Theater Week – Into the Mystic


Murar. Portrait of Prince Dara Shikoh. 1631.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 6, 2017



* Count – Play by Lynden Harris about six men on death row who divulge their personal inheritances of violence, racism, mental illness, poverty – and sometimes surprising love. Based on writings by and years of conversations with prisoners throughout the U.S. Presented by UNC’s Process Series and Hidden Voices. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

Crumbs from the Table of Joy – In search of a better life, an African-American family migrates from the American South to 1950s Brooklyn. Karen Dacons-Brock directs Lynn Nottage’s 1995 memory play. Presented by Bartlett Theater. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 12. PSI Theatre, DAC, Durham.

* Dara – Carolina Performing Arts presents Pakistani theater company Ajoka’s production about the life of 17th century crown prince, poet, painter, and Sufi Dara Shikoh and his struggle for the harmonious coexistence of religions in India. Part of CPA’s season-long exploration of Muslim identity and cultures. One performance (free admission): Thursday 7:30. Memorial Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, A Play Through Letters – Touring production of a 2014 play by Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca and Julia Steele Allen, about the use of torture by solitary confinement in the criminal justice system. Directed by Noelle Ghoussaini. Presented by Criminal Justice Awareness and Action (CJAA), as part of its Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy Week. This week only: Thursday 7:00. Carolina Union Auditorium, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill, free admission. Also performs Saturday 5:00, The Pinhook, 117 W. Main Street, Durham, paid admission.

* Pump Boys & Dinettes – Touring production of the 1981 musical set in small town North Carolina, presented by the Town of Cary’s Music Mainstage Series. One show: Saturday 7:30. Cary Arts Center, Cary.

* Seussical – A musical of Dr. Seuss stories. Two shows: Saturday 9:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.

This Is Not a Novel – Leave it to Little Green Pig to take over a big hunk of a shopping center and present an immersive, ambulatory, choose-your-own-adventure installation created by a who’s who of area artists. It’s a self-described “delirious playscape for adults” using the cult novels of David Markson as a jumping-off place. Guaranteed to be like nothing you’ve ever experienced. This weekend: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Continues through March 11. Scrap Exchange, Lakewood Shopping Center, Durham.

Twelfth Night – Shakespeare’s gender-switching comedy involving shipwrecked twins, romantic misunderstandings, and what you will, set in a mid-20th century Mediterranean resort straight out of a Slim Aarons photo spread. Directed by Jerry Ruiz. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 19. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.


* Bright Half Life – Erica and Vicky meet. Buy a mattress. Marry. Raise kids. Divorce. Meet again. And jump out of an airplane, not necessarily in that order. Tanya Barfield’s 2015 play uses a fractured timeline and instantaneous transitions to take a whirlwind journey through an on-again off-again romance that spans five decades. Jules Odendahl-James directs for Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.

* The Vagina Monologues – V-Day Raleigh presents Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking solo narratives, to benefit InterAct and V-Day. Final night: Tuesday February 28 at 7:30. Sonorous Road Theater, 209 Oberlin Road, 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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