PlayMakers announces 2014-2015 season

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For immediate use: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

 

A Tony Award-winner straight from Broadway, a 20th century classic and a beloved tale from Shakespeare paired with a tour de force musical by Stephen Sondheim highlight the 2014-2015 main-stage season from PlayMakers Repertory Company.

 

“Our new season features plays fresh from award-winning New York runs along with contemporary classics,” said PlayMakers producing artistic director Joseph Haj. “It’s a lineup of compelling, thought-provoking, spectacularly entertaining theater that we can’t wait for Triangle audiences to see on our stage.”

 

In addition, details will soon be released for three timely, topical plays to continue PlayMakers’ PRC2 second-stage series, a dynamic combination of presenting stories onstage followed by engaging post-show dialogue between the artists and the audience.

 

PlayMakers is the professional theater company in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All performances will be presented in UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road. Main-stage productions will be in the Paul Green Theatre; PRC2 shows will be in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre.

 

Subscription packages for 2014-2015 are available for purchase. Renewing subscribers can secure their current seats for the new season through March 31. Call (919) 962-PLAY (7529) or visit http://www.playmakersrep.org for information.

 

Main-stage productions for 2014-2015 are:

 

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang: Sept. 17 to Oct. 5, 2014

Straight from an acclaimed Broadway run: Take one part Chekhov, add a heaping portion of hilarity with a dash of misery, mix with pop culture and shake furiously with laughter. The New York Times called the 2013 Tony Award-winner for Best Play: “Deliriously funny! Comic acting raised to the level of high art.” USA Today proclaimed the show “a wild, winning ride! Hugely entertaining!” The playwright’s reputation for outrageous, often absurd comedy prompted Entertainment Weekly to cheer, “Entirely, indisputably, oh-no-he-didn’t Durang!”

 

Into the Woods” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick; and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare. Performed in rotating repertory Nov. 1 to Dec. 7, 2014

PlayMakers will take audiences into the dark reaches of the forest with two tales of magic and transformation in the theater’s annual rotating repertory event.

 

A childless couple, a witch and a curse — in “Into the Woods,” Sondheim reveals the shadowy side of Grimm’s classic fairy tales in a funny and poignant exploration of the wishes we make, and what happens when they really do come true. The Los Angeles Times called the multiple Tony Award-winner “at once magical and scary… [it leaves you] restored, amazed and gasping for air.” Newsday said it is “a fairytale fantasia … you could get lost and not care if you emerge from its enchantment.”

 

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is perhaps the theater’s first “fairy tale,” featuring the King and Queen of the fairies, Oberon and Titania, their mischievous servant Puck and a spritely court. Shakespeare’s lyrical comedy weaves together a trio of stories set in a magical wood. During the course of a moonlit evening, four young lovers escape to the forest on a fantastic adventure that leaves them changed forever.

 

Trouble in Mind” by Alice Childress: Jan. 21 to Feb. 8, 2015

In rehearsals for a groundbreaking racially integrated production on Broadway in 1957, the leading actress must wrestle with a choice between the role of a lifetime or compromising her values. The Washington Post called the Obie Award-winner “wise and extraordinarily winning,” “scathingly funny” and “one of the best plays about racism ever written.” Broadway World described the bitingly satiric classic as a “vibrant, humorous and heartbreaking look at racism through the lens of the theater in America.”

 

“An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Arthur Miller: Feb. 25 to March 15, 2015

When a man discovers an environmental threat to his community, he is forced to stand alone, courageously exposing the corruption and lies threatening to destroy the town he loves. “An Enemy of the People” is a contemporary dramatic classic from the pen of two great masters, with Ibsen’s story retold in a powerful, politically relevant adaptation by Pulitzer Prize-winner Miller. PlayMakers is presenting the play to mark the centennial of Miller’s birth. London’s Financial Times described it as “provocative, startling, breathtaking.” The Daily Mail said it “confronts and makes us wonder.”

 

“4000 Miles” by Amy Herzog: April 1 to April 19, 2015

An elderly grandmother with a fading memory opens her door — and her life — to her wayward grandson. As an overnight couch-surf turns into an extended stay, “4000 Miles” unearths surprising commonality across generations in this emotionally compelling and humor-filled drama. A finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “4000 Miles” also won the Obie Award for Best New American Play. Time Magazine and The New York Times called it the best play of the season, and the Times said it was “funny, moving, altogether wonderful.” The Washington Post called it “a trip worth taking,” describing Amy Herzog as “a playwright of distinction.”

 

For information on PlayMakers’ 2013-2014 season, currently presenting Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” (through Feb. 9),  followed by the regional premiere of “Love Alone” (Feb. 26-March 16) and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical “Assassins” (April 2-20), visit www.playmakersrep.org or call (919) 962-PLAY (7529).

 

PlayMakers is based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

 

PlayMakers website: www.playmakersrep.org

 

PlayMakers contact: For more information, contact Connie Mahan, (919) 962-5359, cmahan@email.unc.edu.

College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093, spurrk@email.unc.edu.

News Services contact: Robbi Pickeral, (919) 962-8589, robbi.pickeral@unc.edu.