The first Hump of the New Year sees a variety of offerings from small local independent companies. It’s a great weekend to try something new!
The Caretaker – Jan. 2 – 18, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – South Stream Productions presents Harold Pinter’s first commercial success – and one of his most popular – in this tragicomedy about two brothers who take in a homeless man
Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green (OPENING) – Jan. 8 – 24, Swain Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill – Local playwright Howard Craft’s new work premieres courtesy of the Piedmont Performance Factory; one actor portrays an African American man who exists in five different dimensions alternately as a minstrel, a cult leader, an FBI informant, a struggling actor, and an unemployed mortgage broker
Habitus (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – Jan. 8 – 10, Manbites Dog Theater, Durham – The VECTOR company explores the role of violence and aggression in our lives through highly physical movement and cutting-edge motion-tracking video technology in an immersive performance installation
Love and Information (ONE WEEKEND ONLY, pictured above) – Jan. 8 – 11, The Carrack, Durham – The Delta Boys’ cast of five create a fast-moving kaleidoscope in which over a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know
Sorrow’s End (OPENING) – Jan. 7 – 19, Cary Arts Center, Cary – Owl Tree Theater for the People presents Nathaniel Lachenmeyer’s story of a counseling session as a family trees to break their son free from a cult, revealing hidden agendas in the process
Transactors Improv: For Families (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Jan. 10, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Transactors Improv returns to the ArtsCenter with the theme 2015: Dreaming, Playing, and Adventures for the New Year, a 45-minute short-form improv evening for families with children K-8th grade
Wicked (OPENING) – Jan. 7 – 25, DPAC, Durham – The Broadway smash hit returns to DPAC to tell the “other” story of the most famous witch in film history
Wrestling Jerusalem (ONE WEEK ONLY) – Jan. 7 – 11, Kenan Theatre, UNC, Chapel Hill – Playmakers Repertory opens the year with a probing examination of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict written and performed by Aaron Davidman
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