Hot Dates: Shakespeare and Cervantes, the rising sea, ‘Detroit,’ and ‘come on down’

Shakespeare and Cervantes presented live – and recorded: Tuesday, McKnight Hall on UNC Charlotte campus, 7 to 9 p.m.: Last summer, UNCC students studying in England created an innovative theater production weaving the works of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes to explore diversity, theatrical production and writing, language and history.

They collaborated with students from Kingston University, British professionals and a UNCC scholar to combine versions of Shakespeare’s “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” and Cervantes’ “The Sultan’s Queen.”

The UNCC College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Office of International Programs and Department of Languages and Culture Studies – along with the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund, are the event’s co-sponsors.

“People think that diversity, hybridization and intercultural issues are new,” said Spanish professor Maryrica Ortiz Lottman, who researches early modern Hispanic literature and culture. “That is what Cervantes was talking about. We can represent those topics and discuss them in a really open and impactful way.”

The performance is free and open to the public. A Q&A session will follow with a student/faculty panel.

Big week upcoming in local arts

Wednesday: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte opens its production of “Detroit,” award-winning playwright Lisa D’Amour’s dark comedy about an unemployed man, his high-living wife and neighbors who turn their world upside-down. The local premiere starts multiple performances of the play. “Detroit” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2011 and won an Obie Award for best play in 2013. Details, click here.

Thursday: Belk Theater: The Charlotte Symphony puts on one of its rare three-performance weekends, starting Thursday. Pianist Yulianna Avdeeva is set to play Frédéric Chopin's Concerto No. 2; the orchestra also performs Jean Sibelius' Fifth Symphony (a highlight of this season) and Georges Bizet's Suite No. 1 from "Carmen."

Also on Thursday, the Charlotte Ballet performs its last program of the season at Knight Theater. Called “Contemporary Fusion,” it offers Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s “Danses Brillantes,” Mark Godden’s “Angles in the Architecture” and a world premiere by choreographer-in-residence Dwight Rhoden. Details, click here.

Friday: Ovens Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., “The Price is Right,” The interactive stage show based on the TV game gives audience members a chance to win including appliances, vacations and maybe even a new car. So “come on down” for a chance to win. Details, click here.

Friday: Opening at a theater near you: “The Age of Adaline,” the story of a young woman (Blake Lively) born at the turn of the 20th century who is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality for.

“Ex Machina” stars Oscar Isaac as a genius who invents a synthetic woman who can think for herself and he throws her into an experiment with an assistant.

“The Water Diviner” stars Russell Crowe as an Australian man who travels to Turkey after the WW1 battle of Gallipoli to locate his missing sons.

Staff writer Lawrence Toppman contributed.

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