The inauguration of our 45th president officially marks the beginning of either an era of hope and growth or a time of terrifying bigotry, inequality, and insecurity depending on your point of view. For the former group, enjoy your Inauguration Day and we hope that the next several years are truly filled with growth and unity promised. The latter group may find hope, or at least good company and a safe space at either of two local theatrical happenings.
Bare Theatre will be staging a one-night-only reading of Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming,” which the playwright has authorized royalty-free to dozens of theatres all over the nation on Inauguration Day. Playmakers Rep will gather for a safe space in the Ghostlight Project the night before.
And of course there’s plenty of great drama, music, and comedy happening on stages in our area:
Always…Patsy Cline (OPENING) – Jan. 20 – 29, Fletcher Opera Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – Sally Struthers stars in this touring production of the famed country singer’s story, hosted by NC Theatre
Blackbird (CLOSING) – 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
The Ghostlight Project (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Jan. 19, 5:30pm at two locations – Inspired by the tradition of leaving a lit “ghostlight in a darkened theatre, Playmakers joins theatres across the country for a collective action of bringing light in a challenging time
Playmakers Repertory, Chapel Hill – Center for Dramatic Art, UNC
Sonorous Road, Raleigh – 209 Oberlin Rd.
Heisenberg (OPENING) – Jan. 19 – Feb. 5, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh – A woman spots an older man at a train station and the two find an unexpected and unlikely connection in Simon Stephens’ 2015 play
No Shame Theatre (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Jan. 21, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Comedy sketches, dramatic monologues, songs, dance pieces, rants, dadaist constructions, magicians, juggling, puppets – anything goes at this monthly impromptu jam
Orlando – 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
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 Taming (ONE NIGHT ONLY, pictured above) – Jan. 20, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh – Bare Theatre joins over 40 independent theatre companies around the nation for a one-night staged reading of Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming,” performed on Inauguration Day 2017 to imagine what could have been with a woman in power
The Whipping Man – 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
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