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  "Night Music" by David Brendan, Hopes winner of the 23rd North Carolina New Play Project presented by The Drama Center of City Arts.

Night Music poster - click for a larger version! The Drama Center of City Arts has chosen “Night Music,” by David Brendan Hopes, as the winner of the 2017 New Play Project and the prestigious Mark Gilbert Award. The play will be the opening performance of the 15th Annual Greensboro Fringe Festival at 8 pm, January 19-22, 2017, and 2 pm, January 24, 2017, in the Stephen D. Hyers Theater at the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St. Admission is free. A $10 donation is suggested.

This is Hopes’ second time being named the winner of the New Play Project. He also earned this distinciton for “Saint Patrick’s Well,” which was produced in Greensboro in 2002. “Night Music” is a coming-of-age story about a pair of boyhood friends -- the intense, intellectual Cleve, and easy-going, athletic Jesse. As the pair take a camping trip in the mountains, young Philomela watches the play of their flashlights in the forest, and imagines she is seeing the love of her life. She is – but which one? It’s a story of growing up and the rough choices that need to be made.

Hopes is a professor at UNC Asheville and an award-winning playwright, whose plays have been performed in theaters in the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Hopes penned the plays “Washington Place,” “The Loves of Mr. Lincoln,” “Edward the King,” “Brozino’s Gaze,” “Anna Livia, Lucky in Her Bridges,” and “Saint Patrick’s Well.” “Washington Place,” was named best production of 2015 by Mountain Xpress. “Anna Livia” won an Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship and was named best original script by the Desert Star.

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David Brendan Hopes’s play Washington Place was a Mainstage feature at the Great Plains Theater Conference last summer, and was give its premiere full production by Asheville’s Magnetic Theater. It was named “best production of 2015" by local arts publication Mountain Xpress. The Loves of Mr. Lincoln, opened at the June Havoc theater last summer to terrific reviews, from everybody from the Times to the audience on their feet at curtain. It is the first part of a trilogy of Lincoln plays. Hopes’s Edward the King opened Gayfest NYC at the TBG Art Center in New York in the following May, after having been, as a staged reading, the hit of GayFest the previous summer. Bronzino’s Gaze was selected for a reading at Houston’s Wordsmyth Theater, and The Beautiful Johanna ran at the North Carolina Stage Company as part of the Catalyst Series. Anna Livia, Lucky in Her Bridges opened the season for Chicago’s Bailiwick Theater. Anna Livia also won an Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship and was premiered at Palm Springs’ Thorn Theater, where it won a Desert Star prize for “Best Original Script.” Hopes’s work has enjoyed productions across the USA and in the UK and Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Well was a previous winner of the New Play Project, and was produced in Greensboro on this stage in 2002.

Todd Fisher is an Actor, Director, Dancer, Writer, Producer, Lighting Designer, Home Brewer, and if it’s your birthday-Singer. A graduate of UNCG he has worked with the SITI Company, John Gamble Dance Theater, Artistic Director of the Informall Theater Company and Greensboro Fringe Festival. He is the current Director of the Drama Center. He’d like to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to this production.

James Downs is an experienced performer with professional hopes. He is thankful to be a part of the Fringe Festival and his second show with the Drama Center. His other credits include the Barn Dinner Theatre and the Theatre Guild of Rockingham County. He is grateful to his family and friends for their stalwart support.

Joshua Johnson – (Jesse) is a newcomer to Greensboro after moving from Raleigh to attend the Theatre Program at UNCG. You may have seen him recently in NRACT's Regional Premiere of Heathers: The Musical or in RLT's production of Frog and Toad. Other notable roles include NRACT’s productions of The Wild Party, and the Regional Premiere of Carrie: The Musical to name a few. He would like to thank Craig and Shawn for their continued support. In addition, he would like to thank his boyfriend Josh for being supportive and encouraging of his artistic endeavors and a loving partner.

Tori Stern (Phil) is a high school theatre arts teacher at Cornerstone Charter Academy. She is also the youth theatre director at St. Pius X Catholic School and is currently working on Aladdin with her middle schoolers (shameless plug). She acts professionally with Shared Radiance Performing Arts Company in various Shakespeare productions including the Shakescollage School Tour. She also teaches and directs at the Drama Center. She was recently seen in Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia) and the Drama Center's production of Bad Seed (Christine). She'd like to thank Todd one million times and sends stage hugs to her costars Josh and James. Love to her husband Hammer and son Pavel.

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Welcome to The 15th Annual Greensboro Fringe Festival, January 19th - February 6th 2017. Entry to all shows is a suggested donation of $10 unless otherwise stated. Entry to all Fringe Events is First come First serve unless otherwise noted. No reservations will be accepted.

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Todd Fisher, 336.549.7431

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