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“Nightwork” Is an Outrageously Dark Comedy

"Nightwork" stars (from left) Alex Young, Jeffrey Moore, Kashif Powell, Dana Marks, and Annie Zipper as five strungout graduate students (photo by Jay O'Berski)

"Nightwork" stars (from left) Alex Young, Jeffrey Moore, Kashif Powell, Dana Marks, and Annie Zipper as five strungout graduate students (photo by Jay O'Berski)

Durham, NC-based Manbites Dog Theater will present the world premiere of Nightwork, a delightfully dark comedy written by Durham writer and playwright Monica Byrne and directed by Durham actor and director Jay O’Berski, on Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-6 and 9-12. The show stars Dana Marks, Jeffrey Moore, Kashif Powell, Alex Young, Annie Zipper, and Aidan Alguire.

According to Manbites Dog Theater:

“It’s late night in a biomedical research lab and careers are on the line for five high-strung grad students. ‘The Office’ meets Lord of the Flies in this outrageously dark comedy….

Monica Byrne [dramatist] is a writer and playwright based in Durham. Her work has been developed by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Playwrights Roundtable, and Ravenclaw Salon. [Nightwork is her first play.] Her next work, What Every Girl Should Know, has been commissioned by Little Green Pig.

“In 2008, [Byrne] was awarded the Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship for creative research in Ethiopia, India, and the South Pacific. She was also the second alternate for the North Carolina Artist Fellowship in 2009. She is an invited resident at the Vermont Studio Center this spring to finish her first novel, The Girl in the Road, for which she also won a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant. She is a graduate of the Clarion Workshop, and has published in Wellesley Magazine, Atomica, Gargoyle, Electric Velocipede, Shimmer, and Fantasy Magazine. She holds degrees in biochemistry from Wellesley College and MIT.

Jay O’Berski (director) is the artistic director of Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and an associate artistic director of Manbites Dog Theater. He also teaches acting at Duke University, and is a graduate of the Moscow Art Theatre School (MFA in acting)….”

Manbites Dog Theater presents NIGHTWORK, world premiere of a new play by Monica Byrne, at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 27-29, 8:15 p.m. Feb. 3-5, 3:15 p.m. Feb. 6, and 8:15 p.m. Feb. 9-12 at Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $12 weeknights and $17 Friday-Saturday, except Jan. 27th pay-what-you-can preview (door sales only, $5 minimum), $5 Student Rush Tickets, and $2 discount for seniors 62+ and active-duty military personnel.

BOX OFFICE: 919/682-3343 or https://www.etix.com/.

SHOW: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/354/.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/5/.

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