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Ray Dooley stars in William Leach's adaption of A Christmas Carol (photo by HuthPhoto)

Ray Dooley Captures the Pure Spirit of Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol at PlayMakers Rep

I’m in Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, watching PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of A Christmas Carol:. It is the Fezziwig Christmas Party scene, and I’m seeing magic: Barrels of ale rolled in by galloping dancers in festival frocks, a rollicking… Read More ›

Ray Dooley stars in William Leach's adaption of A Christmas Carol (photo by HuthPhoto)

Ray Dooley Brings Scrooge & Co. to Life in A Christmas Carol on Dec. 12-23 at PlayMakers Rep

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Art faculty member and PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Ray Dooley will bring a host of unforgettable characters from Charles Dickens’ beloved 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol, to full, glorious life on Dec. 12-17 and 19-23 in the intimate 265-seat Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in UNC’s… 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 ›

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 and Julie Fishell star in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers’ Stellar Cast Juggles Truth and Illusion in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

The stellar four-person cast of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s professional-theater-in-residence explores the essential Truths and Illusions of life in Academia, at a backwater New England college, while two professors and their wives who get together for a nightcap after a faculty party hurl verbal hand grenades at each other.

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" runs Nov. 30-Dec. 18 in the Paul Green Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill

PlayMakers Mainstays Ray Dooley and Julie Fishell Will Star in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstays Ray Dooley and Julie Fishell will exchange verbal brickbats as George and Martha in PRC’s provocative production of prize-winning New York playwright Edward Albee’s epic R-rated 1962 Battle of the Sexes, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” on Nov. 30-Dec. 18 in the Paul Green 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.

"Amadeus" stars Michael Urie and Ray Dooley

“Amadeus” Stars Michael Urie and Ray Dooley

The PlayMakers Repertory Company of Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Symphony of Raleigh will present a joint production of English playwright Peter Shaffer’s heavily fictionalized 1979 stage play, “Amadeus,” starring “Ugly Betty” actor Michael Urie as Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and PlayMakers mainstay and arguably the Triangle’s finest actor Ray Dooley as Mozart’s “friend” and rival, Italian composer Antonio Salieri, on Dec. 3-5.

At PlayMakers Rep, Winnie Gets That Sinking Feeling in “Happy Days” by Samuel Beckett

PlayMakers Repertory Company will kick off its ambitious 2010-11 season with a stellar PRC2 second-stage production of HAPPY DAYS, a 1961 masterpiece of the Theater of the Absurd, penned by avant-garde expatriate Irish playwright and 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Samuel Beckett (1906-89), on Sept. 8-12 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Guest director Rob Melrose will stage this offbeat two-character comedy with two of PlayMakers Rep’s brightest stars, Julie Fishell and Ray Dooley, playing Winnie and Willie.