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NOCCA Drama presents historical production
OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD
Nims Black Box Theatre · NOCCA · 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans
Co-directed by Theatre Arts faculty members Amy Holtcamp & Silas Cooper, the NOCCA Drama Division presents Our Country’s Good with performances nightly, January 23-25, 7 PM, in the Nims Black Box Theatre at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans.
Our Country’s Good is a historical drama by Timberlake Wertenbaker, based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally (author of Schindler’s List). The play tells the true story of a group of British convicts and their guards, transported to Australia in 1788. Faced with brutal conditions and shattered spirits, one British marine lieutenant embarks on the unlikely endeavor of producing a play.
In describing Our Country’s Good, co-director Amy Holtcamp explains, “This play speaks to something that I know to be true: that art can change people. The convicts in this play are changed forever - not through a prison sentence, the lash of a whip, or even by their being exiled from their homeland - but by learning to exercise their imaginations.”
NOCCA's Drama division is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).
The NOCCA Institute
The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is a world-class educational institution that has been changing the lives of young people since 1973. Every year, this professional arts training center provides intensive instruction in Classical Music, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Dance, Drama, Jazz, Media Arts, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design, Vocal Music, Visual Arts, and academics to students from public, private, and parochial schools across Louisiana. Students attend via schoolday, after-school, weekend, and summer sessions. Admission to NOCCA is by audition, and there is no tuition.
The NOCCA Institute provides supplemental funding for NOCCA students and advocacy for NOCCA’s world-class program. Some of the Institute’s more notable endeavors include: a year-round Financial Aid Program, an Artists-in-Residence Program, capital campaigns for NOCCA’s state-of-the-art campus, and numerous arts programs for the general public.