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Greetings from The Haid!

We quietly opened Anthony Clarvoe's The Living last week, to tiny audiences strictly from the campus community. Having hoped we might be able to welcome our full community of patrons, the pandemic concerns remain and restrictions are still in place for public gatherings, both from public health leaders and the college administration. While we continue to be mindful of safety precautions, we miss our patrons! Thanks to the playwright and rightsholders, we were able to obtain a license to make the play available online. 

Join us this weekend, for The Living - ONLINE, for FREE!
Okay, it might seem . . . odd. . . to do a play about a plague during a. . . plague, but this is truly where art imitates life. The Living, which director Simon Donoghue chose before COVID was even in our modern lexicon, really resonates with much of what we're all experiencing right now. Characters in this 1665 tale are having many of the same conversations we're having today. Make no mistake, these are thought-provoking and often sobering moments, and the historical aspects are certainly eye-opening. Much of what is presented in The Living mirrors a lot of what we're still talking about and experiencing today. It's affirming our current reality. And as strange as it may sound, in some ways it's actually comforting and validating. There are even moments of levity, as we acknowledge and identify with things like physical distancing and mask wearing.

The Cast and Production Staff of The Living rehearsed in masks, at appropriate physical distances from one another. While we have had to make adjustments to our season what seems like every other day, this show somewhat providentially lends itself to being presented at this strange time in our history. We are grateful for the opportunity for our student and local actors to maintain and provide some sense of normalcy, which is so very important right now. And thanks to the wonders of technology, we can connect with those beyond campus and capacity limits, which is much-needed as well.

Click HERE to learn more about the show and sign up for The Living - ONLINE. 

Click HERE for the playbill. Be sure and read director Simon Donoghue's introduction to the play and learn more about the actors. 

Once signed up, you will receive an email confirming your registration.

Once the show is available online, you will receive a second email with a direct link to view the entire play.
Christopher Donoghue, the son of Simon and Debbie Donoghue, is an actor based in Los Angeles. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, he came home to NC, and with his industry all but shuttered, he decided to stay here for a while. We don't know how long we'll have him in our midst, but we are grateful for him sharing his gifts and talents with us on The Haid stage. Last week, he wrote this:

I thought I’d take a moment to talk about this very important thing I’ve been working on with friends. Tonight, The Living opens at The Haid Theatre on the campus of Belmont Abbey College. The play is not open to the public, only to BAC students, faculty, and staff. It will be online next weekend so you can enjoy it as well. The play is about the plague of 1665. It was chosen long before COVID-19 was tearing through our communities. It was actually written as an allegory for the AIDS epidemic, but so much of it is applicable to what we are experiencing now. I was first introduced to the play in 2002 as a student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. It instantly became one of my favorite shows, and I have waited 18 years to be able to perform in it. 

It has been over five years since I performed on stage; six years since I performed at the Abbey. I had lost my love of the work. I had lost part of myself. I truly did not understand how much being a performing artist is essential to who I am. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to not only get to perform in this show, but especially at this time. I want to thank my fellow castmates and crew for all their continued hard work. I want to thank my dad, for doing this show and letting me be a part of it. 

Most of you will have no idea what it means to be on stage at a time like this. I’ll just say that it gives me hope. No matter what obstacles are put in our lives, art always survives. My performance in this show is dedicated to all those effected by COVID-19.

“We learned what holds the world together, in the plague.”
 
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