The Deep Dish Theater Company is committed to the presentation of compelling, provocative, human-centered dramatic work in an intimate setting. We develop that work through the collaboration of artists, striving always to create productions that cannot be contained within a single imagination. We celebrate the communal nature of creating and experiencing a theatrical work, and we are determined to include and reach out to the surrounding community in all its diversity.

Since its inception, the Deep Dish Theater Company has produced in Chapel Hill's University Mall. Our presentations aim to challenge theatergoers, to explore issues and concerns of our community and the world-at-large, and to introduce new and rarely seen plays to our audience. Our current location in University Mall is evidence of our intention to reach across demographic borders to impact and educate the community as a whole; it does not indicate that our productions will be of a solely commercial nature, as our choices so far amply prove.

We currently produce four shows a year in our space at the University Mall, supplemented by "Side Dish" events like our Short Story evenings and our Singer/Songwriter series. In our second season we inaugurated the Deep Dish Book Club, in which we read and discuss a book related thematically to the production at hand. We also follow two performances per production with discussions featuring actors, production personnel, and a scholar or expert in a field related to the play's subject matter. We regularly offer acting and playwriting classes for those anxious to further explore the theatrical experience.

We are very proud of the accomplishments to date of the Deep Dish Theater Company, and look forward to contributing to the cultural richness of the Triangle for many years to come.

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About the Artistic Director
Paul Frellick is the founding Artistic Director of the Deep Dish Theater Company, where he has staged Endgame, Cat's-Paw, Ancestral Voices, Arms and the Man, A Lesson Before Dying, The Price, Lobby Hero, Hedda Gabler, The Misanthrope, Quilters, The Good Person of Setzuan, and the southeast premieres of Polish Joke, Via Dolorosa, and Permanent Collection. He also conceived and directed the company's Cancer Chronicles presentations, and staged Adam Sobsey's Hang Town Fry in a co-production with A Southern Season.

Paul grew up in Evansville, Indiana, where his first experience in the theater was playing the title character in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He graduated cum laude from Yale University and subsequently free-lanced for several years as an actor/director, working for such theaters as the Denver Center Theatre Company; the Indiana Repertory Theater; the Idaho Shakespeare Festival; the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in New Hampshire; the American Stage Company in St. Petersburg, Florida; and San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. Among his favorite projects were productions of All's Well That Ends Well, Loot, Too Marvelous for Words, Macbeth, Quilters, Biloxi Blues, and Billy Bishop Goes to War.

He lived for eight years in Chicago, where he served as Artistic Director of the Organic Theater and directed at several of the city's other Off-Loop stages. Among his projects were the world premieres of Of Grapes and Nuts, Role Play, and I Was Really Very Hungry (both on stage and, with Anne Archer, for a Chicago Theater on the Air radio broadcast), as well as work developing new scripts with Chicago Dramatists Theater. He remains a die-hard Cubs fan.

Since coming to Chapel Hill with his wife, Dr. Grace Baranek, in 1996, he has directed for many of the Triangle's theater companies. His credits include The Monogamist for Manbites Dog Theater; A Walk in the Woods and the American premiere of Rainshark for the GlobalArts Initiative; A Question of Mercy for the Burning Coal Theatre Company; Private Eyes for the Flying Machine Theatre Company; and Dark Rapture for the UNC-CH Professional Actors Training Program. He conceived and directed the revue, Politically Bent, for the ArtsCenter of Carrboro, and his writing projects include adapting Tim O'Brien's novel, In the Lake of the Woods, for the stage and co-authoring the play, Of Trailers and Trenches, about the plight of first-year teachers.

Contacting Deep Dish Theater Company
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Do you want to help out the Deep Dish Theater Company?
One important way that you can assist us is to spread the word about the Deep Dish Theater and our upcoming productions. We hope you'll help us spread the news about the "theater in the mall." As a start-up not-for-profit organization, our advertising strategy is built largely on word of mouth. For our part, the Deep Dish Theater Company will do our best to continue to serve up lively, exciting, provocative work that'll be worth telling others about.

Interested in a more "hands-on" approach? We can always use the help of community volunteers. We always appreciate helpful volunteers! If you'd like to work with Deep Dish Theater, you can call us at (919) 968-1515 or send us email at

You can also download a pdf mail-in volunteer application.

How can I support the Theater?
Great theater might be priceless, but it doesn't come cheap. Even though our productions take advantage of many donated goods and services, there are some theater essentials that only money can buy.

Financial support from individuals is an important source of income for the Deep Dish Theater Company. If you'd like to play a part in furthering our efforts to better serve the community, you may send a check to our mailing address at Deep Dish Theater Company, PO Box 4382, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-4382. You may also donate online. All donations are tax-deductible, and your name will be listed in our program as a donor.

You may also download and print out the Deep Dish Theater contribution card and mail it in with your donation.

The Deep Dish Theater Company of Chapel Hill holds annual general auditions in the spring, and subsequent auditions for specific projects are held throughout the year. The Deep Dish Theater offers classes in various disciplines throughout the season, depending on instructor and space availability and student interest. You can send a picture and resume to us by email at Interested technical, design, and management personnel are encouraged to do so as well.

The Deep Dish Theater offers classes in various disciplines throughout the season, depending on instructor and space availability and student interest. You can send a picture and resume to us by email at Interested technical, design, and management personnel are encouraged to do so as well.

Donation Requests
Thank you so much for thinking of Deep Dish Theater as a possible silent auction or raffle prize donor. We receive many requests throughout the year and, as a nonprofit organization ourselves, we must be judicious with our allocation.
Currently, our priority organizations/affiliations are these, in order: 1. Triangle-area nonprofit arts organizations 2. Orange County nonprofit social service organizations 3. Autism and related nonprofit service organizations 4. Others on a individual basis
For more information or to request a donation, please contact the Theater Manager at

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You may also download and print out the Deep Dish Theater contribution card and mail it in with your donation.

201 S Estes Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Box Office: (919) 968-1515

Wed-Thu: $23, $21 seniors, $19 students
Fri-Sun: $25, $23 seniors, $21 students
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Box Office: Wed-Sat, 3:00-6:00
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Wednesday - Thursday: 7:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 8 pm
Sunday Matinee: 2 pm