PlayMakers Repertory Company is hosting SITI Company of New York City, which will present a FREE performance of its new work-in-progress, entitled Who Do You Think You Are, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18th, in Frey Rehearsal Hall in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. (Note: Although admission is free, the space is small, and e-mailing PRCresidencies@gmail.com to reserve seats is highly recommended.)
PlayMakers, which is UNC’s professional theater in residence, is providing artistic, technical, and administrative support to the Big Apple-based theater ensemble as it develops its latest performance piece, which is being presented at UNC as part of The Process Series, co-sponsored by Carolina Performing Arts and UNC’s Department of Communication Studies.
According to PlayMakers Repertory Company:
“[Who Do You Think You Are] had its inception in conversations between SITI Company founder Anne Bogart and former UNC associate professor of psychiatry R. Grant Steen. This dramatic exploration of the principles of brain science uses the structure and aesthetics of the  Rainer Werner Fassbinder film Katzelmacher [which is a pejorative Bavarian term for immigrant workers of Mediterranean origins] as a jumping off point to present a society that is complex, repressed and verging on domestic violence.
“The work-in-progress is presented as part of the current season of The Process Series, a program dedicated to the development and presentation of new and significant works in the performing arts to area audiences and the UNC community. A discussion with the creative artists will follow [the performance]. The Process Series is a program of Carolina Performing Arts, co-sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies. For more information, visit http://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/process-series/.
“SITI Company [has been] at PlayMakers for two weeks as part of a residency program that provides support for the company’s creative research and development with access to PlayMakers‘ professional staff, production shops, rehearsal halls, performance spaces, and the intellectual resources of UNC. SITI will then take its creation, devised from the media of theater, dance, performance art, video, visual art, music, and other imaginative influences, and incubated at PlayMakers, on to performances around the world.
“SITI is the second participant in the PlayMakers residency, which is supported by a $200,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding three annual residencies by theater ensembles. The grant also supports the Innovate@Carolina Campaign, a $125 million drive to help make Carolina a world leader in launching university-born ideas for the good of society. To learn more about the campaign, visit http://innovate.unc.edu/.
“SITI Company is a unique organization committed to providing a ‘gymnasium-for-the-soul’ where the interaction of art, artists, audiences and ideas inspire the possibility for change, optimism and hope. To learn more, visit http://www.siti.org/.
“Based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, PlayMakers is the Carolinas’ premiere resident professional theater company. The Drama League of New York has named PlayMakers one of the best regional theaters in America. Ticket packages are currently available for PlayMakers‘ 2012-13 season. For more on the new season, visit http://www.playmakersrep.org/.”
PlayMakers Repertory Company presents WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, a work-in-progress by the SITI Company, at 7:30 p.m. May 18 in Frey Rehearsal Hall in the Center for Dramatic Art, 120 Country Club Rd., at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
TICKETS: Admission is FREE, but reservations are recommended (to reserve tickets, e-mail PRCresidencies@gmail.com).
THE PROCESS SERIES: http://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/process-series.
PlayMakers Repertory Company: http://www.playmakersrep.org/.
Carolina Performing Arts: http://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/.
UNC Department of Communication Studies: http://comm.unc.edu/.
SITI Company: http://www.siti.org/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SITI_Company (Wikipedia).
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