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“Echoes of the War” opens the Barton Theatre season

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Theatre at Barton opens its 2017-18 season with a special presentation of J.M. Barrie’s “Echoes of the War,” as a centennial anniversary tribute to the service men and women of World War I. The two performances, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m., will be held in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus.

“When Barton College was chosen as the host site for a collaborative World War I symposium with the North Carolina Office of Archives & History, we began searching for connections between that high-profile event and our theatre programming on campus,” explained Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton. “The upcoming ‘Returning Over There: North Carolina and World War I’ Symposium offers a wonderful opportunity for cross-discipline research and discovery that serves as a springboard for our students, while engaging our audiences with high-caliber, provocative drama.

“World War I certainly has its share of plays and time-honored epics, but in searching the archives, we discovered an unexpected and delightful gem by renowned playwright and novelist, J.M. Barrie, of Peter Pan fame,” continued Twiss. “Barrie wrote a collection of short one-act plays that he titled, ‘Echoes of the War.’ These inspirational reflections on war and its toll on the human condition are heart-wrenching, touching, witty, and dare I say…sassy; a combination rarely found together, and one that showcases a master at his best.”

Twiss added that the Theatre at Barton is excited to offer this rarely performed collection of beautiful short plays in memory of those who fought for freedom and justice in World War I, and as tribute to those who continue that fight today.

Tickets will be sold at the door and online at barton.edu/theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military and alumni, $6 for non-Barton students, and free of charge for Barton students, faculty, and staff. Seating is limited. For more information about the presentation or for group tickets, contact Adam Twiss at 252-399-6484 or ajtwiss@barton.edu.

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