April 20, 2009
Lees-McRae Performing Arts to perform The Love of the Nightingale

Lees-McRae College Performing Arts will perform The Love of the Nightingale by British playwright Timberlake Wertenbacher. This production is will begin Friday, April 24 and run through Monday, April 27. Nightingale is a re-visioning of the Greek myth of Philomele and Procne, two Athenian sisters. While the play deals with an ancient myth, it is by no means a story without meaning for today's audience.

In the play, the sisters are separated by Procne's marriage to a military commander from a distant land. In the course of events, Philomele is silenced both physically and mentally by acts of violence that are carried out in the name of love. The responsibility of onlookers in tragedy is explored through a traditional chorus that commentates throughout the production. While the sisters are reunited through a magical ending, there are no easy answers given for questions of justice and accountability.

The production team for Nightingale includes Dr. Tessa Carr as director, Dr. Michael Hannah as costume designer, Chris Carr as set designer, Danielle Curtis as lighting designer, and Jason Pickering as sound designer. Together they have created a world situated somewhere between the past and the future with elements that blend ancient traditions with modern twists.

For the Love of the Nightingale opens on Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium in Banner Elk, North Carolina on the campus of Lees-McRae College and runs through April 27 with daily shows at 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m.

There is no box office daily or weekly. Please arrive early to purchase tickets the night of the show. There is no reserved seating. For more information, visit the Lees-McRae website at, call (828) 898-8709 for an automated message system, or email

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