Lots of shows opening this week!
In the final two weeks of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series, this is the one weekend where you can double your fun. Theatre in the Park closes Bill Cain’s “Equivocation,” a musing on what would have happened if Shakespeare had been commissioned to write about the infamous Gunpowder Plot, and Bare Theatre opens a brand new take on one of the most iconic tragedies in theatre-dom: “Macbeth.”
Theatre Raleigh opens Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men,” and Burning Coal opens two more solo pieces: “Dark Vanilla Jungle” and “Rum & Vodka.” PlayGround premieres “Harbor Hope” at Common Ground, and the Playwrights’ Roundtable features an evening of its all-time favorite shorts.
Here’s what’s taking the stage across the Triangle this week:
The Cantey Awards (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – June 23, Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – RLT hosts its free annual awards ceremony
The Color Purple – June 12 – 28, Clare Hall, St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh – The Justice Theater Project presents the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s classic – get tickets soon because many shows are already sold out
Dark Vanilla Jungle (OPENING) – June 17 – 27, Burning Coal at the Murphey School, Raleigh – Burning Coal’s “Wait Until You See This” second stage series opens this stomach-churning one-hander from playwright Philip Ridley in which an abandoned teenage girl, groomed as a sex slave, must do the unthinkable
Equivocation (CLOSING) – June 5 – 21, Theatre in the Park, Raleigh – Bill Cain’s 2009 script imagines that the Prime Minister of England commissions Shakespeare to write the true history of Guy Fawkes’ infamous gunpowder plot – which potentially reveals a cover-up that goes all the way to King James; part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series
A Few Good Men (OPENING) – June 17 – 28, Kennedy Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – Theatre Raleigh takes the stage with Aaron Sorkin’s 1989 military courtroom drama, made famous by the 1992 film
Harbor Hope (OPENING) – June 18 – 28, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Debra Kaufman’s script shows how challenging social work can be as a woman tries to help an abused client – only to find herself in too deep – in this PlayGround production
Macbeth (OPENING) – June 19 – 27, Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre, and July 24 – Aug. 1 at Forest Theatre, Chapel Hill – Bare Theatre and Raleigh Little Theatre conclude the Wherefore series with a new take on Shakepeare’s iconic tragedy, this version focusing on the family bonds that are ultimately torn apart when a valiant Scottish lord and his ever-inciting wife choose the quickest (and bloodiest) path to power
Redux: The 10th Anniversary Show (ONE WEEKEND ONLY) – June 19 – 21, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Playwrights Roundtable presents some of its favorite shorts from the past ten years, pulled from over 120 pieces as well as some PlaySlam crowd-pleasers
Rum & Vodka (OPENING) – June 18 – 27, Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School, Raleigh – From Burning Coal’s playwright-of-choice Conor McPherson comes this solo act in which a working class Irishman goes on a three-day bender and makes questionable life choices
Sea Wall – June 11 – 28, Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School, Raleigh – Burning Coal’s second stage series presents this Simon Stephens play about a man facing uncertainty and loss
Theatrefest – May 28 – June 28, Thompson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh – University Theatre’s annual celebration features three 20th Century Broadway hits:
Side by Side by Sondheim – June 4, 5, 7, 13 and 17 – 21 – The Tony Award-winning musical revue from cherished composer Stephen Sondheim features favorite numbers from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Follies,” “Company,” and more
Wait Until Dark – June 11 – 14, 19 – 21, and 25 – 28 – Frederick Knott’s taut 1966 thriller plays out a deadly game of cat-and-mouse between dangerous criminals looking for lost drugs and an innocent blind housewife in Greenwich Village
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