Theater Week – Emotional Rescue


The Emotions of Normal People, Little Green Pig

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 14, 2015



* The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Some badly behaved kids are cast in the eponymous Nativity play, and it turns out to be the best one ever. (Take that, pageants 12-19 of the York Mystery Plays!) Forest Moon Theater presents Barbara Robinson’s 1982 play based on the 1971 book. Directed by Heather Snow Daurity. This week only: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 7:30. Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest.

A Christmas Carol – Theatre in the Park presents Ira David Wood III’s perennial Dickens extravaganza. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 2:00. DECPA, Raleigh. Continues December 17-20 at DPAC, Durham.

Grounded – An F-16 pilot is reassigned to flying drones in the 2013 one-woman drama by George Brant. Presented by Sonorous Road Productions. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 9:00, Sunday 3:30. Continues through December 20. Sonorous Road Theatre, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

The Santaland Diaries – Stage adaptation of the David Sedaris NPR holiday staple, featuring Jesse Gephart as Crumpet, a disgruntled Santa elf working at Macy’s. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 20. TIP, Raleigh.

A Trailer Park Christmas – Fruitcake, tornadoes, and inbred Southerners – it’s the Beloved Holiday Classic™ that puts the “Oh, Christ!” back in Christmas. Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem’s Faulknerian yuletide epic returns for its eighth year. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 20. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.


Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual holiday musical staging of the fairy tale, adapted and composed by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy. Directed by Rod and Nancy Rich. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 20. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

The Emotions of Normal People – Love affairs, betrayal, sex, Stasi agents. Almost two years in the making, Little Green Pig’s “originalmovementtheaterwerk” deconstructs and reassembles the experiment-in-living that was the German Democratic Republic before the end of the Cold War brought it crashing down. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through December 19. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

Nuncrackers – Another holiday entry in Dan Goggin’s apparently inexhaustible Nunsense musical comedy franchise. Directed by Jon Todd, presented by NRACT. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 20. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
* Peter and the Starcatcher – A prequel to J. M. Barrie’s 1904 Peter Pan, this 2009 play by Peter Elice is based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Previously seen in a Broadway Series South touring production in Raleigh last March. Directed by Brendon Fox. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – An annual presentation of Broadway Series South, this stage musical version of the Beloved Holiday Classic™ is based on the venerable 1964 Rankin/Bass animated TV Xmas special (which vastly expanded the mythology of Johnny Marks’ 1949 hit song for Gene Autry — itself based on a 1939 Christmas promotional coloring book created by Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward in Chicago). Get your tickets early — this one sells faster than the bargain table at Misfit Toys “R” Us. This week: Friday 6:30, Saturday 11:00/2:00/6:30, Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 30. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.

The Tramp’s New World – Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character is the lone survivor of a “super-atomic blast” in Rob Jansen’s one-man show, adapted from James Agee’s never-produced screenplay written for Chaplin. Directed by Joseph Megel, presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 7:30. Continues through December 19. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

The Wiz – Ease on down the road in this African American take on L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. Burning Coal presents the 1974 musical, directed by Randolph Curtis Rand. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 20. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.


* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Saturday 8:00 (sign-up to perform: 7:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.


* – Concludes this week

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions. For a more complete listing of area events, we recommend the arts calendar at For a listing of what else area theaters have in store this season, click on the Triangle Season Schedules tab at the top of the page.



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