This week, Triangle stages utter a collective roar! Paperhand Puppet Intervention is back for its 17th annual show in Chapel Hill, with huge puppets, music and fun for all ages in “The Beautiful Beast.”
Regional women in theatre lift their voices in the second week of the Women’s Theatre Festival, which opens “Men Always Leave” and “The Traditionalists” in Raleigh. Little Independent Theatre tells an old tale with a mid-20th Century twist in “The Roaring Girl,” about a boisterous and bawdy lady who defies gender stereotypes, and the Summer Sisters return to Common Ground with “Of Women and Wolves,” based on the feminist work by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.
It’s a great week to catch a show indoors or outdoors!
The Beautiful Beast (OPENING, pictured above) – Aug 5 – Sept 5, Forest Theatre, Chapel Hill – Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents its 17th annual summer extravaganza, this one a voyage of discovery of the creatures that inhabit our dreams, their beauty, and their magic
Failure: A Love Story (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Aug 5 – 7, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – One Song Productions stages Philip Dawkins’ musical fable about the doomed relationships between Mortimer and each of the four Fail sisters, who work at their family’s clock repair shop and experience untimely demises
Henry VI: The War of the Roses (CLOSING) – July 29 – Aug 7, Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Bare Theatre condenses all three of Shakespeare’s epic Henry VI plays (that inspired Game of Thrones) into a 90-minute post-apocalyptic venture into the historical War of the Roses – part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series
I Wish You a Boat – July 9 – August 28, Ward Theatre Company, Durham – Wendy Ward’s fledgling production company stages a Titanic-sized shipwreck in the intimate space the size of a living room in this sophomore effort
The Roaring Girl (OPENING) – Aug 6 – 20, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh – Little Independent Theatre returns with a Jacobean comedy by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, this version transporting the action to 1946 Chicago and exploring issues of gender roles and identity
Steel Magnolias (CLOSING) – July 27 – Aug 7, Kennedy Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – The popular late 80’s play-turned-film from playwright Robert Harling concerns a group of Southern women in a small town coping with the death of one of their own
Of Women and Wolves (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Aug 4 – 6, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Summer Sisters perform a devised piece inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ New York Times bestseller Women Who Run with Wolves: Myths and Stories of The Wild Woman Archetype
WTF: The Women’s Theatre Festival – July 30 – Sept 3, Raleigh/Carrboro/Sanford/Burlington – The first annual Women’s Theatre Festival addresses some fundamental inequities in local theatre – that only 25% of plays produced in the region last year came from female playwrights, and only 31% had female directors; this festival features a multitude of new works written, directed, and produced by women in venues from Sanford to Burlington
“Men Always Leave” and “The Traditionalists” (OPENING) – Aug 6 – 14, Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh – Naima Ince’s one-act drama “Men Always Leave” looks at an African American woman’s struggle with abandonment issues and with the father of her son; “The Traditionalist” from Carol Torian looks at a seemingly perfect couple who grapple with domestic violence
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