Only one opening to note this week, Jay O’Berski’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” which transports the play to a 1960’s office in Kansas. Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s “The Beautiful Beast” spends its last weekend in Chapel Hill before moving to Raleigh, and the Women’s Theatre Festival closes out its inaugural run.
Here’s what’s onstage near you:
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
Creature – Aug 26 – Sept 11, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre (NRACT), Raleigh – Tiny Engine serves up Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed 2009 play that bridges the gap between medieval times with a story inspired by the real Margery Kempe, a proprietress of a brewery whose sudden vision of Jesus Christ raised questions of faith and heresy, and female sainthood
Maccountant (OPENING, pictured above) – Sept 1 – 17, Common Ground Theatre, Durham – Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern opens its eleventh season with a 1960’s era Mad Men take on Shakespeare’s infamous “Scottish Play,” in which the heath of Scotland is replaced with a Wichita accounting office
Memphis (CLOSING) – Aug 19 – Sept 4, Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh – The Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical follows the rise of an African American club singer and the semi-biographical DJ who was the first to play soul music on white radio in the 1950’s
WTF: The Women’s Theatre Festival (CLOSING) – 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
Body Types, Stereotypes, and Type Casting: A Panel Discussion (ONE NIGHT ONLY) – Sept 3, Flowe Bldg 110, William Peace University, Raleigh – This panel discussion focuses on the inherent biases theatre and film have created over a century of selective casting
Music and the Mirror (CLOSING) – Aug 20 – Sept 3, Sonorous Road Theatre, Raleigh – Dancers use their bodies and craft as an alternate form of storytelling
– Above still image from video by Nick Karner
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