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Tangela Large (center) stars as Selah in Leaving Eden at PlayMakers Rep (photo by HuthPhoto)

PlayMakers Rep’s Riveting Leaving Eden Is Fast-Paced, Entertaining, and Thought-Provoking

Last Saturday, opening night of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Leaving Eden — written by Mike Wiley and directed by Vivienne Benesch, with music and lyrics by Laurelyn Dossett — began with the offstage rhythm of a strong tribal drumbeat and ended with a standing ovation from the near-sellout crowd. Between the initial beating of the drum… Read More ›

Tangela Large and Tristan Parks (right) star as Selah and Moses in Leaving Eden (photo by HuthPhoto)

Leaving Eden at PlayMakers Rep Exposes a Small N.C. Town’s Racist Past — and Present

From April 4th to April 22nd, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the world premiere of Leaving Eden, a play with music written by Raleigh, NC playwright and actor Mike Wiley and directed by Vivienne Benesch, with music and lyrics by Piedmont, NC singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett. The first work fully commissioned by the University of North… Read More ›

National Theatre Live’s Angels in America Broadcast Was Flawed, But Valuable

In 1991, San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre Company premiered a new work by American playwright Tony Kushner. Entitled Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Part One: Millennium Approaches, the play examined the interconnecting lives of several New Yorkers during the mid-1980s, as the homophobic Reagan administration dragged its feet in addressing the AIDS… 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 ›

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 ›