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Theatre Young Harris to Present Comedic Drama “The Aliens”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Theatre Young Harris will present “The Aliens,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker, as part of its Studio Series on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. The play is free and open to the public.

“Annie Baker’s plays are known for their reflection of modern American youth with all their bravado, self-doubt, and awkwardness,” said Chair of the Theatre Department and Assistant Professor of Theatre Anne Towns. “Audiences can expect to see a passion project from the students involved, who feel a deep connection to the play’s characters and themes.”

“The Aliens” is about friendship, art, love and death, and features two angry young men behind a Vermont coffee shop. While discussing music and Bukowski, a lonely high-school student arrives on the scene, and they decide to teach him everything they know. This performance is recommended for mature audiences only.

The production is directed by junior theatre major Jillianne McCarson of Young Harris, Ga., and features senior business and public policy major Tucker Emmert of Hiawassee, Ga., as Evan, senior theatre major Ben March of Blairsville, Ga., as KJ, and senior theatre major Brandon Helton of Dahlonega, Ga., as Jasper.

“I chose ‘The Aliens’ because it made me laugh, almost made me cry and it really hit all of the points that I enjoy in theatre,” said McCarson. “I am so grateful that the department gave me the opportunity to direct this play.”

Theatre Young Harris is a performing arts organization of the College. Each season, the theatre company presents a full lineup of notable productions, including full-length musicals, innovative dramas, classic plays, children’s shows and more. Auditions are open to YHC students, faculty and staff as well as the community.

Individual show tickets for the 2015-2016 Mainstage Series are available by phone at (706) 379-4307, online at, or in person through the YHC Box Office located in Goolsby Center that opens two weeks prior to Mainstage opening nights on Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,200 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. In 2014, the College was granted active membership in NCAA Division II and is a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2015-2016 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

Studio Series Poster

Theatre Young Harris will present comedic drama “The Aliens” as part of its Studio Series on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10.