Monday, June 15, 2009

Paul Green and "The Lost Colony"

Paul Green (1894-1981) grew up in Harnett County, N.C., and spent much of his adult life split between it and Chapel Hill, N.C. This playwright and teacher won the Pulitzer Prize in 1927 for his play, In Abraham’s Bosom. Green attended Buies Creek Academy, now Campbell University, before studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For North Carolinians, history buffs and visitors of the Outer Banks, Green is better known for writing The Lost Colony, an outdoor drama on Roanoke Island that has been performed every summer since 1937. It is the country’s longest-running outdoor drama.

Millions of people have seen the play during its run. The home of The Lost Colony, Waterside Theatre, is located on the site where the English settled in 1587.

Nearly two years ago, a fire at the theatre destroyed the costume shop, which housed 70 years of costumes, fabric, notes and other items. Costume designers recreated over 1,000 outfits in just a few months to prepare for the 2008 season.

The 72nd production season has just started and will run nightly Monday through Saturday until August 20.

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