original works by junior and senior dance and performance studies majors, will take place on March 7 and 8.

“The Beaux’ Stratagem” Theatre Performance:             
February 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.; February 26 at 2:00 p.m.; March 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.
General admission $10; Students and seniors $5

Hilary Easton + Company Dance Performance:
March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Free event

Junior/Senior Dance Concert:                                                    
March 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.
General admission $5; Students and seniors $3

All performances are open to the public and will take place at The Barn Performing Arts Center located on Roger Williams University’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. For more information, call the Performing Arts Center at 401-254-3626.

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