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Manbites Dog Theater Will Host the World Premiere of Killian Manning’s “1*9*5*6 Degrees of Separation”

Killian E. Manning's latest performance piece, "1*9*5*6 Degrees of Separation," will have its world premiere on June 20-24 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC

Killian E. Manning’s latest performance piece, “1*9*5*6 Degrees of Separation,” will have its world premiere on June 20-24 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC

No Forwarding Address will present the world premiere of 1*9*5*6 Degrees of Separation, the latest dance theater piece written and directed by Dr. Killian E. Manning, on June 20-24 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC. This play is being presented as part of Manbites Dog’s “Other Voices Series.”

When the curtain rises on 1*9*5*6 Degrees of Separation, Manbites Dog Theater writes:

“It’s 1956, a very significant year for a lot of people, including Elvis Presley, Grace Kelly, Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Nikita Khrushchev, Glenn Gould, Dwight Eisenhower, and many others. Inspired by the Olympics, the Suez Crisis, TV Game shows, the birth of the Beats, and the year of her birth, [Killian] Manning’s latest performance piece, 1*9*5*6 Degrees of Separation, explores the imaginary time/space that might have been. Worlds collide when JFK competes in the Olympics, Khrushchev hosts a game show, Cathy Manning meets Ike, and Marilyn, Grace and Margot Fonteyn have a slumber party. Although no appearance by Kevin Bacon is scheduled, we can promise an evening full of humor, insight, pathos, and joyful possibility.”

J. Evarts as Marilyn Monroe

Derrick Ivey as Allen Ginsberg

Marcia Edmundson as Diane Arbus

Nicola Bullock as Andy Warhol

The cast for 1*9*5*6 Degrees of Separation includes J. Evarts as Marilyn Monroe, Derrick Ivey as Allen Ginsberg, Marcia Edmundson as Diane Arbus, and Nicola Bullock as Andy Warhol, plus Joe Baldock, Sarah Adams Bean, Leigh Hall, Jonathan Leinbach, Elisabeth Johnson, Nik Stasuli, Ronnie West, and Matthew Young.

SECOND OPINION: June 14th Durham, NC Herald-Sun preview by Cliff Bellamy: (Note: you may have to register to read this article online).

No Forwarding Address presents 1*9*5*6 DEGREES OF SEPARATION, created by Killian Manning, at 8:15 p.m. June 20-23 and 3:15 p.m. June 24 at Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $12 Wednesday and Thursday and $17 Friday-Sunday, with discounts for students, seniors, and active-duty military personnel.

BOX OFFICE: 919-682-3343 or




NOTE: On Friday, June 22nd, there will be a post-performance reception featuring Fabulous Fifties Finger Food prepared by Peau Parker.


Killian E. Manning: Manning.htm (Ballet School of Chapel Hill) and (University of North Carolina at Greensboro).


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