Fine Arts Hosts Spring Production

Posted on: April 6, 2011

The TWC Department of Fine Arts presents Family Portraits: A Tennessee Wesleyan Collage

"Family Portraits: A Tennessee Wesleyan Collage," the third installment of the TWC Fine Arts Department's popular "Works in Progress" production series, opens Thursday, April 7.

The show again features original stories created and performed by TWC students, as well as original music written especially for the production.

"These are all true stories running the gamut of experience," according to Dr. Eric Love, TWC professor of dramatic arts and director of the play. "Some are stories ranging from tragedy to triumph, while others are just outrageously funny."

Last year's "Works in Progress" stories focused on the theme of survival. This year, the stories all deal with family - whether by blood or an even tighter bond.

"Some stories are very humorous, while others are quite tragic and even graphic. There's one involving a shooting of a friend, while another watches a child come to America in the middle of the night through desert and across the Rio Grande," Love said. "It's a tapestry of stories about family and friends woven together into a single performance to celebrate the people we love."

The production gives the students an opportunity to share their own ideas with the community.

"All of our students have a voice, and this gives them an outlet to express it," Love said. "These are really compelling stories and a nice representation of voices -¬ voices of different types of students - on campus. It's good to hear what they have to say."

Love added each story was told by a student to the actors, with some actors sharing their own stories.

"There is no script," he said. "This was all created and learned through the oral tradition, which gives it a unique feel."

"Family Portraits: A Tennessee Wesleyan Collage" opens Thursday, April 7, with shows following on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. Shows will continue the following Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 14, 15 and 16.

All shows will be held at 8 p.m. in the OnStage Theater in Townsend Hall, located adjacent to the college's main quadrangle on College Street in Downtown Athens.

With the show featuring some adult content, it is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Tickets are $5 each for audience members of all ages. TWC students, faculty, staff and alumni will be admitted at no charge.

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Love at 252-1125 or e-mail

Written by: Greg Moses, Community Life Editor, Daily Post Athenian