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Playwrights Roundtable and FATE Theater – SCRIPT CITY | Apr 11

Adam Sampieri in rehearsal

An evening of 8 new short plays showcasing works by local playwrights will premiere on Sunday, April 11 at The ArtsCenter in CarrboroScript City is a collaboration between The ArtsCenter’s resident playwrights lab, the Playwrights Roundtable, and FATE Theater

“FATE was set to perform its own evening of new plays by local playwrights at Durham’s Common Ground Theater back in February, but a snowstorm ‘persuaded’ the company to cancel.” says Paul Newell, director of the Playwrights Roundtable. “As it turns out, all of the plays in the FATE lineup were written by members of the Roundtable.  So of course we wanted to bring in as much of that show as we could for our semi-annual slot at The ArtsCenter.”

Adds Newell, “Traditionally, Roundtable playwrights have directed their own plays.  But FATE, a company of directors and actors, will direct and perform the Roundtable plays this go-around.”  Both groups are excited about all the possibilities.

The show looks to be an eclectic mix of new works.  Mark Cornell’s All the Answers takes place in a world somewhere between heaven and hell.   Cornell’s protagonist ironically seeks answers to the meaning of life from an Omniscient teenager.  In The Trial, playwright Steve Gallagher re-imagines a scene from Kafka’s novel as a Monty Python-esque military tribunal.

Dave Rabinowitz provides a scene from his full-length play in which two well-meaning angels with attention deficit disorders bumble the holy order.  Two other plays follow the format of old-fashioned radio plays: B Holroyd draws her inspiration from Aesop’s Fables in Lion and Mouse whereas Annie Taft evokes a film-noir-meets-CSI murder mystery in NCISSVUCSI.

Rounding out the evening are Exit Right by John Paul Middlesworth, Facing Change by Debbie Barrett, and Possum Dying by Deborah Kaufman.  Yes, it’s all new, all original, all the time!

The ArtsCenter is a local non-profit that depends on the support of our community in order to provide a home for these types of productions.  In order to improve the facility and look to long-term sustainability, The ArtsCenter is embarking on a major fund-raising campaign called Keep Arts Centered which explains the needs The ArtsCener must fulfill in order to ensure programs such as these can continue.    For details on how you can help beyond your support of this program, please look for details coming very soon on our website at

  • WHEN: Sunday, April 11 @ 7pm
  • WHERE: The ArtsCenter 300G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510
  • TICKETS: Suggested Donation $5   919-929-278

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