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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 ›

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 ›

"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 ›

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 ›

Ray Dooley stars as The Poet, who spins a spellbinding yarn of love and war in “An Iliad” for six shows Sept. 5-9 at PlayMakers Repertory Company (photo by Jon Gardiner)

As The Poet (Homer) in “An Iliad,” Ray Dooley Adds a New Laurel to His Acting Crown: Storyteller Supreme

Already one of the brightest stars in the PlayMakers Repertory Company firmament — and arguably the Triangle’s finest actor — Ray Dooley proves to be a Storyteller Supreme as The Poet (i.e., a distraught and disheveled Homer in modern dress) in the rousing PRC2 second-stage production of “An Iliad,” now sparkling on scenic designer scenic and costume designer Marion Williams’ minimalistic set in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill.

PlayMakers Repertory Company Audience Favorite Ray Dooley Will Star as the Storyteller in “An Iliad”

PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay and audience favorite — and, arguably, the Triangle’s finest actor — Ray Dooley will star as the storyteller in “An Iliad,” a 2012 OBIE Award-winning one-man one-act play by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, adapted from Robert Fagles’ 1990 translation of Homer’s Iliad, on Sept. 5-9 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ray Dooley as Salter and Josh Barrett as the scruffy, maladjusted, and menacing Bernard 1, who is dangerous -- very dangerous -- when angry (photo by Andrea Akin)

Send in the Clones: Ray Dooley and Josh Barrett Are Electrifying in “A Number” at PlayMakers Rep

“A Number” consists of a series of tense father-and-son reunions in which Salter (played with quiet desperation by Ray Dooley) answers a series of increasingly uncomfortable questions about the parentage of his three sons — the well-groomed, well-adjusted, but persistent Bernard 2; the scruffy, maladjusted, and menacing Bernard 1; and the easygoing and only mildly curious Michael Black, whom Salter did not raise — all limned with vivid strokes by Josh Barrett.

"A Number" runs Sept. 7-11 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill

Caryl Churchill’s “A Number,” a Provocative Drama with a Sci-Fi Twist, Is First Up for PlayMakers Rep

“Part psychological thriller, part topical scientific speculation, and part analysis of the relationship between fathers and their sons, [‘A Number’] combines elegant structural simplicity with an astonishing intellectual and emotional depth…. What a tremendous play this is, moving thought-provoking and dramatically,” writes the London Daily Telegraph.