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Haymaker’s “Living with the Tiger” Will Have Its World Premiere at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham

"Living with the Tiger" debuts on Oct. 20th at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham

"Living with the Tiger" debuts on Oct. 20th at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham

Haymaker, a new performance company recently relocated from Washington, DC to the Triangle, will present the world premiere of its latest collaborative creation, Living with the Tiger, on Oct. 20-23 and 26-30 and Nov. 2-5 at Manbites Dog Theater as part of the Durham, NC-based theater company’s “Other Voices Series.”

According to Haymaker:

“Haymaker and its three co-producing artistic directors, Akiva Fox, Emily Hill, and Dan VanHoozer, relocated to the Triangle from Washington, DC in February to start the company. The Triangle seduced the three not only with charm and BBQ, but also with an abundance of smart and willing audiences.

“‘We looked all over the country for a place to start our company,’ says Hill. ‘We chose to move here because of Durham’s ‘anything is possible’ attitude. And with no state laws regulating tiger ownership in North Carolina, this is the perfect show to introduce ourselves to the Triangle with.’

Living with the Tiger explores a uniquely American phenomenon: almost twice as many tigers live in captivity in the United States as live in the wild worldwide. Inspired by the stories of Americans who keep tigers in their homes, Haymaker has created Living with the Tiger by collaging together these stories with memories, songs, literature, visual art, and just about anything else that isn’t nailed down.

“‘For us, the production is less about the realities of tiger ownership than it is about chasing the American Dream,’ says Fox. ‘What happens when one person’s pursuit of happiness becomes a menace to society?’

Living with the Tiger, directed by Colin Hovde, will be part of the ‘Other Voices Series’ at Manbites Dog Theater, now in its 25th season.

“‘We’re honored to be a part of Manbites’ 25th year, and a part of the incredible creative culture here in the Triangle. We just hope the show can be as imaginative as the place we live,’ says VanHoozer.”

SECOND OPINION: Oct. 19th Durham, NC Independent Weekly preview by Chris Vitiello:; and Oct. 18th Durham, NC Herald-Sun preview by Cliff Bellamy: (Note: You must register first to read this article).

Haymaker presents LIVING WITH THE TIGER (world premiere) at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 20-22, 3:15 p.m. Oct. 23, 8:15 p.m. Oct. 26-29, 3:15 p.m. Oct. 30, and 8:15 p.m. Nov. 2-5 at Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $12 weeknights and $17 Friday-Sunday, except Oct. 20th pay-what-you-can preview (door sales only, $5 minimum), $5 Student Rush Tickets with ID, and $2 discount for seniors 62+ and active-duty military personnel.

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