Great writing and Hollins have been synonymous for decades, even before the highly acclaimed graduate program in creative writing officially began in 1960. Now, Hollins Theatre celebrates this literary tradition with the Legacy Series, showcasing dynamic plays, musicals, and original theatre pieces based on important works by Hollins most recognized writers.
In 2011, Five Stars and a Moon launched the series: five productions spotlighting six world-renowned authors. These exciting performances were created by talented Hollins students, faculty, and professional guest artists, and showcased the work of Margaret Wise Brown ’32 with her modern classic Goodnight Moon; Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey ’60 with the international bestseller A Woman Of Independent Means; Lee Smith ’67 and Jill McCorkle M.A. ’81, two of the South’s most admired writers, with their musical Good ‘Ol Girls; the new U.S. poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey M.A. ’91, with our original adaptation of her beautiful poem cycle, Bellocq’s Ophelia; and Pulitzer Prize Winner Annie Dillard with The Annie Dillard Project.
And the legacy continues, with theatrical works featuring other renowned Hollins writers as well as rising stars.