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Edward O'Blenis (right) stars as Richmond in Count (photo by HuthPhoto)

Count’s Six Highly Skilled Actors Create a Chillingly Real Death-Row Pod at PRC

A couple of interesting statistics before we get started: there are about 2,843 people on death rows in the United States, including 154 of them in North Carolina and 63 of them in Federal prisons. In 2016, according to a May 2017 article published by The Sentencing Project of Washington, DC, there were 162,000 people… Read More ›

PlayMakers Rep mainstay Jeffrey Blair Cornell (left) stars as Maine in Count (photo by HuthPhoto)

Lynden Harris’ Count Is an Engaging New Play, Set on a Maximum-Security Prison’s Death Row

Last night, PlayMakers Repertory Company opened its 2017-18 season with Count: Stories from America’s Death Rows, an engaging new play written by Lynden Harris and directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams. This world premiere is a PRC2 second-stage production in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre on University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Count, which is… Read More ›

The cast of Count by Lynden Harris includes (from left) Chris Berry as Kansas City, Richard McDonald as Whitehouse, Gil Faison as Brownsville, and Brian D. Coates as Long Beach (photo by HuthPhoto)

On Aug. 23-27, Lynden Harris’ Count Will Depict a Day in the Life of Six Men on Death Row

PlayMakers Repertory Company will kick off its 2017-18 season on Aug. 23-27 with a world-premiere PRC2 second-stage production of Count: Stories from America’s Death Rows, written by Hidden Voices founder Lynden Harris, directed by PlayMakers Rep veteran Kathryn Hunter-Williams, and co-produced with Hidden Voices, which describes itself on its website as “a radically inclusive, participatory,… Read More ›

Tangela Large stars in PlayMakers' production of Mr. Joy (photo by Huth Photo)

In Mr. Joy at PRC, An Attack on a Chinese Immigrant Rallies His Harlem Customers

For the final production of its consciousness-raising 2016-17 PRC2 second-stage season, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present Mr. Joy, a one-woman show written by African-American actor/singer and playwright Daniel Beaty and directed by PlayMakers‘ first-year producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch, on April 26-30 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at… Read More ›

Nicole Villamil will star Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay's workshop production of De Profundis on Jan. 11-15

PlayMakers Rep’s De Profundis Is a Work-in-Progress That Might Just Be "Your Cup of Tea"

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 series is hosting a new work this weekend: De Profundis, co-created by Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay, directed by Mertes, designed by Findlay, and performed by Nicole Villamil. This piece would be more aptly referred to as “performance art,” rather than a “play.” It chronicles a performer’s attempts to approach a… Read More ›

Nicole Villamil will star in Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay's workshop production of De Profundis Jan. 11-15 at PlayMakers Rep (photo by Ken Huth)

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s De Profundis Is Unquestionably a Work-in-Progress

1897. A Prison in Berkshire, England. Solitary Confinement. Oscar Wilde writes a letter — 80 pages over 80 days — to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. 1905. Oscar Wilde has been dead for five years. A former lover, Robbie Ross, has the letter published. He assigns it the title De Profundis (Latin for “From the… Read More ›

Nicole Villamil will star Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay's workshop production of De Profundis on Jan. 11-15

Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay Will Workshop De Profundis on Jan. 11-15 at PlayMakers Rep

On Jan. 11-15, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present a PRC2 workshop production of De Profundis, an original play co-conceived by director Brian Mertes and designer Jim Findlay and starring Nicole Villamil, in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina’s Center for Dramatic Art. De Profundis, which is Latin for “from the… Read More ›

Lisa Loomer’s Distracted Is a Worthwhile Distraction for an Evening’s Entertainment

AUTHORS’ NOTE: This production of Distracted, written by Lisa Loomer and produced by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan Theatre Company, is a “Lillian Chason production.” Lillian Chason was a UNC Department of Dramatic Art student who died during the winter of 2009 — her first year at UNC. Her parents established… Read More ›

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen stars in Draw the Circle (photo by HuthPhoto)

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s Draw the Circle Is Truly a Tour de Force at PlayMakers Rep

Although the story of PlayMakers Repertory Company world premiere of Draw the Circle is unique to the family in which it occurs, it is universal in its observation of love within the family structure. That does not mean it is an easy story. Author Mashuq Mushtaq Deen has chosen to have no character for his… Read More ›

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen stars in PRC's world premiere of Draw the Circle (photo by HuthPhoto)

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s Solo, Draw the Circle, Chronicles His Female-to-Male Transition

PlayMakers Repertory Company will kick off its 2016-17 season on Aug. 24-28 with the world premiere of Draw the Circle, an autobiographical one-man show about his female-to-male transition written and performed by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen and directed by Chay Yew. There will be a freewheeling talkback with the artists and selected subject-matter experts, following each… Read More ›

KJ Sanchez’s “Highway 47” Offers Hard-Hitting Self-Exploration

Highway 47, which just finished its all-too-brief run as part of Playmakers Repertory Company’s second stage series, PRC², is a deeply personal story written and performed by KJ Sanchez. The story, which Sanchez says her mother asked her to tell…but not until after she was gone, is part family history and part…well…history history. Sanchez focuses… Read More ›

Highway 47, KJ Sanchez’s History Lesson About Old New Spain, Is a Wonderful One-Woman Show

KJ Sanchez wrote, performs, and co-directs (with Lisa Portes), PlayMakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 cureent production of Highway 47, a compelling story of a family feud that erupted in the 1960s, concerning property in Tomé, New Mexico (formerly New Spain, settled by the family in 1680, and granted to them in 1734 by the King of… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company's PRC2 series will present Highway 47, written and performed by KJ Sanchez, on Jan. 6-10 in UNC-Chapel Hill's Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre (photo by Ania Sodziak)

In Highway 47, KJ Sanchez Transforms Her Family’s Story into Capital-H History at PlayMakers Rep

Theater is most rewarding when we, the audience, can be informed, inspired, and uplifted while being entertained. PlayMakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 presentation of Highway 47 delivers on all counts. Written and performed by KJ Sanchez, and co-directed by Sanchez and Lisa Portes, Highway 47 is a multidimensional story of a woman, her family, her community,… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company's PRC2 series will present Highway 47, written and performed by KJ Sanchez, on Jan. 6-10 in UNC-Chapel Hill's Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre (photo by Ania Sodziak)

In PRC2’s Highway 47, KJ Sanchez Turns Her Family History into a Provocative One-Woman Show

On Jan. 6-10, PlayMakers Repertory Company will ring in the New Year with Highway 47, playwright and performer KJ Sanchez’s critically acclaimed one-woman show dramatizing what the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s professional-theater-in-residence calls “a true tale of tangled history, family politics, and land rights in a high-desert New Mexico town” and “a… Read More ›

Visibly Nervous, Trieu Tran Stiffly Gesticulates and Shouts His Way Through “Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam”

We all have stories of trials and tribulations of growing up. It’s not often easy, especially for people in minority groups or countries in turmoil. Trieu Tran and Robert Egan have developed the story of Mr. Tran’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to America into the one-man show Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam, directed by Egan… Read More ›

PlayMakers Rep’s Engaging “Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam” Is a Tale of Two Uncles (or Is It Three?)

Every good work of art engages its audience with a story. The better ones have the ability to convey universal truths through their own particular details. PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2015-16 season-opening PRC2 presentation of Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam is one such work. While we see but one performer, this is a two-man show. It… Read More ›

Trieu Tran co-wrote and stars in "Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam" (photo by Craig Schwartz courtesy the Center Theatre Group)

“Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam” Is Trieu Tran’s Personal Tale of a Haunting Search for Sanctuary

PlayMakers Repertory Company will kick off its 2015-16 season with a provocative PRC2 production of Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam, co-written and performed by Trieu Tran and co-written and directed by Robert Egan, on Aug. 26-30 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art…. Read More ›

"Mary's Wedding" stars Myles Bullock and Carey Cox (photo by Andrea Akin)

“Mary’s Wedding” at PlayMakers Rep Is a Wistful Story, Beautifully Told, About Love, War, and Regret

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s PRC 2 production of Mary’s Wedding, directed by Cody Nickell, is a dream play told from the mind’s eye of memory. It takes place on the eve of Mary’s wedding, with Mary (played by Carey Cox) telling the audience about a recurring dream that she has about Charlie (played by Myles Bullock),… Read More ›

“Mary’s Wedding” stars Myles Bullock and Carey Cox (photo by Andrea Akin)

“Mary’s Wedding” Is Hauntingly Beautiful

Stephen Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding, directed by Cody Nickell and currently onstage as party of Playmakers Repertory Company’s second stage series, PRC2, is a non-linear play that tells the story of a pair of young people who fall in love. Innocent and doe-eyed Mary (Carey Cox) meets and quickly falls head-over-heels in love with Charlie (Myles… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present "Mary's Wedding" by Stephen Massicotte on April 29-May 3 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill

WWI Separates Lovers in Stephen Massicotte’s Haunting 2002 Dream Play, “Mary’s Wedding”

In Canadian actor, playwright, and screenwriter Stephen Massicotte’s haunting 2002 two-character “dream play,” Mary’s Wedding, the advent of World War I (1914-18), and the upsurge of patriotic fervor, separates two star-crossed lovers: a Canadian farm boy and the girl that he leaves behind when he marches off to fight in a conflict that was foolishly… Read More ›

Mark Perry’s “The Will of Bernard Boynton” Is a Must-See Family Drama at UNC-Chapel Hill

There is something particularly special about the opening night of a brand-new play. These characters, these situations, these thoughts, these feelings -– they have never been performed for the public prior to tonight. Thursday night’s performance of the Kenan Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of Mark Perry’s The Will of Bernard Boynton was no exception. We… Read More ›

PlayMakers Rep Announces Its 2015-16 Season

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PRC2 Grapples with “Wrestling Jerusalem”

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s second-stage series, ” PRC2,” strives to produce theatrical works that are reflections of current events, opening the doors to conversations within communities. Their current offering, Aaron Davidman’s Wrestling Jerusalem, is a meditation on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. Davidman wrote and stars in the piece, which is a cobbled-together collection of stories,… Read More ›

Aaron Davidman’s New Solo, “Wrestling Jerusalem,” Drills to the Core of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

PlayMakers Repertory Company will ring in the New Year on Jan. 7-11 with the regional premiere of Wrestling Jerusalem, written and performed by Aaron Davidman and directed by Michael John Garcés, in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Set in the… Read More ›

In “Johnny Johnson,” Johnny Came Home Damaged — Really Damaged — from the War to End All Wars

Kenan Theatre Company guest director Serena Ebhardt and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill music professor Dr. Tim Carter succeeded beyond our already high expectations in bringing Paul Green and Kurt Weill’s 1936 production of Johnny Johnson, to the stage in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the UNC Center for Dramatic Art. The… Read More ›

“Johnny Johnson” Is a Harsh Reminder That the “War to End All Wars” Didn’t

Those soldiers are gone now, but many of us remember our grandfathers and the proud veterans who paraded on Armistice Days in towns around America, and still the war continues. The “war to end all wars” ended up spawning more wars. But thanks to Serena Ebhardt and Dr. Tim Carter, Johnny comes marching home again… Read More ›

Playwright/performer Roger Guenveur Smith gives a bravura performance in "Rodney King" (photo by Patti McGuire)

“Rodney King” Playwright and Performer Roger Guenveur Smith Puts on an Acting Clinic

Rodney King playwright and performer Roger Guenveur Smith is putting on an acting clinic this week for PlayMakers Repertory Company in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. The 59-year-old Berkeley, CA native’s searing solo about the tragic life and untimely death, at age… Read More ›

Rodney King

“Rodney King,” Written and Performed by Roger Guenveur Smith, Opens Sept. 2nd at PlayMakers

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of Rodney King, a powerful 65-minute one-man show written and performed by 59-year-old Berkeley, CA native Roger Guenveur Smith, on Sept. 2-7 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Rodney King is the first of… Read More ›

“Hold These Truths” Is Mesmerizing and Multidimensional

Gordon Hirabayashi is not a name that most people have ever heard of, but, behind that name lies an incredible story. Hirabayashi was a Japanese American who, in the midst of World War II, was ordered to report to an interment camp. In the most American of ways possible, Hirabayashi refused, writing a letter of… Read More ›

PRC’s Regional Premiere of “Hold These Truths” on April 23-27 Chronicles a 44-Year Struggle for Justice

For the final presentation of its 2013-14 PRC2 second-stage series, PlayMakers Repertory Company will stage the regional premiere of Hold These Truths, a one-man show written by Jeanne Sakata and performed by Joel de la Fuente, under the direction of Lisa Rothe, on April 23-27 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of… Read More ›