Theater Week – Obscura


Video: Simon Lee

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 15, 2016

Women’s Theatre Festival
A first-time month-long festival of plays written and directed by women, with women making up at least half the cast, and with women in many of the tech and design positions. Various venues. More information at
Opening in the WTF this week:
• The Amazing Cunt and Lil’ Bitch Take Raleigh – Katy Koop’s dark comedy about justice, rape, friendship, superheroes, and the choices we make. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through August 20. The Green Monkey, 1217 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
Bruisers – Four women struggle to rekindle their college friendship as they face uncertain futures, in a drama by Maribeth McCarthy. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00. Studio One, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington. Continues next week at Temple Theatre in Sanford, through August 19.
Decision Height – Meredith Dana Levy’s historical drama tells the story of nine women military aviators in World War II. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 21. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
Ongoing in the WTF:
• *Men Always Leave – Abandonment issues make it difficult for an African American woman to maintain a relationship with her son’s father. A one-act play by Naima Ince. Paired with * The Traditionalist, in which a seemingly perfect couple are trapped in a dangerous cycle of violence and contrition, in a one-act play by Carol Torian. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh.


Trust the Bus: Obscura – Culture Mill resumes its series of site-specific performances in secret locations. This time New York visual artist Simon Lee turns the Culture Mill bus into a giant mobile Camera Obscura, in collaboration with local musicians Kellie Ann Grubbs and Benjamin Trueblood to create what promises to be a “phantasmagoric” experience. Grab one of the 44 tickets and get on the bus to parts unknown. This week: Saturday at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00. Continues Saturdays in August. Starts at Saxapahaw General Store, Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw.


The Beautiful Beast – It’s the end of summer which means it’s time for Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s annual outdoor extravaganza. This year’s show takes a look at the monsters and beasts that inhabit our dreams and folktales. This week: Friday-Sunday 7:00 (pre-show starts at 6:20). Continues through September 5 at Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill. Tickets at the door only, no pre-sales. Note: Saturday shows at Forest Theatre usually sell out; get there early. (Continues at NC Museum of Art in Raleigh September 9-11, Carolina Theatre Greensboro September 17-18.)
I Wish You a Boat – In 1899, a shipwreck strikes a boat full of immigrants heading to America. Devised work by Ward Theatre Company, directed by Wendy Ward. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through August 28. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive Suite 12, Durham.

The Roaring Girl – The scandalous Moll challenges gender roles in 1946 Chicago in this updating of Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker’s 17th century Jacobean comedy. Presented by little independent theatre, directed by Julya M Mirro. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00. Continues through August 20. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.

* – Closes 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 updates on area auditions, we recommend the Triangle Auditions group on Facebook. 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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