Theater Week – Light and Shadow

February 5, 2019


ADA/AVA – Manual Cinema.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through February 11, 2019



* ADA/AVA – Two elderly sisters share a quiet life as lighthouse keepers. When one dies, the other embarks on a surreal quest to find her sister and herself. Chicago-based shadow puppetry company Manual Cinema begins its Duke Performances residency with two presentations of their 2013 work. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
• Related event: Duke Theater Studies chair and puppet artist Torry Bend sits down with members of Manual Cinema, along with Donovan Zimmerman (Co-founder and Director, Paperhand Puppet Intervention); and Lisa Sturz (Founder and Artistic Director, Red Herring Puppets) for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of puppetry. Free. Friday 12:00 noon, The Pinhook, 117 W Main Street, Durham.

A Life in the Theatre – Theatre in the Park presents David Mamet’s 1977 play chronicling the relationship between two actors over the course of various productions. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 24. TIP, Raleigh.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly – Judy Dove directs Celeste Raspanti’s stage adaptation of the book about drawings and poems created by Jewish children in the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II. Presented by Forest Moon Theater. This week: This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through February 17. Renaissance Centre, 405 S Brooks Street, Wake Forest.

Men on Boats – In 1869, ten daring men led by adventurer John Wesley Powell embark on a possibly suicidal expedition down the Colorado River to explore the unknown depths of the Grand Canyon. Jaclyn Backhaus’ 2015 comic drama retells that story of performative masculinity from a new perspective as noted in the playwright’s casting instructions: “The characters in Men On Boats were historically cisgender white males. The cast should be made up entirely of people who are not.” Directed by Jules Odendahl-James. Presented by Justice Theater Project. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Continues through February 24. Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.


* Ashe in Johannesburg – “Athletes, especially black athletes, must use every resource at their command to right things that are wrong.” In 1973, African American tennis star Arthur Ashe travels to South Africa and confronts its apartheid policies. World premiere of a new play by Hannah Benitez, commissioned and produced by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Burning Coal, Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh.

* The Herd – A woman arranges a family gathering for the 21st birthday of her severely disabled son, but things don’t go as planned. David Henderson directs Rory Kinnear’s 2013 dark comedy for Honest Pint Theatre. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

* Jump – Two grieving strangers meet on a bridge discover the magic of hope. Charly Evon Simpson’s whimsical new play is presented by PlayMakers Rep as part of National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere. Directed by Whitney White. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* The Talk – In a divided America, an African American father has a difficult conversation with his son. Written and performed by Sonny Kelly. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by StreetSigns and Bulldog Ensemble Theater. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday at The Fruit, 305 South Dillard Street, Durham. (Continues February 14-17 at Historic PlayMakers Theatre, 122 East Cameron Avenue, UNC, Chapel Hill.)


* No Shame Theatre – Monthly open performance venue for original, short form theater and performance. One night only: Saturday 8:00 (sign-up to perform: 7:00). The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

* – 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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