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Deep Dish Theater Will Workshop Eric Pfeffinger’s Dark Comedy “Hunting High or Glory Hallelujah!”

Anne-Caitlin Donohue and Timothy Corbett will star the workshop production of "Hunting High or Glory Halleluiah!" by Ohio playwright Eric Pfeffinger (photo by Devra Thomas)

Anne-Caitlin Donohue and Timothy Corbett will star the workshop production of "Hunting High or Glory Halleluiah!" by Ohio playwright Eric Pfeffinger (photo by Devra Thomas)

Deep Dish Theater Company will host a developmental workshop of Hunting High or Glory Hallelujah! — a deliciously dark comedy written by Toledo, OH dramatist Eric Pfeffinger and staged by Deep Dish artistic director Paul Frellick, with assistance from stage manager Brittany Bugge — on Jan. 11-15 in its performance space between The Print Shop and the Public Library at the Dillard’s end of University Mall in Chapel Hill, NC. The workshop will be sponsored in part by the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel.

According to Deep Dish Theater Company:

“Playwright [Eric] Pfeffinger is an Ohio-based writer who will be in residence for the workshop. The workshop will presented with minimal production values and script in hand, as the text continues to evolve. Audience members will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the play in post-performance conversations, and actors will be incorporating rewrites throughout the five-performance run. The cast for Hunting High includes Ashlea Barnett, Tim Corbett, Anne-Caitlin Donohue, and Eric Swenson.

Hunting High is a dark comedy set in North Carolina. An odd foursome, at least one of whom may well be a fugitive abortion clinic bomber, meet at a high school reunion. Originally commissioned by the Signature Theater in Arlington, VA, and a semifinalist for the O’Neill Conference, Hunting High explores the obligations of belief and the ease with which political violence can start to seem like a valid lifestyle choice.

“Pfeffinger’s plays have been produced at theaters across the country, including the Actors Theatre of Louisville; GeVa Theatre in Rochester, NY; the New Jersey Rep; and Chicago Dramatists. He has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Ohio Arts Council and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He’s been invited to speak or serve as a visiting playwright at Appalachian State University, Butler University, Valparaiso University, the University of Toledo, the College of Wooster, and the Toledo School for the Arts….

“Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel, fresh off a multimillion-dollar total renovation, offers visitors a completely updated experience, from the refreshed lobby and guest rooms to the renovated Shula’s 347 Grill and updated meeting spaces, including the largest ballroom in Chapel Hill. The hotel is off of Franklin Street with easy access to the UNC campus — an ideal base for exploring during a visit to the Triangle area.

“The Deep Dish Theater Company is committed to presenting compelling, human-centered dramatic work that contributes to the cultural richness of the Triangle area and challenges audiences to explore concerns of the community and the world-at-large.”

Deep Dish Theater Company presents HUNTING HIGH OR GLORY HALLELUIAH! (workshop production) at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12, 8 p.m. Jan. 13 and 14, and 2 p.m. Jan. 15 in its performance space between The Print Shop and 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, North Carolina 27514.

TICKETS: $12.

BOX OFFICE: 919-968-1515 or http://www.etix.com/. SHOW: http://deepdishtheater.org/productions?p=54.

SEASON: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/productions.

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

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

OTHER LINKS:

Eric Pfeffinger: http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsP/pfeffinger-eric.html (Doollee.com online guide to modern playwrights and plays).

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