GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jo Hall, associate professor of theatre at Greensboro College, will star as President Jimmy Carter in Charlotte’s Off-Broadway’s production of “Confidence (and the Speech)” Sept. 6-8 and 13-15 at the Duke Energy Theatre in Charlotte.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $32 at the door and may be ordered at 704-372-1000 or online at https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/confidence-and-the-speech. The Sept. 6 performance is “pay what you can.”
The Sept. 13 performance will be followed by a talk-back with the cast and guests.
The play, written by Susan Lambert Hatem, focuses on Carter’s 1979 “Crisis of Confidence” speech, which some historians have hailed as bold and farsighted and others have said cost Carter the presidency.
Forty years later, Carter staffer Cynthia Cooper, now a college professor, is approached by a stranger, a young man, and asked to recall her time with the Carter Administration during the days before the speech.
If she is going to tell her story of that time – the story told from her perspective – she is going to play the President. And the young man who wants to know her story? He is going to play her. This unique cross-gender play explores the confidence of a president, a nation in chaos and women in politics.
Hall holds a B.A. from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. and an M.F.A. from Louisiana State University. She joined the Greensboro College faculty in 2011.
Greensboro College’s Department of Theatre seeks to provide a strong foundation in theatre while allowing the student to emphasize in a particular area such as directing, acting, or arts administration.
The coursework is integrated with the production work to provide a better understanding of the many facets of the theatre. Required participation on stage or backstage on all theatre productions allows the techniques and theories that are examined in the classroom and the laboratory to be tested in a performance setting.
For more information on the program, contact David Schram, department chair and Jefferson Pilot Professor of Theatre, at 336-272-7102, ext. 5243, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.
Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and six master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 18-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities.
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