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PlayMakers announces casting for ‘Sweeney Todd’

Broadway’s David St. Louis & Annie Golden to head Sondheim musical (Chapel Hill, N.C.—March 4, 2016) PlayMakers Repertory Company announces casting of the lead roles for its upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” to be presented March 30-April 23. David St. Louis will play bloodthirsty barber Sweeney Todd…. Read More ›

Strong Performances Can’t Save Rebeck’s Bland “Seminar” Script

Imagine the most intense teacher you’ve ever had, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Leonard (Ray Dooley), one of the main characters in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, onstage now as part of Playmakers Repertory Company’s season, is like. Rebeck’s brief-but-dense play is quick and to the point, performed with no intermission and inviting… Read More ›

Writing teacher Ray Dooley (center) as Leonard critiques a story for Carey Cox as Kate and Schuyler Scott Mastain as Douglas (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Seminar Makes for a Very Enjoyable 90 Minutes of Entertainment at PlayMakers Repertory Company

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill creative writing students may enjoy this show and may recognize themselves and some of their instructors in Seminar. Adam Versényi, chair of UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art and dramaturg for this PlayMakers Repertory Company production, says, “[T]he question at the root of this seminar is not so much… Read More ›

Writing teacher Ray Dooley (right) as Leonard critiques a story by Schuyler Scott Mastain as Douglas in PlayMakers Repertory Company's production of Seminar by Theresa Rebeck (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Ray Dooley Stars as Leonard, the Ego-Shredding Writing Teacher, in Seminar by Theresa Rebeck

For the second mainstage production of its 2015-16 season, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the hit 2011 Broadway dramatic comedy, Seminar, starring PRC mainstay — and arguably the best actor in the Triangle — Ray Dooley as Leonard, the no-nonsense mentor to a group of young writers, on Oct. 14-16, 18, 20-23, 25 and Oct…. Read More ›

Nicole Gabriella Scipione (left) as Emily welcomes Benjamin Curns as Isaac and Rasool Jahan to the apartment that she shares with her husband, Amir (photo by Jon Gardiner)

“Disgraced” Bravely Tackles the Touchiest of Tough Topics

Religion. Politics. The ugly side of our deeply-ingrained cultures. These are topics that most people and far too many playwrights steer clear of. However, that is certainly not the case in Ayad Akhtar’s multi-layered, self-reflective Disgraced, onstage now through Playmakers Repertory Company under the skilled direction of Shishir Kurup. When the curtains open on Disgraced,… Read More ›