Monday, September 20, 2010

Need a Break From Classes and Studying?

SMASH is Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s comic novel "An Unsocial Socialist." It’s a story about a young man with a dreadful moral dilemma. He is newly wedded and filthy rich, with everything life could possibly offer.

So what’s his problem? He’s a socialist. Naturally he has no choice but to throw it all away and join the working classes. To fulfill his naïve and misguided attempt to subvert the British government, he goes to an Edwardian boarding school for young ladies disguised as a handyman. When his divorced wife turned capitalist returns, then the fun begins!

Immediately following the Sept. 24 production, the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism invites you to join us for a panel discussion as we explore the questions raised in the play: How do capitalism and socialism each strive to achieve the common good? What are the core values of each? How can we understand these two competing approaches (especially in our partisan, polarized culture, with its instant-perpetual news cycle)? In practice can either capitalism or socialism exist in its pure form? Can we successfully anticipate the unknowns? How can we find our way to "the best" common good?

Join the conversation as Hatcher, Schools of Business Strategy Professor Pat Dickson, and Department of Sociology Professor Ian Taplin lead us through this timely and often misunderstood hot-button topic. Coffee and delicious deserts will be served! The production will begin at 7:30 pm at the Scales Fine Arts Center.

SMASH performances are also Sept. 22, 23 and 25 at 7:30 pm and Sept. 26 at 2 pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Theatre Box Office at 758-5295.

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