The Women’s Theatre Festival takes off with four productions in three towns across the Triangle this week. The three new full-length works opening are “The Amazing Cunt and Lil’ Bitch” at The Green Monkey in Raleigh, “Bruisers” at Studio One in Burlington, and “Decision Height” at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
Also, Asheville’s Fox and Beggar Theatre comes to town for one night with “Tarocco,” a crowd-funded circus/puppetry/mask/music extravaganza at Fletcher Opera Theatre.
Be sure to catch some of these one-of-a-kind experiences!
The Beautiful Beast – Aug 5 – Sept 5, Forest Theatre, Chapel Hill – Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents its 17th annual summer extravaganza, this one a voyage of discovery of the creatures that inhabit our dreams, their beauty, and their magic
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
The Roaring Girl – Aug 6 – 20, Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh – Little Independent Theatre returns with a Jacobean comedy by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, this version transporting the action to 1946 Chicago and exploring issues of gender roles and identity
Tarocco (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Aug 13, Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh – A World War I infantryman trapped behind enemy lines tries to comfort his dying comrade with stories inspired by an old tarot deck, in this comedia dell’arte fusion of circus, dance, masks, puppetry, music, and animation
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
The Amazing Cunt and Lil’ Bitch Take Raleigh (OPENING) – Aug 12 – 20, The Green Monkey, Raleigh – From Triangle playwright Katy Koop comes a superhero dark comedy about justice, rape, revenge, and torture
Bruisers (OPENING) – Aug 11 & 12, Studio One, Burlington – Four college friends reunite after years apart and struggle with holding on to the past as well as looking into an uncertain future
Decision Height (OPENING) – Aug 12 – 21, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro – Meredith Dana Levy’s 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival award-winner shines a spotlight on the under-recognized women who served the U.S. Airforce in World War II
“Men Always Leave” and “The Traditionalists” (CLOSING) – Aug 6 – 14, Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh – Naima Ince’s one-act drama “Men Always Leave” looks at an African American woman’s struggle with abandonment issues and with the father of her son; “The Traditionalist” from Carol Torian looks at a seemingly perfect couple who grapple with domestic violence
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