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FLEE THIS PLACE | Oct 8-18

The Distillery announces FLEE THIS PLACE

Created by Johannah Maynard

Flee-This-PlaceThe Distillery, a new theatre company based in Raleigh, North Carolina will be launching its inaugural production and world premiere of Flee This Place written and directed by Johannah Maynard.  The production runs October 8-9, 11, 14-18, 2009 and will be featured in Burning Coal Theatre Company’s Wait ‘Til You See This! series at Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh, NC.

Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  All tickets are $20 or $15 (students, seniors 65+, active military, and teachers – must show appropriate ID at box office).  For further information, please contact Sylvia Mallory, The Distillery’s co-artistic director, at smallory[at]distillerytheatre.org or visit our website www.distillerytheatre.org or Burning Coal’s website at  www.burningcoal.org.

ABOUT FLEE THIS PLACE
The tales of Medea and Antigone smash together in this visceral and haunting story that begs the question: “Can we ever let go?”  Johannah Maynard, co-artistic director of The Distillery and creator of Flee This Place, has delved deep into the psyches of the characters of these two stories and has provided a hellish world for them to relive their demons over and over again.  A mysterious stranger, The Chorus, wanders their depths to understand why he has been sent to this place.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Johannah Maynard is a Raleigh-based theater artist whose passion is creating ensemble-driven new works for the stage.  She has created several original works that have been produced in New York, Minneapolis, and now Raleigh!  These include I Spend My Whole Life Missing, I Don’t Go To Church But I Wish I Did, So They Could Get To Heaven, and The Complete Works of Sparkle Plenty.  Johannah also freelances as a director, designer and educator.  Favorite projects include Yerma, The Emperor Jones, Life Is A Dream, Helpless Doorknobs, and The Lovesong of J. Robert Oppenheimer.  Johannah is Co-Artistic Director of The Distillery, a Burning Coal 09-10 Company Member, and Co-Program Director of The Lab at Burning Coal.  Johannah received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School.

ABOUT THE CAST & CREW. The cast of Flee This Place will include Ginny Buckner of Carrboro (Chorus 2); Fred Corlett of Raleigh (Creon); Hilary Edwards of Raleigh (Ismene); Benji Taylor Jones (Medea) of Raleigh;  Cary resident Andrew Hayworth (Chorus); Apex native Allison Powell (Glauce);  and from Ravenscroft School’s theatre department Angela Santucci (Antigone) of Raleigh.  Raleigh’s Deb Bigsby, will be designing costumes.  Lighting and scenic design will be created by Rebecca Buck of Carrboro, a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. Properties will be designed by Jan Morgan of Raleigh.  Elijah Vick of Raleigh and Shaw University will be creating the sound design.   Amanda Watson of Durham is production stage manager.

For further information about Burning Coal’s Wait ‘Til You See This! Series or information about their 2009/2010 season, please call Simmie Kastner at 919.834.4001 or visit their website at www.burningcoal.org.

For more information about Flee This Place or The Distillery’s 2009/2010 season, please email Sylvia Mallory at smallory[at]distillerytheatre.org or visit our website at www.distillerytheatre.org.

The Distillery is a small theatre company based in Raleigh, NC.  The Distillery is on its way to becoming a [501 (c) (3)] organization.  The Distillery’s mission is to concentrate the theatrical experience that draws out innovative strategies and unique processes for both new works and fresh looks at old works.  Our work seeks to synthesize various art forms and influences and bring them together in the theater.  At The Distillery, we empower diverse audiences by making them participants and emphasizing the importance of the live theater experience.  We know that, like bottling a fine spirit, there is no one way to quantify pure fermentation, but rather that innovation takes sweet, luxurious time.  Significant theater that means something, that does something to the individual and to a community, should motivate us as a whole.  In order to accomplish this, we envision a theater that constantly engages its audience and artists with work in many stages of development.  To the work itself, we vow an individualized process that matches its individual requirements.  As with spirits, the best theater is ephemeral yet lingering and intoxicates the mind and soul.

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