Local theatre really gets going this week with a wide variety of offerings. Raleigh Little Theatre host an African American Theater Preview, allowing lots of companies the opportunity to showcase talent for the new year. RLT will also open “The Whipping Man,” which has pretty firmly established itself a contemporary classic.
Playmakers Repertory in Chapel Hill opens “De Profundis,” a work in development based on Oscar Wildes famous letter from prison. The Delta Boys open at Manbites Dog in Durham with “Orlando,” a Sarah Ruhl adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s gender bending novel.
Go out and take it in!
African American Theater Preview (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Jan. 15, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Triangle Friends of African American Arts brings together several local companies including RLT, Playmakers Rep, Theatre in the Park, Justice Theater Project, Manbites Dog, Theatre Raleigh, and Burning Coal for an evening of readings, songs and playwright commentary looking ahead at 2017
Blackbird – Jan. 6 – 22, Sonorous Road, Raleigh – South Stream Productions takes on David Harrower’s gripping drama about a young woman who confronts the older man who sexually abused her
De Profundis (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Jan. 11 – 15, Kenan Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Artists in Residence Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay show off the fruits of their 16-day development of a work based on Oscar Wilde’s letter to his former lover from the affair that landed Wilde in jail
Orlando (OPENING, pictured above) – Jan. 12 – 28, Manbites Dog Theater, Durham – The Other Voices Series finds The Delta Boys back onstage with Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of the Virigina Woolf story in which an Elizabethan man wakes up one day to discover he is now a woman
Rubber Peacock II: A Sex-Positive Cabaret (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Jan. 13, Motorco Music, Durham – Little Green Pig holds its second annual fundraiser for the LGBTQ Center of Durham, a night of glam rock and performance
Soar! The Hero Pigeons of WWI – Jan. 7 – Mar. 4 (weekly on Saturdays), this week at the North Regional Library, Raleigh – Raleigh Little Theatre’s Storytellers to Go commemorate 100 years since the United States’ entrance into World War I with a family-friendly story of a unit trapped behind enemy lines who were saved by a wounded carrier pigeon
The Whipping Man (OPENING) – Jan. 13 – 29, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – In the aftermath of the Civil War, a Jewish Confederate soldier returns to his now dilapidated estate to find two former slaves remaining; as they celebrate Passover together, old tensions rise in Matthew Lopez’s hit play
You Can’t Take it With You (RESCHEDULED) – Jan. 11 – 13, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – One Song Productions, Orange County’s student-run theatre company, stages the Kaufman and Hart comedic play that won the 1937 Pulitzer for Drama, in which an eccentric family makes impressions on a very uptight other clan
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