NC's PlayMakers Has Well, Menagerie, Pericles, Young Ladies Of… and More in 2008-09

News   NC's PlayMakers Has Well, Menagerie, Pericles, Young Ladies Of… and More in 2008-09 PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC, announced a 2008-09 season that will start with the Red Clay Ramblers adding songs to Shakespeare and end with Heather Raffo's portrait of Middle Eastern women, 9 Parts of Desire.

PlayMakers is the professional theatre company in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All performances will be presented at UNC's Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road.

Shakespeare's Pericles is part of the troupe's Mainstage series, while 9 Parts (April 22-26, 2009) is one of three works in the second season of PlayMakers' second stage series, PRC2.

The other PRC2 works are the HIV drama, In the Continuum (Sept. 10-14), by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter and The Young Ladies Of … (Jan. 7-11, 2009) by and featuring actor-playwright Taylor Mac in an "autobiographical story of a man whose father died quite young, and the son's desire to learn who his father was in order to better understand himself."

On the Mainstage, Pericles (Sept. 24-Oct. 12) will feature original music and songs written especially for this production by Jack Herrick of Chapel Hill's Red Clay Ramblers. PlayMakers' producing artistic director Joseph Haj will direct.

Dates and descriptions of the 33rd mainstage season follow:

  • Blue Door (Oct. 22-Nov. 9) by Tanya Barfield, the area premiere of "the story of a 50 year old African-American university professor whose wife leaves him because of his reluctance to embrace his identity."
  • The Little Prince (Nov. 26-Dec. 14) by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, based on the book by Antoine de St. Exupéry, a return of PlayMakers hit production of the magical classic about an aviator who crashes in the Sahara and "an ethereal Little Prince from another planet" who "helps him see his world through the wonder of a child's eyes."
  • Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie (Jan. 25-Feb. 28, 2009) and Lisa Kron's Well (Jan. 24-March 1, 2009), in rotating repertory.
  • Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (April 1-19, 2009), adapted by Jon Jory. For more information call (919) 962-PLAY or visit www.playmakersrep.org.

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    Based in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, PlayMakers is the Carolinas' premiere resident professional theatre company. New York's Drama League named PlayMakers one of the "best regional theatres in America" and the North Carolina Theatre Conference gave PlayMakers its "Professional Theatre of the Year" award for 2007.