'The Lost Colony' raises curtain on 82nd season

The award-winning symphonic play, "The Lost Colony," was penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, a native of North Carolina, and commemorates Sir Walter Raleigh’s doomed colony on Roanoke Island, the first English settlement in North America.

The 82nd Season of The Lost Colony opens to the public May 31. The 2019 season, presented by PNC, is under the direction of Ira David Wood, III who is returning for his seventh season as director.

The award-winning symphonic play was penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, a native of North Carolina, and commemorates Sir Walter Raleigh’s doomed colony on Roanoke Island, the first English settlement in North America.

The play made its debut before a sold out crowd on July 4, 1937. It was intended to be a one-summer run, but after President Franklin D. Roosevelt attended a performance on August 18, 1937, its future was brighter than anyone expected.

In 2013, “The Lost Colony” was awarded a special Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre by the American Theatre Wing. After eight decades, it’s still going strong.

Returning members of the 82nd season include: Tony award-winning production designer William Ivey Long, Robert Midgette as fight director, Joshua Allen as lighting designer, McCrae Hardy as music director and Pam Atha as choreographer.

"The Lost Colony"production continues several traditions in 2019 including its “Dare Nights” performances for the residents of Dare County set for June 7, 14 and 21. Dare County residents are encouraged to attend the performance – while continuing to help the Outer Banks food pantries. Admission to the Dare Night performances is free for Dare County residents who attend and bring at least two can goods or two dry goods as a donation for the Outer Banks food pantries.

For tickets to all performances, visit thelostcolony.org.

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