Theater Week – Blue

December 4, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through December 10, 2018

OPENING:

Buy My Art and Call It Holy – Monét Noelle Marshall presents the concluding installment of her “Buy It Call It” trilogy, a participatory, experiential series of events over 10 days at five different locations, examining and reimagining what we call art and what we consider holy. This week:
-Friday 7:00: Night of Invitation, an opening reception at 310 East Main Street, Durham.
– Saturday 3:00: Day of Celebration, movement and dance at Living Art Collective, 410 West Geer St, Durham.
– Sunday 3:00: Sunday Service, at W.G. Pearson Center, 600 E. Umstead St., Durham.
Continues through December 16.
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* A Charlie Brown Christmas – Theatre in the Park presents a stage version of the AARP-eligible 1965 TV special. Director not listed. (Opened November 30.) This week: Friday 7:30, Sensory-friendly performance Saturday 11:00, Saturday 2:00 and 5:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday.
theatreinthepark.com

A Christmas Carol – Theatre in the Park presents its original musical comedy version of the Dickens story, now in its – I’m going to say 85th? – season. Written and directed by Ira David Wood III. (Note: The role of Scrooge alternates between Ira David Wood III and Ira David Wood IV, check schedule.) This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00, Sunday 2:00. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh. Continues next week at DPAC in Durham.
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* Elf – Touring production of the 2010 musical comedy stage adaptation of the 2003 film. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 3:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
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The Gift of the Magi – An immersive interactive version of the O. Henry short story, adapted by Michelle Murray Wells and the company. Presented by Sonorous Road. This week: Thursday-Sunday with walkthroughs beginning at 8:00/9:00/10:00. Continues through December 17. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com
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Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol – NRACT and Actors Comedy Lab present Tom Mula’s 1999 alternate viewpoint take on the Dickens story. Directed by Rod Rich. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through December 16. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Lady Misrule – A father in mourning for his daughter ends up at the North Pole workshop of one S. Claus. Tiny Engine Theatre returns to the Triangle with an original “Christmas noir”, written and directed by Paul Sapp. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Continues through December 16. Walltown Children’s Theatre, 1225 Berkeley St, Durham.
tinyenginetheatre.com

* Last Minute Wishes – Halle Cultural Arts Center presents a Christmas comedy by Ava and Darell Jenkins set at a department store (remember those?) on Christmas Eve. Followed by Karaoke Christmas, a Holiday Pops Presentation by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher. This week only: Friday 7:30, Saturday 3:00 and 7:30, Sunday 3:00. The Halle, 237 N Salem St, Apex.
thehalle.org

* Love Life – Tony Award-winner and Duke Artist-in-Residence Victoria Clark directs a workshop production of the seldom-produced 1948 Kurt Weill/Alan Jay Lerner musical. One showing only (and it’s sold out, so call in any favors you have if you want a ticket): Friday 7:00. von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
theaterstudies.duke.edu

* Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play – OdysseyStage presents the radio version of the holiday movie as it was performed on Lux Radio Theatre in 1947. The program features a dozen actors, live sound effects, and 1940s music played by The Retros. Two performances only: Saturday 2:00 at The Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill; Sunday 3:00, The Artscenter, Carrboro.
odysseystage.org

* Tend To Your Own House – Black Poetry Theatre continues Flip the Script. a works-in-progress series where classic works are remixed into new pieces, integrating poetry/spoken word and music. For this iteration, the plays being sampled are all early 20th century, including works by George Bernard Shaw and Ferenc Molnar. Led by Dasan Ahanu, a group of selected community artists will work together to shape each piece of the production. Three readings of these reworked pieces will be presented followed by a talk-back, offering an opportunity for community feedback. The series will culminate with a full production built from those pieces blended into one world and one storyline. Created by Dasan Ahanu, Lee Chapman, KD Lambert, and Nakita Jay. One performance only: Thursday 8:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
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ONGOING:

* The Best Time of Year – Mom’s away and the kids have to take charge of the Christmas Eve party. Moonlight Stage Company presents an original family-friendly holiday musical. Directed by Estes Tarver. Book, music, and lyrics by Carrie Marshall. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. 1304 Paddock Dr, Raleigh.
moonlightstageco.com

Cinderella – Raleigh Little Theatre presents its popular annual holiday musical adaptation of the fairy tale. Directed by Mike McGee. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through December 16. Sutton Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – An annual presentation, this stage musical version of the Beloved Holiday Classic™ is based on the venerable 1964 Rankin/Bass animated TV Xmas special (which vastly expanded the mythology of Johnny Marks’ 1949 hit song for Gene Autry — itself based on a 1939 Christmas promotional coloring book created by Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward in Chicago). Get your tickets early — this one sells faster than the bargain table at Misfit Toys “R” Us. This week: Friday 6:30, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
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* She Loves Me – In 1930s Budapest, two shop clerks share an intense dislike for each other, unaware that they are also romantic pen pals. PlayMakers Rep presents Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick’s 1963 musical adaptation of Hungarian playwright Miklós László’s 1937 comedy Parfumerie. Directed by Kirsten Sanderson. Music Director Mark Hartman. This week: Tuesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The Weir – Burning Coal Theatre revives its 2000 production of Conor McPherson’s 1997 Irish ghost story. Directed by Jerome Davis. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through December 16. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.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 – Golden Years

October 9, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through October 15, 2018

 

OPENING:

A Doll’s House, Remodelled – Jameeka Holloway-Burrell directs a modern-day reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 drama about a woman taking back agency for her life. Written by Holloway-Burrell and Aurelia Belfield. Presented by The Justice Theater Project. See preview article here. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:30. Continues through October 28. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

* Flip the Script – Black Poetry Theatre presents an early workshop preview of its play in process. One night only: Thursday 7:00. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.org

Skeleton Crew – A group of auto workers face the prospect of plant closure and unemployment at the beginning of The Great Recession in Dominique Morisseau’s 2016 drama, part of her 3-play cycle set in Detroit. Valerie Curtis Newton directs for PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Friday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 28. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Stuff Happens – David Hare’s 2004 history play explores the leadup to the Iraq war through the words of its architects. Presented by Burning Coal Theatre. Directed by Lillian White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 28. Burning Coal, Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoaltheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

* Curve of Departure – The night before a funeral, family members gather in a small hotel room to deal with the past and their uncertain futures. Bulldog Ensemble Theater, Durham’s newest company debuts with Rachel Bonds’ dark 2016 comedy. Directed by Thaddaeus Edwards. This week: Thursday 7:30, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Durham Fruit & Produce Company, 305 S Dillard St, Durham.
bulldogdurham.org

It Is Done – Three strangers riding out a storm at a bar in the middle of nowhere discover things may not be what they seem. Ira David Wood III directs Alex Goldberg’s eerie 2011 thriller. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through October 21. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* The RevolutionistsLiberté, égalité, sororité! In 18th-century Paris during the Reign of Terror, feminist playwright Olympe de Gouges is visited by assassin Charlotte Corday, French queen Marie Antoinette, and anti-slavery Haitian radical Marianne Angelle who all want their say in the writer’s play-in-progress. Raleigh Little Theatre presents Lauren Gunderson’s 2017 historical comedy. Directed by Amy White. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Gaddy-Godwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.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 – Stage Left

June 26, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through July 2, 2018

 
I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU SAY GOODBYE:

* Manbites Dog Theater concludes it’s 31st and final season of producing theater this week, as it closes its Foster Street location, the company’s home for the last 20 years. Manbites will continue in a new incarnation as a support and granting organization for area theater companies and artists. Ob-la-di, ob-la-da. More about future plans here.
 

I SAY HELLO:

* OccupyCON 2018 – As part of this year’s events, Women’s Theatre Festival presents a 24-hour theatre conference, packed with staged readings, workshops, devised works, and kids’ programming. Featuring a workshop of The Illuminated Dresses – a devised theater piece by local playwright Debra Kaufman. One day only: Saturday 7:00 p.m. to Sunday 7:00 p.m., Renaissance Center, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest.
womenstheatrefestival.com

Parallel Lives – Women’s Theatre Festival presents Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy’s satirical 1989 sketch show, directed by Judy Long. This week: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 8:00. Continues through July 7. Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh.
womenstheatrefestival.com
 

ONGOING:

* It Shoulda Been You – Theatre in the Park presents Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove’s 2015 musical comedy about a wedding where wouldn’t you know it everything goes wrong. Director not listed. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com
 

* – 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 – Snow Day Like Today

March 21, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 26, 2018

 
THEATER FESTIVAL:

* Bullcity Black Theater Festival – A two-week festival bringing together playwrights, directors, choreographers, dramaturgs, and actors from some of the Triangle’s premier Black theater groups, including Black Ops, Black Poetry Theatre, and MOJOAA. The festival will present staged readings of new plays the first week, as well as hosting free Community Conversations the second week, plus free theater workshops and a playwrighting masterclass with Howard L. Craft. Produced by Black Ops Theatre. Events this week:
••••••••••
WORKSHOPS: (Free, advance signup required)
• Thursday March 22 at 6:30: Movement Workshop led by Monét Noelle Marshall as part of the preparation for her next piece, Buy My Body And Call it A Ticket.
• Sat March 24 at 10:30am: Coffee, Conversation, and Tips for Actors, with Kathy Hunter-Williams
• Sat March 24 at 11:00am: Next Act: Creativity and Performance for Women Over 50, with Rhetta Greene and Robin Carmon Marshall
••••••••••
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: (Free, door donations welcome)
• Friday March 23 at 7:30 p.m. – The State of Black Theatre: Then, Now, Locally: An interactive Black theater overview with Rhetta Green, John Harris, and JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell. Free, no sign-up required.
• Saturday March 24 at 3:00 p.m. – A conversation with artist Monét Marshall about her recent performance art exhibition, Buy My Soul and Call it Art, with Mike Williams, founder of the Black on Black Project. Free, no sign-up required.
• Saturday March 24 at 8:00 p.m. – I Am Black: A conversation with Tommy DeFrantz. An exploration of black performance, black identity, and black expression, with the Chair of African and African American studies at Duke University. Free, pre-registration requested.
Final week. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

ONGOING:

* Ain’t Misbehavin’ – NRACT presents the 1978 musical revue celebrating the amazing Fats Waller and other performers and songwriters of the 1920s and 1930s Harlem Renaissance. Two alternating casts, so plan to see it twice. Directed by Liz Grimes Droessler. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Beanstalk! The Musical – Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series presents a musical version of the fairy tale. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Thursday and Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 1. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Framing the Shot – “Nothing validates your life more than someone trying to kill you.” Two women deal with photography, friendship, and possibly fatal self-validation in a comedy thriller by Allan Maule. Directed by Ira David Wood IV; presented by Sonorous Road. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St (Royal Bakery building), Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com

* No Exit – L’enfer, c’est les autres. Pequod Productions presents Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 existentialist drama. Directed by Kurt Benrud. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Page-Walker Arts Center, Cary.
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* – 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 – Black Theater

March 13, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 19, 2018

 
THEATER FESTIVAL:

Bullcity Black Theater Festival – A two-week festival bringing together playwrights, directors, choreographers, dramaturgs, and actors from some of the Triangle’s premier Black theater groups, including Black Ops, Black Poetry Theatre, and MOJOAA. The festival will present staged readings of new plays the first week, as well as hosting free Community Conversations the second week, plus free theater workshops and a playwrighting masterclass with Howard L. Craft. Produced by Black Ops Theatre.
This Week:
• Thursday 7:30: 12.21.09 by NaTasha Thompson. A woman must decide who will have custody of her child during her tour in Afghanistan. Directed by Kyma Lassiter. Presented by Black Ops Theatre Company.
• Friday 7:30: Definition of a Hero by Dasan Ahanu. Examines the idea of a hero through rhyme, rhythm, music, and thought-provoking verse. Presented by Black Poetry Theatre
• Saturday 7:30: Raissanour by Monet Marshall. A one-act, one-woman play with 7 actors. A play within a play, a whodunit, and a performance piece rolled into one. Presented by MOJOAA Performing Arts.
• Saturday March 17 – Workshops:
• 11:00am – Playwriting Masterclass with Howard Craft (fee required)
• 1:00pm – The Playground: Acting workshop with Lakeisha Coffey
• 3:00pm – Soulprovisation: Movement workshop with Tristan Parks
Continues through March 24. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org
 

OPENING:

Beanstalk! The Musical – Raleigh Little Theatre’s Family Series presents a musical version of the fairy tale. Directed by Kathleen Rudolph. This week: Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 and 5:00. Continues through April 1. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* Murder Ballad – New company Two Way Street Theatre presents the 2012 musical by Juliana Nash and Julia Jordan about an ill-fated love affair. Directed by Greta Marie Zandstra, music directed by Joanna Li. This week only: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Mystery Brewing Company, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough.
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No Exit – L’enfer, c’est les autres. Pequod Productions presents Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 existentialist drama. Directed by Kurt Benrud. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00, Monday 7:30. Continues through March 25. Page-Walker Arts Center, Cary.
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* The Wizard of Oz – Touring production based on the 1939 film. Hosted by Broadway Series South and NC Theatre. This week only: Tuesday-Friday 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 and 7:30. Memorial Auditorium, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
 

ONGOING:

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – NRACT presents the 1978 musical revue celebrating the amazing Fats Waller and other performers and songwriters of the 1920s and 1930s Harlem Renaissance. Two alternating casts, so plan to see it twice. Directed by Liz Grimes Droessler. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 25. NRACT, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

Framing the Shot – “Nothing validates your life more than someone trying to kill you.” Two women deal with photography, friendship, and possibly fatal self-validation in a comedy thriller by Allan Maule. Directed by Ira David Wood IV; presented by Sonorous Road. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through March 25. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St (Royal Bakery building), Raleigh.
sonorousroad.com
 
* A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Raleigh’s Family Series presents a shortened, child-friendly production of Shakespeare’s comic fantasy. Director not listed. This week: Friday 6:00, Saturday 3:00 and 6:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Theatre, DECPA, Raleigh.
theatreraleigh.com
 

SPECIAL EVENT:

* Blood, Soil, and the Stage: Meet the Playwrights – North Carolina playwright Mike Wiley has two world-premiere plays opening in the Triangle this spring: Leaving Eden beginning April 7 at PlayMakers Rep, and Blood Done Sign My Name starting May 11 at Raleigh Little Theatre. In this free public event hosted by the two companies, actors will perform scenes from each show, followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by PRC’s Vivienne Benesch and RLT’s Charles Phaneuf, and also including musician Laurelyn Dossett and author Tim Tyson. One night only: Wednesday 7:30. Hayti Heritage Center, 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 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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