Theater Week – Paradise Lost

April 4, 2018

 

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through April 9, 2018

 
OPENING:

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: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Continues through April 21. Leggett Theatre, William Peace University Campus, Raleigh.
honestpinttheatre.org

* The Color Purple – Touring production of the 2005 musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel. This week only: Wednesday and Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. Closes Sunday. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* Escape to Freedom – MOJOAA’s immersive and interactive show returns, with actors guiding and thrwarting audiences as they try to escape antebellum slave life. Staged on the site of what was once the largest slave plantation in Wake County. Two nights only: Saturday and Sunday at 6:00, 7:30, and 9:00. Moredecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh. (Note: Performances usually fill, advance ticket purchase recommended; wear comfortable shoes as you will be moving through the park during the experience.)
mojoaa.org

* Into the Woods – Pauper Players, UNC’s student-run musical theater group, presents the 1986 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine fairytale musical. No director listed. This week: Friday-Monday 7:30. Closes Monday. The ArtsCenter, Carrboro.
artscenterlive.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: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through April 22. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* Truth Against the World – A solo play about Frank Lloyd Wright, written and directed by Christine Toy Johnson. Presented by University Theatre. This week only: Monday and Tuesday April 2-3, 7:30. Kennedy-McIlwee Theater, Thompson Hall, NCSU Campus, Raleigh.
theatre.arts.ncsu.edu
 

ONGOING:

* Punch the Clock – Little Green Pig presents an Elvis Costello review. One night only: Friday 8:00. Mystery Brewery, 437 Dimmocks Mill Rd, Hillsborough.
littlegreenpig.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.

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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.
facebook.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, Monday 7:30. Continues through March 25. Page-Walker Arts Center, Cary.
facebook.com

* 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.


Theater Week – We Build the Wall

May 2, 2017

 

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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through May 8, 2017

 

OPENING:

* Leaving Eden – Workshop production of an original drama with regional music exploring the stories of people currently living in North Carolina Mill towns that boomed in the 20th century and closed down at the start of the 21st. Mike Wiley’s play is based on interviews with people in those towns. Co-produced by UNC’s Process Series, Playmakers Repertory Company, and the Department of Dramatic Art. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. A world-premiere full production is scheduled for PlayMakers’ 2017-18 season. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
processseries.unc.edu

* Mamma Mia! – Here we go again, again! In case you missed it in 2010 or in 2014, the touring production of the 1999 Abba exclamation point jukebox musical touches down in Durham for one weekend only: Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30. DPAC, Durham.
dpacnc.com

* On Ice – An ambulatory, interactive performance featuring four short plays performed in various locations on Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh, with a meal at Gonza included. Presented by Seed Art Share. One night only: Saturday 5:00, beginning at Gonza Tacos y Tequila, in the Aloft Hotel, 2100 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh.
seedraleigh.org

A Piece of My Heart – Raleigh Little Theatre presents Shirley Lauro’s 1991 docudrama about the experiences of six women during the Vietnam War. Directed by Mia Self. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through May 21. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

ONGOING:

Marjorie Prime – In the near future an elderly woman, her mind fading, finds companionship from an artificial intelligence modeled on her late husband, who helps her recall – and reimagine – their life together. Jeff Storer directs Jordan Harrison’s 2015 drama. Presented by Manbites Dog Theater. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 2:00. Continues through May 13. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

* Revival – A cultural and musical collage set in 1950s Appalachia, presented by Ward Theatre Company. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Ward Theatre, 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham.
wardtheatrecompany.com
 

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.


Theater Week – Holding Out My Only Candle

November 22, 2016

 
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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through November 28, 2016

 
OPENING:
 
* After Orlando – Readings of short plays written in response to the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando this year. Presented by PlayMakers Rep in partnership with Little Green Pig, Black Ops and the Kenan Theater Company as part of an international playwright-driven theatre action including performances in over 40 venues across the US and the UK. Free. One Night only: Monday 7:30. Kenan Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

The May Queen – A former high school beauty queen returns to town as a temp worker, in Molly Smith Metzler’s 2014 comedy. Directed by Vivienne Benesch; presented by PlayMakers Rep. Opens Tuesday November 22 through December 11. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – An annual presentation of Broadway Series South, 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 2:00 and 5:00, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Continues through December 24. Fletcher Theater, DECPA, Raleigh.
dukeenergycenterraleigh.com
 

IMPROV:
 
* Improv Percolator: Holiday Charity Event – Three local improv companies – Danny Canoe, Fatmouth Improv, and Third Date – perform to benefit Durham’s Threshold Clubhouse. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of warm clothing. One night: Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.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 – Waltzing

January 19, 2016

 
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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through January 25, 2016

OPENING:

The Marriage of Bette and Boo – Christopher Durang’s 1985 dark family comedy, staged by NRACT. Directed by Jonathan McCarter. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes January 31. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org
 
* Matilda the Musical – Touring production of the 2010 musical about a young girl who destroys mean people with her terrifying telekinetic powers. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. This week only: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30, Friday 8:00, Saturday 2:00 and 8:00, Sunday 1:00 and 6:30.
dpacnc.com

Next to Normal – Duke’s Hoof ‘n’ Horn presents the 2008 musical about a woman and her family dealing with her bipolar disorder. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through January 31. Sheafer Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
tickets.duke.edu

Three Sisters – Stuck in the boonies, three women want to return to their childhood home in the big city. Playmakers’ new Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch directs Anton Chekhov’s classic tale of dreams and disappointment, in a new version by Libby Appel. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through February 7. Paul Green Theatre, CDA, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org
 

ONGOING:

* An Loc – Staged reading of a screenplay by Elisabeth Lewis Corley, a fictional account of the 1972 battle of An Loc, based on her father’s experiences in Vietnam. Directed by Joseph Megel. Presented (along with Downrange and Silhouettes of Service) as part of UNC’s Veterans and Their Families, a three-week festival of new works. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Studio 6, Swain Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
college.unc.edu
 
* Small and Tired – A young man returns home for his father’s funeral but becomes entangled in familial grief and guilt. Gregor McElvogue directs the U.S. premiere of Kit Brookman’s 2012 modern reimagining of the story of Orestes. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
fromcommonwealth.com
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Stick Fly – Members of an affluent African American family gather at their Martha’s Vineyard home for a relaxing weekend, but it’s not long before issues of  race and privilege – and some juicy family secrets – begin to surface. Raleigh Little Theatre presents Lydia Diamond’s 2011 comic drama, directed by Karen Dacons-Brock. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through January 31. Gaddy-Goodwin Theatre, RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org
 

* – Concludes 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 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 – See You at Gobbler’s Knob

February 25, 2014

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A listing of Triangle theater performances
through March 3, 2014

OPENING:
* Almost, Maine – John Cariani’s 2004 romantic comedy about love and loss among a variety of characters in a small Maine town. Presented by Clayton Youth Theater. This week only: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Clayton Center, Clayton.
claytonyouththeater.com

Arcadia – Deep Dish Theater presents Tom Stoppard’s frequently revived 1993 comedy (seen last fall at Raleigh’s University Theatre). Directed by Paul Frellick. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 22. Deep Dish Theater, University Mall, Chapel Hill.
deepdishtheater.org

* A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Stage adaptation of the Mark Twain story, presented by Applause! Cary Youth Theatre. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Cary Arts Center, Cary.
townofcary.org

* Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure – Touring production for young audiences, presented by Storybook Theater. This week only: Friday 6:30, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 and 2:00. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh.
marbleskidsmuseum.org

Love Alone – A medical procedure gone wrong has a big impact on two families. Vivienne Benesch directs the 2012 play by Deborah Salem Smith. Presented by PlayMakers Rep. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through March 16. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

* The Vagina Monologues – Eve Ensler’s play celebrating women’s sexuality and strength. Various productions, presented in conjunction with the global V-Day Campaign.
At Duke, presented by Duke Wellness Center. All proceeds benefit the Durham Crisis Response Center. Directed by Brad Elmendorf. One performance: Wednesday 8:00. Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Duke West Campus, Durham.
facebook.com
• At Meredith. Benefits InterAct of Wake County. This week only: Friday and Saturday 7:30. Studio Theatre, Jones Hall, Meredith College Campus, Raleigh.
meredith.edu

ONGOING:
* Caroline, or Change – Raleigh Little Theatre presents the 2004 Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori musical about a young Jewish boy and an African American maid in 1963 Louisiana. Directed by Karen Dacons-Brock. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Lion in Winter – Ira David Wood III and Lynda Clark. “An unusually crunchy center”! raved Byron Woods about the original 2005 production. Directed by Ira David Wood III. Presented by Theatre in the Park. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Republic – What is justice? Brooklyn-based company Hoi Polloi’s high energy theatrical take on one of the cornerstones of Western philosophy, Plato’s Republic. Directed by Alec Duffy. Presented by Duke Performances. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 8:15. Closes Saturday. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

IMPROV:
* Third Date Improv performs. This weekend only: Friday and Saturday 8:00. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

AUDITIONS:
MOJOAA Performing Arts Company holds auditions for the gospel play Can I Get a Witness? Saturday noon to 4:00, at A Cultured Alliance 1910 Sedwick Rd Suite 300C, Durham, NC.
More info.

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 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 – Going

September 18, 2012

Going Going (M Series). Photo: Ed Hunt

A listing of Triangle theater performances
through September 24, 2012

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.

Last call!
Nine shows are currently running, but six* of them close this week.

OPENING:
Red – The artist Mark Rothko, faced with a lucrative commission, struggles to reconcile art and commerce. Playmakers presents the area premiere of John Logan’s 2009 play. Directed by Vivienne Benesch. This week: Wednesday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Continues through October 7. Paul Green Theatre, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill.
playmakersrep.org

ONGOING:
* Brigadoon – Burning Coal presents Lerner and Lowe’s 1947 musical comedy about two friends who encounter a magical Scottish village that (spoiler) only appears for one day every 100 years. Directed by Emily Ranii, music direction by Julie Oliver. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Murphey School, Raleigh.
burningcoal.org

The Brothers Size – Two brothers contend with their shared past and an unpredictable friend, in Manbites Dog’s production of the 2007 Tarell Alvin McCraney play. Directed by Joseph Megel. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:15, Sunday 3:15. Continues through September 29. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham.
manbitesdogtheater.org

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]– Raleigh Little Theatre presents Reduced Shakespeare Company’s irreverent send-up of the Canon. Directed by Rod Rich. This week: Thursday-Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 30. RLT, Raleigh.
raleighlittletheatre.org

* The Death of the Oldest Dog in the World – The eponymous tragedy sends a man on a fantasy quest to redeem his life. Presented by Owl Tree Theater for the People. Written and directed by Jesse A. Lowe. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Sunday 1:30. Closes Saturday. Common Ground Theatre, Durham.
cgtheatre.com

* Frost/Nixon – Peter Morgan’s 2006 play about David Frost’s 1977 television interviews with Richard Nixon, presented by Justice Theater Project. Directed by Carnessa Ottelin. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Closes Sunday. Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh.
thejusticetheaterproject.org

Little Shop of Horrors – Last sighted in April at Temple Theatre in Sanford and before that at Raleigh’s NC Theatre in 2010, this invasive kudzu of a horror musical (by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman) just keeps taking over local stages, this time at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Directed by Jon Todd; musical direction by Craig Johnson. This week: Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 3:00. Continues through September 30. NRACT, Lead Mine Road, Raleigh.
nract.org

* Next to Normal – Manic depression is the unlikely subject of Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 rock musical. Theatre in the Park presents the Triangle premiere, directed by Cody Cunningham, music direction by Nancy Whelan. This week: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 3:00. Closes Sunday. TIP, Raleigh.
theatreinthepark.com

* Richie – A rampaging party girl and her entourage stagger from bar to bar with audience in tow, in Little Green Pig’s promenade theater adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard II, directed by Jay O’Berski. Starts at Fullsteam Brewery and ends up god knows where. Wear your walking shoes and be sure to pick a designated driver. This week: Thursday-Saturday 7:30. Closes Saturday. Fullsteam Brewery and various places in downtown Durham.
littlegreenpig.com

* The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart – At an academic conference on traditional border ballads, the snowed-in participants are drawn into the darker side of their area of expertise. Carolina Performing Arts presents The National Theatre of Scotland’s production of the David Greig play, staged in Top of the Hill Bar. Limited run and seating. This week: Tuesday-Thursday 7:00. Closes Thursday. Top of the Hill Bar, Chapel Hill.
carolinaperformingarts.org

Sweet Charity – It’s the first (but probably not the last) Neil Simon show of the season. It’s also the other Broadway musical based on a Fellini film, this one from 1966 with book by Simon and songs by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. Presented by Temple Theatre, director unlisted. This week: Thursday 2:00 and 7:00, Friday and Saturday 8:00, Sunday 2:00. Continues through September 30. Temple Theatre, Sanford.
templeshows.com

Please contact us with any corrections or omissions.
For a more complete listing of area events,
we recommend the arts calendar at Indyweek.com.


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