Nilaja Sun Will Perform “No Child…,” Her Provocative Play About Public Education, at UNC-Chapel Hill

New York actress-playwright Nilaja Sun will perform her eye-opening one-woman show "No Child..." on Jan. 11-15 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for Dramatic Art
New York actress-playwright Nilaja Sun will perform her eye-opening one-woman show "No Child..." on Jan. 11-15 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for Dramatic Art

New York actress-playwright Nilaja Sun will perform her eye-opening one-woman show "No Child..." on Jan. 11-15 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for Dramatic Art
New York actress-playwright Nilaja Sun will perform her eye-opening one-woman show "No Child..." on Jan. 11-15 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for Dramatic Art

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present No Child…, a eye-opening play about public education written and performed by New York actress Nilaja Sun and staged by Brooklyn director Hal Brooks, on Jan-11-15 as part of its PRC2 second-stage series. Whitney McAnally will stage manage this critically acclaimed one-woman show, which will be performed in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art.

According to PlayMakers Repertory Company:

[Nilaja] Sun was a teaching artist in the New York public school system, while also writing and performing in numerous Off-Broadway shows. She turned this experience into a rapid-fire, kaleidoscopic look at a multiethnic classroom of students — plus their parents, school administrators and staff, including a janitor and a security guard working the front door metal detector.

No Child… is an exuberant, insightful portrait of life at fictional Malcolm X High School; a refreshingly un-cynical portrayal of some of the individuals shaping America’s next generation on the educational frontline,’ said PlayMakers producing artistic director Joseph Haj. ‘We’re thrilled to bring Nilaja Sun to our stage for a rousing theatrical look at a topic so meaningful to all of us in today’s society.’

No Child… has been showered with awards, including the OBIE Award, Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best New American Play and Best Solo Performance, and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Award for Best Solo Show, among others.

“The play has been hailed as an ‘intelligent, clear-eyed and sometimes painfully funny take on the absurdly dysfunctional state of public education,’ according to the Boston Globe. No Child… is ‘in a class by itself!’ raved The Washington Post. ‘No child left behind? Not while Nilaja Sun is around,’ reported The New York Observer.

“Hal Brooks will direct. Brooks is renowned for mounting powerful solo shows, such as Pulitzer Prize finalist Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno. Brooks staged the original production of No Child…, which has played nationally and internationally following its year-long OBIE Award-winning run Off Broadway. He is artistic director of the Cape Cod Theatre Project….

“This is the fifth season for PlayMakers‘ smash hit PRC2 series, where each presentation combines an intriguing, topical production coupled with engaging post-show discussions with the creative artists and expert panelists.

“During No Child… panelists will include: Graig Meyer, coordinator of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program [http://www2.chccs.k12.nc.us/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=5127]; Joel Rosch of Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy [http://www.childandfamilypolicy.duke.edu/]; Lynden Harris, founder and director of Hidden Voices [http://hiddenvoices.org/], a Hillsborough theater project; Raúl F. Granados Gámez, migrant youth director for the Levante Leadership Institute youth program of the Southeastern organization Student Action with Farm Workers [http://saf-unite.org/]; Brian Ammons, assistant professor of the practice in education at Duke [http://www. duke.edu/]; Dan Kimberg, founder and executive director of Student U [http://www.studentudurham.org/], a program for students in Durham Public Schools; and representatives of the UNC School of Education [http://soe.unc.edu/], Durham Public Schools [http://www.dpsnc.net/], and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools [http://www2.chccs.k12.nc.us/].

“Following No Child…, the PRC2 season concludes with the world premiere of Penelope, written and performed by Ellen McLaughlin, with live music composed by Sarah Kirkland Snider[, on April 25-29]. PlayMakers‘ main-stage season continues with Shakespearean coming-of-age epic The Making of a King: Henry IV & Henry V (performed in repertory Jan. 28-March 4) and the uproarious British farce Noises Off by Michael Frayn (April 6-24).

PlayMakers, the professional-theater-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Drama League of New York has named PlayMakers one of the best regional theaters in America and The Independent Weekly calls PlayMakers the best live theater company in the Triangle.”

SECOND OPINION: Jan. 4th Durham, NC Independent Weekly “Eight Days a Week” item by Byron Woods:

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/no-child/Event?oid=2724090.

PlayMakers Repertory Company presents NO CHILD …, written and performed by Nilaja Sun,

at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11-14 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Center for Dramatic Art, 120 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514, on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

TICKETS: $10-$35.

BOX OFFICE: 919-962-PLAY (7529) or http://www.playmakersrep.org/tickets/single.

SHOW: http://www.playmakersrep.org/nochild.

VIDEO PREVIEW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RR5v4xUE2Tw#!.

PRESENTER: http://www.playmakersrep.org/.

PRC BLOG: http://playmakersrep.blogspot.com/.

VENUE: http://playmakersrep.org/aboutus/kenan.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.playmakersrep.org/visitorinfo.

OTHER LINKS:

Nilaja Sun: http://broadwayworld.com/people/Nilaja_Sun/ (Broadway.com).

Hal Brooks: http://broadwayworld.com/people/Hal_Brooks/ (Broadway.com).

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Robert W. McDowell is editor and publisher of Triangle Theater Review, a FREE weekly e-mail theatrical newsletter that provides more comprehensive, in-depth coverage of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill theater than all of the other news media combined. This preview is reprinted with permission from Triangle Theater Review.

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By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).

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