Theater Week – Into the Great Wide Open

September 20, 2018


Thomas Moran, Chasm of the Colorado, 1873-1874.
Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, D.C.

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 24, 2018



* Astral Cosmica: The Journey of Ophiochus – Community-based “fire theater” group Addled Muse presents the story of Ophiocus the Serpent Bearer, an earth dweller who aspires to live on the celestial plane and become one of the constellations. When his efforts are rejected, he doesn’t take it well, and chaos ensues. Expect “celestial cyberpunk themed narrative, an original synthrock musical score, acrobatics, fire and aerial acts, contortion, puppetry, and other surprises” from this Durham and Atlanta based company. One show only: Saturday 8:30, Durham Central Park.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark – Lynn Nottage’s 2011 comedy satirizes Hollywood’s history of racial stereotypes through the eyes of an African American actress. Directed by Tina Morris-Anderson. Presented by NRACT. (Delayed opening.) This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 30. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.

* Crimes of the Heart – Forest Moon Theatre presents Beth Henley’s 1979 comic drama about three dysfunctional sisters reuniting at the family home in Mississippi. Directed by Randy Jordan. (Delayed opening.) This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. 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 Rachel Klem. Presented by University Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 30. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.

Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood – Ken Ludwig’s comic take on the legendary outlaw is directed by Jessie Austrian and features original music by Jack Herrick of the Red Clay Ramblers. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. (Delayed opening.) This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Continues through September 30. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.


* Are You Lonesome Tonight? – The world’s number one Elvis fan takes you on a final tour of his home/museum/shrine to the King. Solo show written and performed by Shelby Hahn. Directed by Jaybird O’Berski, presented by Little Green Pig. (Performances are standing room only and last about an hour, wear comfy shoes. Tickets are free but must be reserved.) This week: Thursday 8:00, Slim’s Downtown, 227 Wilmington St, Raleigh. Friday 8:00, Nightlite Bar, 405 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. Saturday 8:00, Parts & Labor at Motorco, 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham. Closes Saturday.

* In the Heart of the Fire – In their 19th annual giant puppet performance for all ages, Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents tales of fire, of giants and trolls, of trickster creators, and how we came to be human. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:00, Sunday 3:00 and 7:00. Closes Sunday. Forest Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.

* Once – Theatre Raleigh presents the 2011 musical based on the 2007 film about two Dublin musicians who meet by chance. Director not listed. (Note: AWC.) This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 3:00 and 8:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.


* 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.


* Risk – Honest Pint presents a free reading of Ralph Hardy’s play about the murder of three Muslim-Americans. One night: Friday 7:30. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.

Tracy Letts Staged Reading Series – Sonorous Road presents staged readings of three Tracy Letts plays over consecutive weekends. First up: the 2008 family drama August: Osage County. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Series continues through October 7. Sonorous Road, 3801 Hillsborough St, 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.


Theater Week – Into the Mystic

February 28, 2017


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.

Pigs in the Library

January 19, 2012

Want an intro preview to Little Green Pig’s upcoming show, Donald? Join them for a sure-to-be fascinaing discussion this Saturday January 21 at 3:00. Location: Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street. Free admission.

Donald runs January 26-February 11 at Manbites Dog Theater.

Download and post the flyer.

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