Lydia R. Diamond’s Stick Fly at PlayMakers Rep Is Thought-Provoking and Entertaining

Stick Fly stars (from left) Jamar Jones, Tori Jewell, and Anthony August, Omolade Wey, and AhDream Smith (photo by HuthPhoto)

For New York audiences, Stick Fly is, perhaps, Lydia R. Diamond’s best-known play, thanks to its 2011-12 Broadway run, produced by singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. But how does this play about an affluent African-American family vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard stand up 10 years later, during a pandemic, and in the State of North Carolina? Quite well,… Continue reading Lydia R. Diamond’s Stick Fly at PlayMakers Rep Is Thought-Provoking and Entertaining

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s No Fear and Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone Testifies to Art’s Power to Drive Social and Political Change

If Nina Simone were alive today, she would probably be Yolanda Rabun. Wake Forest, NC powerhouse actor/singer Yolanda Rabun can belt out a song with the best of them, and PlayMakers Repertory Company’s second-stage series (PRC2) has supplied the perfect vehicle to showcase her amazing talents, while sharing a poignantly moving story with an important… Continue reading PlayMakers Repertory Company’s No Fear and Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone Testifies to Art’s Power to Drive Social and Political Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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