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NWF State College Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division Presents: Uptown 1.0
March 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until March 16, 2019
Uptown 1.0 is the third play brought to the Northwest Florida State College stage by James Clinton. Part psychological thriller and part revenge tragedy, the play is inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet and takes place sometime in the near future of New York City in the headquarters of the corporation, CyberCom, International. The social hierarchy of New York City has developed into the corporate rich, in slang known as the Genteels, and the poorer classes, known as Citizens. The genteels live in upscale Uptown, built as an entire level above Old New York. The Citizens live around the lower level area of Central Park. This area has been renamed the Inner City and consists of the crime syndicates. Another group of New Yorkers lives on the periphery around the island. This area, known as Zero Ground, is the entertainment and red light districts. Those from Zero Ground are called Groundlings. Zero Ground is where the Genteels and Citizens find themselves coming together. The difference between the Genteels, Citizens, and Groundlings are not necessarily in terms of money but in lifestyle. There are plenty of wealthy Citizens and Groundlings. The difference is how their wealth is amassed.
The story finds Michelle Lemay mourning the death of her mother, Michelle Lemay the Older, founder and CEO of CyberCom, who died three months earlier. Michelle is disgusted by the marriage of her newly widowed father, Robert Lemay, to her Aunt Claudia, who now runs CyberCom.
Shortly thereafter, an image, in the likeness of Michelle the Older, appears on the security monitors to guards on the night watch. The guards call in Michelle’s good friend and CyberCom’s lead programmer, Hypatia Esterhaus, to analyze the image. When prompted, the image demands to communicate with Michelle the Younger. What Michelle learns from the image leads her on a journey to discover the truth of her mother’s death and save the world from a sinister plot that could upend the power balances of the world.
Previous James Clinton plays produced by NWF State College are Tales of Airn and The Third Side. Show dates for Uptown 1.0 are March 13 – 16, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are general admission and are $10 for both adult and youth.