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UGA Alumni Stage "Brighter Than the Sun" Off-Broadway


In 2022, Theatre undergraduate Collin Hendley was named the recipient of the Department of Theatre & Film Studies' annual New Georgia Group Grant, funded by a contingent of alumni to bolster original theatrical works. The play at the center of that grant, an original musical called Brighter Than the Sun, is now running Off-Broadway at the Chain Theatre on 312 West 36 Street in New York, NY.

Brighter Than the Sun features features an array of UGA Theatre & Film Studies alum. Caroline Leggett (A.B. Theatre, 2023) serves as director, a role she previously filled during the shows initial run in the Cellar Theatre of the Fine Arts Building. Hannah Grace Laughlin (A.B. Theatre, 2023) serves as co-producer and Emma Ruth Mathews (A.B. Theatre, 2020) serves as choreographer as well as ensemble member and swing. 

From their website: 

"Brighter Than the Sun" is an autobiographical musical that delves into the poignant relationship between a young man and his grandmother, both hailing from South Georgia. Their parallel journeys through life form the heart of this narrative, offering a simple yet profoundly evocative exploration of shattered dreams, the bonds of family, and the perpetual cycles of birth and mortality that define every human story.

At its core, this show celebrates sisterhood and female friendship, anchored by three resilient yet multifaceted women. Collin, our narrator and protagonist, finds himself looking for comfort in their separate stories and strength. The script intricately weaves the threads of lineage and identity. Collin draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of his extended family to connect his lineage and hometown to his own evolving identity. As he rediscovers his love for his roots and himself, the characters undergo similar trials and epiphanies.

Brighter Than the Sun opens January 9 and runs until January 21. For more information on tickets, showtimes, and the creative team, visit the production's website

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