Theater Week – Call Me Up in Dreamland

April 11, 2018

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Sheet music for the 1908 stage musical version of Little Nemo. 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 16, 2018

OPENING:

* Adventure Road: A Story of Huck and Tom – Family-friendly play based on the Mark Twain Characters, presented by Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series. Director not listed. This week only: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00.
theatreraleigh.com

Alice @ Wonderland – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Jonathan Yukich’s retelling of the Lewis Carroll story – with an Alice from the modern digital era. Directed by Chasta Hamilton. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 28. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Blood at the Root – Dominique Morisseau’s 2016 drama, based on a true story, about racial strife in a Louisiana high school. Directed by Asabi, choreographed by Donna Bradby; presented by NCCU Department of Theatre. {Opened April 6.] This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday.
hiphopnc.com

Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4. Duke’s musical theater group Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 1:00 and 8:00. Sunday 1:00. Continues through April 22. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

* Dreaming: Little Nemo In Slumberland Revisited – Free presentation of an original faculty work-in-progress by Duke Theater Studies faculty member designer/puppeteer Professor Torry Bend and award-winning playwright Howard L. Craft, exploring the work of turn of the century comic strip artist Winsor McCay. Free admission. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

* Grandchild of PlaySlam! – A bunch of playwrights enter, one winning playwright – chosen by the audience – leaves with 100 bucks! Cary Playwrights Forum returns with their annual Darwinian evening of very short plays. One night only: Saturday 7:30. The Cary Theatre, 122 E Chatham St, Cary.
caryplaywrightsforum.org

Harvey – Get to know your rabbit. University Theatre presents Mary Chase’s 1944 comedy, directed by Mia Self. Old chestnut or hardy perennial? You decide. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues though April 22. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

King Charles III – Burning Coal presents Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play, set in the near future, in which Prince Charles ascends to the British throne, and blank verse political drama ensues. Directed by Karen O’Brien. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Burning Coal Theatre, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

* Ruddigore – The Durham Savoyards present Gilbert and Sullivan’s supernatural-themed 1887 operetta. Directed and choreographed by Derrick Ivey, musical direction by Jackson Cooper. This week only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Carolina Theatre, Durham.
carolinatheatre.org

* Wet Hot American Summer: The Musical (Sort of) – If you have to ask, it’s probably not for you. The cult movie musical returns for a (final) encore. One night only: Saturday 8:00. Kings, 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh.
kingsraleigh.com

ONGOING:

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey – Citizens of a seaside New Jersey town – all portrayed by David Henderson – react to the disappearance of a missing teenager in Honest Pint Theatre production of James Lecesne’s 2015 solo drama. Directed by Susannah Hough. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Continues through April 21. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

Leaving Eden – Mike Wiley’s new play – scored by singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett – follows decades of history in a small North Carolina town where the citizens who make up its economic backbone are also its most vulnerable. Vivienne Benesch directs PlayMakers’ world-premiere production. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 22. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE:

* 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.
artscenterlive.org

* – 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 Indyweek.com. 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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Theater Week – Fog of War

September 12, 2017

 

Virtual avatar of “Michael” (Trevor Johnson) in Closer Than They Appear – Icarus Studios

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 18, 2017

 
OPENING:

The Cake – A baker finds it hard to reconcile her religious beliefs with a wedding cake order for two women about to be married. PlayMakers Rep begins their new season with a new comedy by Bekah Brunstetter. Directed by Jeffrey Meanza. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 1. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

California Suite – Forest Moon presents Neil Simon’s 1976 comedy anthology of four short plays, all set in the same room of a Los Angeles hotel. Directed by Lisa Binion. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 24. Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest.
forestmoontheater.org

Closer Than They Appear – Incorporating virtual reality animated landscapes designed by Jared Mezzocchi, Christine Evans’ play tells the story of an Iraq War veteran undergoing PTSD therapy. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented by Piedmont Performance Factory, in partnership with The Process Series. This week: Thursday and Friday previews 8:00, Saturday 8:00 (opening night), Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
piedmontperformancefactory.org

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead – A group of teenagers must deal with drug use, sex, depression, suicide, abuse, and rabies, in Bert V. Royal’s unauthorized 2004 parody of Peanuts. Presented by NRACT. Directed by Pete Comperatore. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 1. NRACT, Leadmine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Escape to Freedom – Interactive experience about attempted escapes from antebellum slave life. Presented by MOJOAA. This week: Friday and Saturday 6:00, 7:30, 9:00. Continues through September 23. Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh.
mojoaa.org

* PlaySlam! 2017 – Twelve playwrights enter with two short plays each, at the end of the night one leaves with a cash prize, as determined by audience vote. One night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org
 

ONGOING:
 
* Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives – A devised theater performance by local women artists, created and presented by Summer Sisters, inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March and other women-led political movements from the past and present. Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Crowns – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Regina Taylor’s 2002 musical play, which tells the story of six African-American women through the hats they wear to church. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. Directed by Terra Hodge. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

King Lear – An aging ruler makes a series of increasingly bad executive decisions, resulting in a hostile takeover. Honest Pint presents the Shakespeare tragedy in association with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. Director not listed. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Preshow 45 minutes before curtain. Continues through September 24. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* Of Wings and Feet – Acclaimed local company Paperhand Puppet Intervention returns for its 18th annual giant puppet theater pageant, which explores “the magic and mystery of the living land, sea, and sky in an epic spectacle of struggle and resistance for our times.” Final performances this weekend: September 16-17 at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St in Greensboro.
paperhand.org

* Yes to Nothing – World premiere of a play by Mara Thomas about four punk rockers navigating the 1980s music scene, and their lives 20 years later. Presented by Little Green Pig. Directed by Caitlin Wells. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. The Pinhook in Durham.
littlegreenpig.com
 

IMPROV:

* Hush Hush – Mettlesome presents an evening of the worst kept secrets in Durham in which one special guest shares a secret they never thought they’d say out loud. This month’s special secret-sharing guest: Filmmaker and photographer D.L. Anderson. One night: Friday 10:00 (following Summer Sisters’ performance of Bad Mothers and Neglectful Wives). No advance tickets, door sales only. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

* – 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 Indyweek.com. 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 – One-Eyed Jack

September 27, 2016

 
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You may be a one-eyed jack around here…but I’ve seen the other side of your face. — Marlon Brando, One-Eyed Jacks
 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 3, 2016

 
OPENING:

* The Hour of Feeling – In 1967, a Palestinian scholar in London finds his beliefs tested when war breaks out back home. Staged reading of a play by Mona Mansour, directed by Jerry Ruiz. Presented by Carolina Performing Arts in collaboration with PlayMakers Repertory Company. One night: Thursday 7:30. Historic PlayMakers Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

* Lysistrata – Aristophanes’ comedy about women taking the job of peacemaking into their own hands is presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. No director listed. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday at Noon and 3:00. Studio Theater, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

Oklahoma! – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1943 cornbelter. Directed by Gina Winter, Music Director Heather Copley. Presented by Cary Players. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 9, Cary Arts Center.
caryplayers.org

* PlaySlam 2016 – Thirteen playwrights enter with a short play, at the end of the night one leaves with a cash prize, as determined by audience vote. One night: Saturday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

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: Sunday and Monday 7:30. Continues through November 7. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* The Undertaking – New York-based investigative/documentary theater company The Civilians brings its newest work to Durham: a multifaceted look at our last great cultural taboo, death. Presented by Duke Performances. This week only: Thursday and Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu
 

ONGOING:

* Detroit ’67 – PlayMakers Rep presents Dominique Morisseau’s 2013 drama about a brother and sister trying to get by in Motown-era Detroit. Directed by Lisa Rothe. This week: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00 and 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Love/Sick – University Theatre presents nine short comedic plays about romance by John Cariani. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu

Mothers and Sons – Terence McNally’s 2013 drama about a woman who visits her late son’s male partner, now married to another man. Directed by Timothy E. Locklear, presented by Raleigh Little Theatre. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 9. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney – Lucas Hnath’s play takes a dark and kaleidoscopic theme park ride into the mind of a 20th century visionary. Welcome to the craziest place on earth. Directed by Joseph Megel; presented by Manbites Dog Theater and StreetSigns. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

IMPROV:

* Hush Hush – Mettlesome presents an evening of the worst kept secrets in Durham in which one special guest shares a secret they never thought they’d say out loud. One night: Friday 10:00. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

 

* – 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 Indyweek.com. 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.

 


Slammin’ It!

October 12, 2009
Julie Oliver as Miss Hawai'i and Katja Hill as Miss Texas read from "Beauty Pageant" by Monica Byrne. Photo by Lisa Pepin.

Julie Oliver as Miss Hawai'i and Katja Hill as Miss Texas read from "Beauty Pageant" by Monica Byrne. Photo by Lisa Pepin.

Saturday night I joined an army of actors to tackle a bevy of three-minute plays at the 7th Annual PlaySlam, hosted by the Playwrights Roundtable at The Carrboro ArtsCenter.

Check out more awesome photos of our guerilla theater chutzpa here at the ArtsCenter Photo Blog.

Two words: It killed. And if you weren’t, you shoulda been there.

Tonight my name’s in the storyteller hat for The Monti Story Slam, a wickedly popular event hosted at Alivia’s Durham Bistro.

In honor of Columbus Day, the theme of tonight’s stories will be “Discoveries.”

Word is we’re sold out. Doors open at 6:30 PM.


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