Three openings of note this week – the 2 performance-only “Black Pioneers Project” explores the history of integration and real-life struggles of the first African American students at the University of North Carolina; Bare Theatre returns to Sonorous Road with Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” and NRACT opens Steve Martin’s historical stage comedy, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.”
Get your tickets while you can!
The Black Pioneers Project (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Nov. 4 & 6, Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC, Chapel Hill – The Process Series in partnership with the Southern Oral History Project have spent the past year collecting stories from the earliest African American students at UNC and transposed those testimonies to the stage in an examination of integration and overcoming racism
A Charlie Brown Christmas/Jingle Bell Juke Box – Oct. 28 – Nov. 13, Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – RLT gets into the Christmas spirit early with a double feature, consisting of toe-tapping, rockin’ fifties fun at a soda shop and Eric Schaeffer’s stage adaptation of one of the most beloved TV specials of all time from Charles Schultz
The Crucible (CLOSING) – Oct. 19 – Nov. 6, Paul Green Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Playmakers Repertory celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new staging of the seminal Arthur Miller indictment of mass hysteria and witch hunts
The Open House – Oct. 27 – Nov. 12, Manbites Dog Theatre, Durham – Emerging in the 2000s as one of the more distinctive voices in American theatre, playwright Will Eno seems determined here to upend the entire concept of the “family play” in this Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning script
Picasso at the Lapin Agile (OPENING) – Nov. 4 – 20, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, and a host of colorful characters meet in a 1904 Parisian café in Steve Martin’s first comedy for stage
Richard III (OPENING, pictured above) – Nov. 4 – 20, Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh – Bare Theatre concludes its post-apocalyptic War of the Roses saga with this stand-alone take on the rise and fall of one of Shakespeare’s most notorious characters
The Trump Card (CLOSING) – Oct. 2 – Nov. 7, Manbites Dog Theatre, Durham – We all take a certain share of the responsibility or blame (depending how you look at it) for the phenomenon that is Donald J. Trump in this open source monologue by Mike Daisy, performed by Carl Martin
Two Turtle Doves (OPENING) – Nov. 3 – 12, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Christmas in Hawaii gets somewhat less paradisiacal when a high school girls basketball coach and one of his former players seek a romantic getaway after his wife left him and discover that he is being blamed for a student’s suicide
– Photo above by G. Todd Buker
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