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Playmakers’ History Will Be Topic of April 8 Lecture


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A Model for Folk Theatre: The Carolina Playmakers
Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m. Exhibition Viewing | North Carolina Collection Gallery
5:30 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information:  Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

When Frederick “Proff” Koch arrived at the University of North Carolina in 1918 to teach the school’s first course in playwriting, he also established the Carolina Playmakers. In the following decades, this troupe of students, faculty, and community members helped to define American folk drama.

UNC University Historian Cecelia Moore will discuss the Carolina Playmakers’ influence on regional theater and college drama during the 1930s in a free public lecture April 8 in the Wilson Special Collections Library. Her talk, “A Model for Folk Theatre: The Carolina Playmakers,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. It is the 2014 Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture.

Beginning at 5 p.m., attendees can visit the exhibition Making a People’s Theatre: Proff Koch and the Carolina Playmakers, on view in the North Carolina Collection Gallery of Wilson Library through May 31.

The exhibition uses photographs, costumes, artifacts, playbills, and original documents to tell the history of the group that helped to produce such literary and dramatic greats as Thomas Wolfe, Paul and Elizabeth Green, Jonathan Daniels, and Andy Griffith.

Moore earned her Ph.D. in American History at UNC in 2013. She also serves as Special Assistant to the Chancellor.

The Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture honors the late Coates, an avid university historian. She and her husband, Albert Coates, founded UNC’s Institute of Government, now the UNC School of Government.

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