Theater Week – Circle Transformation


I Am Trans… – Mashuq Mushtaq Deen

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through August 29, 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:

* The How and the Why – In Sarah Treem’s 2011 play, two women scientists of different generations find themselves in conflict over professional and personal issues. Director not listed. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Productions, 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.

* Thunderbodies – An absurdist satire about war and marriage by Kate Tarker. Director not listed. This week: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.


Creature – In 1401, a woman has visions of Jesus and Satan, and decides to become a saint. Laurel Ullman directs Heidi Schreck’s 2009 play. Co-produced by Tiny Engine Theatre and NRACT. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 11. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

* Drawing the Circle – An immigrant Muslim family struggles to come to terms with a child who transitions from one gender to another. Written and performed by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen. Directed by Chay Yew. Presented by PRC Second Stage. This week only: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Arts, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

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. Closes Sunday. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive Suite 12, Durham.

Memphis – A white DJ promoting African American music falls in love with a black singer in 1950s Memphis. Raleigh Little Theatre presents David Bryan and Joe DiPietro’s 2008 musical. Directed by Patrick Torres. This week: Thursday-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 week: Wednesday-Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh. Closes Sunday.

* 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: Final performances: Saturday at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00. Starts at Saxapahaw General Store, Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw.

* – 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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