Theatre UAB's "Women of War"

Theatre UAB presents student and professor’s original play, “Women of War" Nov. 19-22

Alumna Rebecca Harper will direct a new play, “Women of War,” Nov. 19-22 by the UAB Department of Theatre.

This original work, compiled and written by Harper and Professor of Theatre Karla Koskinen, MFA, explores the complexities of the human impulse to engage in warfare and the determination and strength needed to recover. Through music, dance and text, this compelling piece presents the perspectives of both victor and victim as they examine the causes and effects of war. Touching on such subjects as post-traumatic stress, loss of homeland, survival and defeat, “Women of War” examines the male and female experience.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-21, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. This play contains adult themes. General admission tickets are $15, $6 for students, and $10 for UAB employees and senior citizens. For tickets, call 205-975-2787 or visit Theatre UAB online at

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Eric Essix

Eric Essix presents holiday jazz show with members of 5 Men on a Stool Dec. 7

In a new show just announced by UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the city’s own Eric Essix will perform a jazzy holiday show Sunday, Dec. 7, with Atlanta-based group 5 Men on a Stool.

“Holiday Soul” will feature a soulful collection of songs of the season. No strangers to the Alys Stephens Center and Birmingham, 5 Men on a Stool shared the stage with Essix in 2013 as part of his “Evolution” concert, and together they have played venues throughout the U.S. performing their own unique blend of jazz, gospel, R&B, and spoken word.

The show is set for 7 p.m. at the ASC, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $36 and are on sale now. For tickets, call 205-975-2787 or visit the ASC online at

The show will feature Alys Stephens Center Artist-in-Residence Essix on guitar; Melvin Miller, trumpet; Antonio Allen, saxophone; spoken word poet Hank Stewart; and vocalist Leonard Julien III. In addition to a holiday-themed set, the ensemble will also perform favorites from the group’s time-tested set.