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“Superior Donuts” Is a Sweet and Soulful 2008 Comedy-Drama by Tracy Letts

David Sennett (left) and J. Alphonse Nicholson in "Superior Donuts" (photo by Jonathan Young)

David Sennett (left) as Arthur and J. Alphonse Nicholson as Franco in "Superior Donuts" (photo by Jonathan Young)

Deep Dish Theater Company will present Superior Donuts, a 2008 dramedy written by Tracy Letts and directed by Tony Lea, on Feb. 18-20 and 23-27 and March 2-6 and 9-12 in its performance space at the Dillard’s end of University Mall in Chapel Hill, NC. Letts is the 2008 Tony Award®- and 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning author August: Osage County.

According to Deep Dish Theater Company:

“You’ll find a ‘hole’ lot to love about Superior Donuts …. This sweet and soulful comedy-drama … continues the company’s 10th season at University Mall.

“‘It’s an interesting story, truthfully and artfully told,’ said Lea. ‘I always try to find the humor in any story and this one is rich with it, so I think [the audience] will laugh as well as think and feel.’

David Sennett and Susannah Hough in "Superior Donuts" (photo by Jonathan Young)

David Sennett and Susannah Hough in "Superior Donuts" (photo by Jonathan Young)

“Content to shuffle through life, Arthur Przybyszewski, a former 1960s radical, sees no need for change to the run-down donut shop he owns in Uptown, Chicago. His lone employee, an energetic but troubled teenager named Franco Wicks, has other ideas. An unlikely friendship grows and challenges both of their ways of thinking in this love letter to Chicago and its diverse communities.

“This Deep Dish production features a talented cast, including Corwin Evans, J.K. Ferrell, Susannah Hough, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Julie Oliver, Hampton Rowe, David Sennett, and Dan Sipp. The design staff includes Miyuki Su (set), Scott Marlow (lights), Angela Herold Cobb (costumes), Devra Thomas (properties), and Marc Maximov (sound). David McClutchey is the fight director, and Jen Bauer stage manages.

“The theater will present post-performance discussions on Sunday, Feb. 27th (led by Duke professor Bill Chafe), and Thursday, March 3rd (a ‘Meet the Designers’ discussion with the production staff). Karen Blansfield will give a pre-show ‘Meet the Play’ talk on Friday, Feb. 25th, at 7 p.m. The Deep Dish Book Selection, Hardball by Sara Paretsky, will be discussed on Monday, March 7th, at 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books [http://www.flyleafbooks.com/] of Chapel Hill.”

For details about the Deep Dish Book Club, click http://www.deepdishtheater.org/news?n=64.

Deep Dish Theater Company presents SUPERIOR DONUTS at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19, 2 p.m. Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26, 2 p.m. Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 3, 8 p.m. March 4 and 5, 2 p.m. March 6, 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 10, and 8 p.m. March 11 and 12 in its performance space between The Print Shop and the future home of the Public Library at the Dillard’s end of University Mall, at the intersection of Estes Dr. and U.S. 15-501, in Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

TICKETS: $19 ($12 students and $15-$17 seniors), except all tickets are $9 for “Cheap Dish Night” on Feb. 23rd.

BOX OFFICE: 919/968-1515 or http://www.etix.com/.

SHOW: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/productions?p=43.

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

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/location.

OTHER LINKS:

The Play: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superior_Donuts (Wikipedia) and http://www.ibdb.com/show.php?ID=484304 (Internet Broadway Database).

The Playwright: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracy_Letts (Wikipedia) and http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=379129 (Internet Broadway Database).

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