Two rebellions take the stage this week. Bare Theatre and Raleigh Little Theatre open “Henry VI: The War of the Roses,” which transports Shakespeare’s history of English civil war into a Mad Max-inspired dystopia, and the region’s first Women’s Theatre Festival – a month-plus affair – commandeers its first stage to protest the under-representation of women in the theatre industry.
Fans of the ever-popular Steel Magnolias will want to catch Theatre Raleigh’s take, which opens this weekend as well.
It’ll be hot out there, but even hotter onstage!
Hamlet (CLOSING) – July 15 – 31, Leggett Theatre, William Peace University, Raleigh – Honest Pint Theatre Company lives up to its name by delivering Shakespeare’s masterwork about the titular prince of Denmark, with musical interludes between acts – part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series
Heathers (CLOSING) – July 15 – 31, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – The 1988 cult movie got a stage adaptation in 2014 and now darkens the stage at NRACT in a high school musical that is decidedly not for the kids
Henry VI: The War of the Roses (OPENING, pictured above) – July 29 – Aug 7, Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – Bare Theatre condenses all three of Shakespeare’s epic Henry VI plays (that inspired Game of Thrones) into a 90-minute post-apocalyptic venture into the historical War of the Roses – part of the Wherefore: Shakespeare in Raleigh series
I Wish You a Boat – July 9 – August 28, Ward Theatre Company, Durham – Wendy Ward’s fledgling production company stages a Titanic-sized shipwreck in the intimate space the size of a living room in this sophomore effort
Mary Poppins (CLOSING) – July 26 – 31, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh – The beloved nanny from one of the most popular Disney films of all time lands on stage (by umbrella, of course) for a one-week run by North Carolina Theatre
No Shame Theatre (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – July 30, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Comedy sketches, dramatic monologues, songs, dance pieces, rants, dadaist constructions, magicians, juggling, puppets – anything goes at this monthly impromptu jam
Steel Magnolias (OPENING) – July 27 – Aug 7, Kennedy Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – The popular late 80’s play-turned-film from playwright Robert Harling concerns a group of Southern women in a small town coping with the death of one of their own
Violet (CLOSING) – July 20 – 31, Paul Green Theatre, UNC-Chapel Hill – Playmakers’ summer youth conservatory presents the country/bluegrass/gospel/honky tonk musical from Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley in which a girl with a disfiguring scar embarks on a journey from North Carolina
WTF: The Women’s Theatre Festival – July 30 – Sept 3, Raleigh/Carrboro/Sanford/Burlington – The first annual Women’s Theatre Festival addresses some fundamental inequities in local theatre – that only 25% of plays produced in the region last year came from female playwrights, and only 31% had female directors; this festival features a multitude of new works written, directed, and produced by women in venues from Sanford to Burlington
Occupy the Stage (24 hours) – July 30 – 31, The Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh – In a symbolic theatrical movement to protest the under-representation of women in theatre, WTF will “occupy” for 24 hours straight, presenting a host of short and full-length works
– Photo above by Ron Yorgason
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