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PlayMakers Repertory Company presentation of Kate Hamill's adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, directed by Taibi Magar, runs Oct. 18-Nov. 5 (photo by HuthPhoto)

Kate Hamill’s Fresh, New, Comic Reimagining of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility at PlayMakers Rep Is Whimsical and Witty

On Oct. 18-22, 24-27, and 29 and Nov. 2-5, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present New York City-based playwright and actress Kate Hamill’s fresh, new, comic reimagining of Jane Austen’s 1811 romance novel, Sense and Sensibility, which PRC describes as “a gossip-driven comedy of reason and romance,” in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of… Read More ›

Julia Gibson stars as Della in The Cake by UNC alumna Bekah Brunstetter (photo by HuthPhoto)

The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter Is Charming and Surprising, with a Superb Cast of Four

The Fall theater season has begun in earnest in the Triangle, and PlayMakers Repertory Company has started its mainstage season right with the regional premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s new play, The Cake. Brunstetter, who is a writer and co-producer of NBC’s acclaimed This Is Us television series, is a University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read More ›

The Cake stars Christine Mirzayan (left) as Macy and Julia Gibson as Della (photo by HuthPhoto)

Faith and Family Collide in Bekah Brunstetter’s Ripped-from-the-Headlines Drama The Cake

PlayMakers Repertory Company will kick off its 2017-18 mainstage season with the regional premiere of The Cake, written by Los Angeles, CA playwright Bekah Brunstetter and directed by Minneapolis, MN director Jeffrey Meanza, on Sept. 13-17, 19-22, and 24 and Sept. 26-Oct. 1 on the thrust stage of the Paul Green Theatre in the University… Read More ›

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 ›

The PRC production of My Fair Lady stars (from left) Ray Dooley as Colonel Pickering, PRC newcomer Mia Pinero as Eliza Doolittle, and Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Henry Higgins (photo by Jon Gardiner)

The Fairest of Ladies

PlayMakers Repertory Company once again has produced a spectacular performance in their rendition of the classic My Fair Lady. It is clear that the cast was chosen carefully not only to portray each character perfectly, but also to display a unique chemistry between themselves. Mia Pinero performed splendidly in her PlayMakers debut, her voice alone… Read More ›

The PRC production of My Fair Lady stars (from left) Ray Dooley as Colonel Pickering, PRC newcomer Mia Pinero as Eliza Doolittle, and Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Henry Higgins (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep Solves the Misogyny Problem of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady

A sculptor, on tiptoes, reaches up to kiss the ivory girl that he has carved. His lips barely graze hers before he draws back, a sudden realization crossing his face. The lips of the statue are warm. His name is Pygmalion; and his creation, Galatea, has come to life. More than 1,900 years after Ovid’s… Read More ›

Mia Pinero makes an auspicious PRC debut as Eliza Doolittle (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s My Fair Lady Is Fresh and Enlightening

Since it first appeared on Broadway in 1956, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe’s My Fair Lady has been a success with audiences everywhere. The famous musical, adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion tells the story of iconic character Eliza Doolittle, a poor Cockney flower seller living in 1912 London who sees a chance to… Read More ›

Allison Altman and Jenny Latimer star as Viola and Olivia in PlayMakers Rep's all-star presentation of Twelfth Night (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep’s Production of Twelfth Night Is Entertaining, But Offers Nothing New

“What is decreed must be; and be this so.” Countess Olivia’s point is well-made: what is meant to happen will happen. This appears to have been PlayMakers Repertory Company’s philosophy when staging its new production of Twelfth Night. Follow the playbook. Originally written for the close of the Christmas season, circa 1601-02, Twelfth Night, or… Read More ›

Twelfth Night stars Jenny Latimer as Olivia and Michael Keyloun as Feste (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep Opens Its All-Star Production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on March 1st

On March 1-5, 7-12, and 14-19, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present an all-star modern-dress production of Twelfth Night, a rollicking 17th century romantic comedy by English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare (1564-1616), in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally written for the close… Read More ›

Rasool Jahan (left) and Kathryn Hunter-Williams star as Esther and Mrs. Dickson (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PRC’s Intimate Apparel Proves Engaging and Deeply Moving

When the curtains first open on Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, onstage now at Playmakers Repertory Company under the direction of Raelle Myrick-Hodges, the audience is introduced to 35 year old Esther (Rasool Jahan) and immersed into the world she has created for herself stitch-by-stitch. Esther is an African-American seamstress, a maker of “intimate apparel” for… Read More ›

Intimate Apparel stars Rasool Jahan and Myles Bullock as Esther and George (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Rep Is a Story About Intimacy, Not Lingerie — About Hopes, Longing, and Pain

As the name suggests, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage is a very personal drama about love and relationships, hope, desire, and dreams. It follows the story of Esther, played by Rasool Jahan in the current PlayMakers Repertory Company production, directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges. Esther is a hardworking yet plain African-American seamstress who creates fashionable lingerie… Read More ›

Rasool Jahan (left) and Shanelle Nicole Leonard star as Esther and Mayme (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Repertory Company Chronicles a Black Seamstress’ Quest for Love and Respect in New York in 1905

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present Intimate Apparel, Brooklyn, NY African-American playwright Lynn Nottage’s prize-winning 2004 Off-Broadway play about the life and loves of a middle-aged African-American seamstress named Esther Mills, who lives in New York City at the dawn of the 20th century, on Jan. 25-29 and Jan. 31-Feb. 5 and Feb. 7-12 in the… 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 ›

Andrea Syglowski as tackles the title role of former May Queen Jennifer Nash (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep’s May Queen Is Well-Produced, But Its Gender Politics Are Troubling

The May Queen, a comedy by Molly Smith Metzler, was originally commissioned in 2014 by the Chautauqua Theatre Company of Chautauqua, NY, under the direction of first-year PlayMakers Repertory Company artistic director Vivienne Benesch, who was then serving as artistic director of Chautauqua Theatre Company. The dramedy (it provokes as many tears as laughs) follows… Read More ›

Andrea Syglowski as tackles the title role of former May Queen Jennifer Nash (photo by Jon Gardiner)

In The May Queen at PlayMakers Rep, Playwright Molly Smith Metzler Speaks with a Singularly Funny, Very Human Voice

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of The May Queen, an original comedy by award-winning playwright Molly Smith Metzler, on Nov. 22, 23, 26, and 27 and Nov. 29-Dec. 4 and Dec. 6-11 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally commissioned… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Jeffrey Blair Cornell (center) stars as Deputy Governor and Salem Witch Trials chief judge Thomas Danforth (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Repertory Company Puts the Spark Back into Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

crucible. A ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures. PlayMakers Repertory Company celebrates the 40th anniversary of its professional residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a production of The Crucible — last produced by the UNC’s professional-theater-in-residence in… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Jeffrey Blair Cornell (center) stars as Deputy Governor and Salem Witch Trials chief judge Thomas Danforth (photo by Jon Gardiner)

The Crucible at PlayMakers Rep Is Arthur Miller’s Cautionary Tale About the Salem Witch Trials’ Rush to Judgment

For the second production of its 2016-17 mainstage season, PlayMakers Repertory Company is staging a modern-dress theater-in-the-round production of The Crucible a timely topical drama by American dramatist, screenwriter, and essayist Arthur Miller (1915-2005), on Oct. 19-23, and 25-30 and Nov. 1-4 and 6 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina… Read More ›

The PlayMakers Repertory Company cast for Detroit '67 includes (from left) Rachel Christopher as Chelle, Charlie Hudson, III as Sly, Tangela Large as Bunny, and Myles Bullock as Lank in (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Detroit ’67 Is Sharply Relevant, But Predictable

While Tuesday night’s performance of the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 was in progress, many in Charlotte, North Carolina were preparing for a large protest over the shooting death of Keith L. Scott by local police earlier that day. Regardless of the circumstances of this particular incident, entire communities continue to… Read More ›

Myles Bullock and Rachel Christopher star as Lank and Chelle Poindexter (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 Is Set During a Watershed Year in Her Hometown

1967 was the year that changed everything for the City of Detroit and the fictional African-American family depicted in Detroit ’67, University of Michigan educated dramatist and actress Dominique Morisseau’s prize-winning play about a watershed year in her hometown, which is the inaugural mainstage production in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2016-17 season. The University of North… 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 ›

PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory Presents Violet

The kids have done it again! Onstage now at PlayMakers Repertory Company, as part of and the culmination to its “Summer Youth Conservatory,” a high school cast stars in the Broadway musical Violet. With music by Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, this fun musical stars young Ainsley Seiger… Read More ›

Ainsley Seiger stars as Violet and Presyce Baez (left) and Wilson Plonk star as Flick and Monty in the PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory production of Violet (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Teen Phenom Ainsley Seiger Tackles the Title Role in the PlayMakers SYC Production of Violet

The PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory (SYC) will tackle Violet, with a cast of high school actors under the direction of Matthew Steffens, on July 20-24 and 29-31 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. This 1997 Off-Broadway and 2014 Broadway musical features… Read More ›

Dan Hoyle will perform The Real Americans on April 27-May 1 in the Kenan Theatre as part of PlayMakers Rep's PRC2 second-stage series

The Real Americans Is as Real and Gritty as the Title Suggests

Written and performed by Dan Hoyle, The Real Americans, part of Playmakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 series, takes a look at a disillusioned young man who sets off on a road trip across America to find “the real Americans.” What he ultimately finds along the way is a melting pot of views and voices, each brilliantly… Read More ›

Dan Hoyle will perform The Real Americans on April 27-May 1 in the Kenan Theatre as part of PlayMakers Rep's PRC2 second-stage series

The Real Americans at PlayMakers Is Even More Relevant in This Time of Political Derision and Strife

Dan Hoyle brings what have become the stereotypes of the heartland of America to the small square of a stage in the Elizabeth Price Kenan TheatreUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s CEnter for Dramatic Art with a sense of humor, characterization, and poignancy that makes the current PlayMakers Repertory Company PRC2 presentation of The… Read More ›