Montgomery College Theatre Season Opens with Home Front by James Duff

Published on: September 24, 2007

Home Front by James Duff is the first production of the Montgomery College’s 2007-2008 theatre season. This production will be performed Thursday and Friday, October 11-12 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 13, at both 2 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., all on the Mainstage (Building D theatre). Home Front is a riveting drama that blends comedy and tragedy as it illuminates the dilemma of a middle-class Texas family unable to comprehend and deal with the deep-seated disaffection of their Vietnam veteran son.

Chase Waites, director for Home Front, selected this production as a participating entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, as well as MC’s season opener, due to its comedic and personal reflections.

“The play is about everything we all love and hate about family togetherness during the holidays,” said Waites. “At the same time, Home Front encourages reflection on the lasting effects war can have on those who fought for their lives as well as the effects on the loved ones they come home to.”

Audience members will be surprised by the emotional range of this performance, which is produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.
 
Home Front was described as “...an extraordinary piece of work, a major event of any theatre season” by the New York Daily News.

“It's quite funny and powerfully dramatic,” Waites added. “This play will challenge our student actors and encourage them to delve deeply into character exploration."

Students will have the opportunity to take these harnessed talents and perform in front of their peers at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) in October.

As a participating entry in KC/ACTF, students will be critiqued on their craft and the production, attend a variety of theatre workshops and network with other theatre students from universities and community colleges.

Through state, regional, and national festivals, KC/ACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. KC/ACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.

Montgomery College students will have the option to contribute on stage and off stage in a variety of productions this season. The theatre season will also include Noises Off by Michael Frayn, two separate Actors Workshop productions, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical, with music and lyrics by David Nehls and book by Betsy Kelso. The 2007-08 season is balanced with drama, comedy, music and contemporary productions.

All productions will take place on the Mainstage theatre (Building D). Ticket prices are $10 for general admission; $7 for seniors; and $5 for students, faculty and staff.

This play is intended for mature audiences only, as it contains adult language and adult situations.

Additional information regarding the theatre department at Montgomery College is located online at theatre.montgomery-college.com. Call now for ticket reservations and discount tickets. To find out more about theatre productions or sponsoring the next theatre production, contact Amy Cooper at 936.273.7021 or e-mail amy.f.cooper@lonestar.edu.

Montgomery College is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000.

North Harris Montgomery Community College District, among the largest and fastest-growing community colleges in Texas, comprises North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College, Montgomery College, Cy-Fair College, six satellite centers and The University Center.