Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s 1987 Comedy “Henceforward…” Is a Wickedly Funny Look at Love, Art, and Robots
Deep Dish Theater Company of Chapel Hill, NC will conclude its 11th season at University Mall with a high-octane production of 73-year-old English playwright and director Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s 1987 comedy, Henceforward…, on April 27-29; May 2-6, 9-13, and 16-19.
According to Deep Dish Theater Company:
“‘[Alan] Ayckbourn is one of the most brilliant comic minds in the history of the theater,’ [Deep Dish artistic director Paul] Frellick said, ‘and this play shows him at his most ingenious. Technologically and psychologically, this production easily qualifies as our most ambitious ever.’
“Jerome is a composer who samples real-life noises to make his music but has struggled to find the right sounds ever since his wife left him, taking their daughter with her. Convinced that only the daughter’s return can inspire him once more, Jerome concocts a plan to win back custody of the child, enlisting the help of an out-of-work actress and a malfunctioning robot named Nan.
“The production’s talented cast includes: Alex Anna, Mark Filiaci, Leanne Norton Heintz, Katja Hill, Jon Karnofsky, Gregor McElvogue, Madeline McKinney, and Ros Schwartz. The design staff includes Eric Davis (set), Liz Droessler (lights), LeGrande Smith (costumes), Devra Thomas (properties), Jonathan Young (video), and Michael Betts II (sound). Rachel Zielinski is the stage manager, assisted by Rachel McCrain; Danny Tauber is the technical director, and Ros Schwartz the vocal coach.”
Also according to Deep Dish Theater Company:
“Karen Blansfield, the dramaturg for the production, will present a pre-show ‘Meet-the-Play’ talk on Friday, May 4th, at 7 p.m. Post-performance discussions will take place on Sunday, May 6th (featuring Dr. Ron Alterovitz of the UNC Computational Robotics Group), and Thursday, May 10th (“Meet the Designers”). The Deep Dish Book Selection, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, will be discussed on Monday, May 14th, at 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books [http://www.flyleafbooks.com/]….
“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 HENCEFORWARD… at 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 28, 2 p.m. April 29, 7:30 p.m. May 2-5, and 2 p.m. May 6, 7:30 p.m. May 9-12, 2 p.m. May 13, and 7:30 p.m. May 16-19 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 “Cheap Dish Night” on Wednesday, May 2nd (door sales only).
BOX OFFICE: 919-968-1515 or http://www.etix.com/.
NEWS RELEASE: http://www.deepdishtheater.org/news?n=93.
NOTE 1: There will be a preshow ‘”Meet the Play” talk with dramaturg Karen Blansfield at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4th.
NOTE 2: There will be post-performance discussions on Sunday, May 6th (featuring Dr. Ron Alterovitz of the [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's] Computational Robotics Group[: http://robotics.cs.unc.edu/]), and Thursday, May 10th (“Meet the Designers”).
NOTE 3: The Deep Dish Book Selection is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, which will be discussed at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 14th, 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/The_Hitchhiker’s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy.)
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