Theater Week – Pioneers


Leroy Frasier, John Lewis Brandon, Ralph Frasier on the steps of South Building, registering as UNC’s first African-American undergraduates, September 1955.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 7, 2016


* The Black Pioneers Project – Over the past year, Southern Oral History Program interns interviewed members of the “Black Pioneers” — the earliest African American students who attended UNC between 1952 and 1972. Those stories are retold through performance, and detail the struggle to overcome institutional and societal racism. Presented by The Process Series in partnership with the Southern Oral History Project. Directed by Joseph Megel. Two performances: Friday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, 150 South Road, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Musical version of the Washington Irving tale for kids, presented by the Carolina Theatre’s Arts Discovery Educational Series. One day only: Tuesday 9:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Carolina Theatre, Durham.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile – NRACT presents Steve Martin’s 1993 historical comedy. Directed by Jonathan McCarter. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through November 20. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

Richard III – A deranged, ruthless narcissist comes to power in Bare Theatre’s production of the Shakespeare play. Directed by Lucinda Gainey. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through November 20. Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh.

Two Turtle Doves – A high school coach for a girl’s basketball team comes under fire for his abusive tactics. Mark Cornell’s play is directed by Shelby Hahn for Common Ground Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through November 12. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.


A Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Jukebox – RLT is first out of the gate this fall with a double-feature of Yuletide-themed shows. Directed by Linda O’Day Young for the RLT Youth Series. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through November 13. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.

* The Crucible – Playmakers Rep celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new staging of Arthur Miller’s disturbingly relevant 1953 political parable. Directed by Desdemona Chiang. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

The Open House – A hilariously dysfunctional suburban family finds its reality slowly shifting towards something haunting and mysterious. Manbites Dog presents Will Eno’s subversive take on the classic American family drama. Directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Continues through November 12. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

* The Trump Card – Bully, billionaire, slumlord, super classy developer, world-class narcissist, Presidential candidate. Manbites Dog presents a staged reading adapted from the monologue by master storyteller Mike Daisey. Performed by Carl Martin, directed by Jeff Storer. This week: Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30, and Sunday and Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

* Walk Two Moons – Durham Regional Theatre presents Tom Arvetis’ stage adaptation of Sharon Creech’s Newberry Medal-winning book. Directed by Jennifer Justice. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00. Closes Saturday. E.K. Powe School, 913 9th Street, 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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