The Berry College Theatre Company and Fine Arts Department present "Genius," a world-premiere play centering on Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and the writers, painters, composers, politicians who were associated with one another in the early 20th century.
The show runs Nov. 7-17. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as an earlier show at 2 p.m. Nov. 17.
In addition to Stein and Toklas, characters include Stein's brother Leo, Pablo Picasso and his wives and mistresses, Georges Braque, Joan Miro, Ernest Hemingway and his wives, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and other luminaries of the time.
Using simple costume changes, an eight-member all-women cast plays all the roles, male and female. The script was written by Jan Lewis and Robert Fieldsteel and directed by Lewis for the Berry College premiere. Lewis is associate professor and chair of theatre at Wesleyan College in Macon, where Fieldsteel is artist-in-residence, playwriting.
The cast consists of senior Ashley Harzog, sophomore Heather Pharis, and the following freshmen performers - Deanna Cunnigham, Tessa Howard, Emilee Burroughs, Hope Beebe, Miranda Flack, and Stephanie Scwartz.
Warning, the play contains strong language. Call the box office to reserve tickets now at 706-236-2263. Student tickets are $5 and general public is $10.