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“The Baltimore Waltz,” a Critically Acclaimed Comedy by Paula Vogel, Opens Feb. 24th at Deep Dish Theater

"The Baltimore Waltz" runs Feb. 24-March 17 at Deep Dish Theater in Chapel Hill, NC

"The Baltimore Waltz" runs Feb. 24-March 17 at Deep Dish Theater in Chapel Hill, NC

Deep Dish Theater Company will present Washington, DC-born 60-year-old playwright and Yale School of Drama professor Paula Vogel’s critically acclaimed 1992 Off-Broadway comedy, The Baltimore Waltz, on Feb. 24-26, Feb. 29-March 4, and March 7-11 and 14-17 in its performance space between The Print Shop and the Public Library at the Dillard’s end of University Mall in Chapel Hill, NC.

According to Deep Dish Theater Company:

“‘We’re very excited to be presenting this ground-breaking play,’ said [Deep Dish] artistic director Paul Frellick. ‘It works on so many different levels, with an effervescent theatrical energy and a raw emotional power. Paula Vogel has had such an influence on American theater, and this piece certainly demonstrates why.’

“A sensation when it opened in [Off-Broadway in January 1992], The Baltimore Waltz follows a brother and sister (Jesse R. Gephart and Mary Forester) who flee a frightening medical diagnosis by embarking on a fantastical trip across Europe. A third actor (Kit FitzSimons) plays the quirky characters they encounter, including the Little Dutch Boy (at age 50) and Harry Lime, from the classic movie The Third Man. Ms. Vogel is the OBIE Award-winning writer of such celebrated works as Desdemona, A Play about a Handkerchief [1979] and How I Learned to Drive [1997], for which she was awarded the [1998] Pulitzer Prize [for Drama for How I Learned to Drive].

“Director Chip Rodgers is a Raleigh native currently living in New York City, where he has worked with such theaters as the Wooster Group, St Ann’s Warehouse, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2011, his work was featured in Time Out New York for the sound design of the Blueprint Theater Project’s Largo, a dance-theater piece performed in a nightclub.

“A founding member of United Broadcasting Theater Company, where he devised Arcane Game at Incubator Arts Project, he is currently developing the sci-fi opera The Life and Times of Bruno Tallywacker, premiering in 2013 at the Performing Garage. Later this spring in the Triangle, he will direct Hungry at Stillwater Theater and assistant direct Penelope at PlayMakers Repertory Company.

The Deep Dish cast for "The Baltimore Waltz" includes (from left) Kit FitzSimons as the Third Man, Mary Forester as Anna, and Jesse R. Gephart as her brother Carl (photo by Jonathan Young)

The Deep Dish cast for "The Baltimore Waltz" includes (from left) Kit FitzSimons as the Third Man, Mary Forester as Anna, and Jesse R. Gephart as her brother Carl (photo by Jonathan Young)

“The production staff for The Baltimore Waltz includes Chris Bernier (set design), David Serxner (costume design), Scott Marlow (lighting design), Brittany Bugge (properties), and Marc Maximov (sound design). Jenny Wales is the vocal coach, Jen Bauer the stage manager, and Lisa Keaton the dramaturg….

“There will be a preshow ‘Meet the Play’ talk with the dramaturg on Friday, March 2nd, at 7 p.m.; and post-show discussions on Sunday, March 4th, and Thursday, March 8th.

“The Deep Dish Book Selection, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, will be discussed on Monday, March 12th, at 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books….

The Baltimore Waltz replaces the previously announced Terra Nova [by Ted Tally].

“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 THE BALTIMORE WALTZ at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25, 2 p.m. Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29-March 3, and 2 p.m. March 4, 7:30 p.m. March 7-10, 2 p.m. March 11, and 7:30 p.m. March 14-17 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: $19 Wednesday and Thursday and $21 Friday-Saturday ($14 students and $17 seniors on Wednesday and Thursday and $19 seniors on Friday-Saturday), except $10 “Leap Cheap Dish Night” on Feb. 29th (door sales only).

BOX OFFICE: 919-968-1515 or http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=3094&cobrand=deepdishtheater.

SHOW: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/productions?p=51.

NEWS RELEASE: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/news?n=91.

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

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

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

NOTE 1: There will be a preshow ‘”Meet the Play” talk with dramaturg Lisa Keaton at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd.

NOTE 2: There will be post-performance discussions on Sunday, March 4th, and Thursday, March 8th.

NOTE 3: The Deep Dish Book Selection is the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, which will be discussed at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12th, at Flyleaf Books (http://www.flyleafbooks.com/), 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. (For details about this novel, click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visit_From_the_Goon_Squad.)

OTHER LINKS:

The Play: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baltimore_Waltz (Wikipedia) and http://www.lortel.org/ (Internet Off-Broadway Database).

The Script: http://books.google.com/ (Google Books).

The Playwright: http://yaledrama.net/facebook/bio.php?display=212 (Yale School of Drama) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Vogel (Wikipedia).

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