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PlayMakers Rep Makes a Splash with “The Tempest”

To misquote the hit ABC comedy, “Modern Family,” “Excuse me, [Julie Fishell ] could play Batman and be the right choice.” A great strength in the current PlayMakers Repertory Company production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest lies in the gender-blind casting of the sorcerer Prospero. With a mop of brilliant white hair and goatee, a… Read More ›

The PRC cast for "The Tempest" includes (from left) Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Caliban, Julia Gibson as Stephano (standing) and John Allore as Trinculo (photo by Michal Daniel)

Magic Is Afoot in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Twinbill of “The Tempest” and “Metamorphoses”

 There is magic afoot at PlayMakers Repertory Company, which will stage a twinbill of incomparable English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare’s valedictory play, The Tempest (1610-11), and Chicago playwright and director and Northwestern University professor Mary Zimmerman’s 1998 play, Metamorphoses, based on David R. Slavitt’s 1994 free-verse translation of The Metamorphoses of Ovid, a narrative… Read More ›


“Surviving Twin,” Written and Performed by Loudon Wainwright III, Will Premiere at UNC on Sept. 4-8

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s professional-theater-in-residence, PlayMakers Repertory Company, will present the world premiere of Surviving Twin, written and performed by 66-year-old Grammy Award® winner Loudon Wainwright III, on Sept. 4-8 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art. (Three-time Grammy nominee Loudon Wainwright III won the 2010… Read More ›

PlayMakers Repertory Company Creates a Version of “Cabaret” That’s Unforgettable

Who doesn’t love Cabaret? First-time viewers of the show and long-time loyalists alike are sure to enjoy PlayMakers Repertory Company’s spin on the classic. Directed by Joseph Haj and based on the late-90s Broadway version of the play, this production brings the raunchy Berlin of the 1930s to full and glorious life. Swinging choreography, daring… Read More ›

New York actor, playwright, and singer/songwriter Taylor Mac will star as the gender-bending Emcee of the Kit Kat Klub in PlayMakers Rep's production of "Cabaret" (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Drag Artist Taylor Mac Will Star as the Gender-Bending Emcee in “Cabaret” at PlayMakers Rep

PlayMakers Repertory Company will conclude its critically acclaimed 2012-13 main-stage season on April 3-7, 9-14, and 16-21 with the darker, more disturbing 1998 version of the 1966 Broadway musical Cabaret, starring New York actor, playwright, singer/songwriter, and OBIE Award®-winning drag artist Taylor Mac as the gender-bending Emcee of Berlin’s Kit Kat Klub in the early… Read More ›