Columbus State Theatre to Stage Prize-Winning Play

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre will stage the prize-winning play Fly Over Land Friday and Saturday, June 5-6, in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Curtain times both evenings is 7:30 p.m.

Adjunct professor Haley Rice directs a CSU student cast in the premiere of Rhonda Carlson’s dark comedy, winner of the 2008 Larry Corse Prize for Playwriting. The CSU-hosted competition drew 300-plus entries worldwide.

The play is billed as “one woman’s struggle out of a surreal post-surgery recovery” and addresses “the overwhelming pain and sense of loss that accompanies it as the ineffable, healing power of the arts is set against the traditional roles of religion, psychology and medicine.”

Carlson, of Portland, Maine, said the story is loosely based on her experience with the painful spinal cord condition, Syringomyelia. She has served as a director, music director and conductor around the United States. She has taught theater and music theater at The Boston Conservatory and currently teaches in the theater program at the University of Southern Maine. As a composer and playwright, she has written for independent films and books-on-tape, and has received critical acclaim for her musical, Dear Emma.

Rice is known to Columbus theatergoers from roles in such Springer Theatre productions as A Member of the Wedding and Enchanted April, as well as several Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theatre productions at the Marriott in downtown Columbus.

Tickets for Fly Over Land are $6 and go on sale Monday, June 1. For more information, call the CSU Theatre on the Park box office at 706-507-8444.