Theater Week – Long Way from Memphis, Slim


Memphis Slim & Sonny Boy Williamson, Live in Europe

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 22, 2016

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:
Music and the Mirror – A musical revue of dance and storytelling, by Sarah Griner Duncan. This week: Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Continues through September 3. Sonourous Road, Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

Ongoing in the WTF:
• * 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: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. 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. Closes Friday. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
• * Decision Height – Meredith Dana Levy’s historical drama tells the story of nine women military aviators in World War II. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.


* Angry Fags – Tired of homophobia and anti-gay violence, two men decide to fight back with a vengeance. Mortall Coile presents a staged reading of Topher Payne’s 2013 dark vigilante drama. Directed by Jesse R. Gephart. One night only: Sunday 7:00. Theatre in the Park, Raleigh.

Memphis – A white DJ promoting African American music falls in love with a singer in 1950s Memphis. Raleigh Little Theatre presents David Bryan and Joe DiPietro’s 2008 musical. Directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 4. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

Million Dollar Quartet – Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley get together at Sun Studios in Memphis for a legendary 1956 recording session that eventually spawned a 2010 juke box musical. If you’re a big fan, here’s your first chance to see it since April when a touring production landed at DPAC for two nights. Presented by Theatre Raleigh; director not listed. (This must be the week for musicals set in 1950s Memphis.) This week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh. Continues through August 28.

* Newsies – Touring production of the 2011 stage adaptation of the 1992 Disney movie musical, loosely based on the 1899 newsboys strike of 1899. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.

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: Tuesday-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-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, 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.

* Improv Weekend at Common Ground – Thursday: Improv Percolator, Friday: FatMouth Improv, Saturday: Third Date Improv. All shows at 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.

* – 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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