Throughout its 15-year run, the Deep Dish Theater Company
was 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 celebrated the communal nature of creating and experiencing a theatrical work, maintaining a determination to include and reach out to the surrounding community in all its diversity.
The Deep Dish Theater Company
produced in Chapel Hill's University Place (formerly University Mall). Our presentations aimed 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 location was a testament to our intention to reach across demographic borders to impact and educate the community as a whole.
Over the course of 15 seasons, we produced four shows a year in our space at the University Mall, supplemented by "Side Dish" events like our New Play Workshop and occasional visiting productions. 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 offered pre- and post-performance discussions featuring actors, production personnel, and scholars or experts in a field related to the play's subject matter.
The fall of 2015 marked the final months of our residency at University Place and featured our first repertory offering with simultaneous productions of The Cherry Orchard
and Outside Mullingar
. We remain grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the cultural richness of the Triangle for 15 years.
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, How I Got that Story, State of the Union, Uncle Vanya, Glengarry Glen Ross, Mi Vida Loca, Othello, After the Revolution, Henceforward..., Next to Normal, Arcadia, The Liar, The Cherry Orchard
and the southeast premieres of Polish Joke, Via Dolorosa, Permanent Collection, Orson's Shadow, The Gratitude of Wasps, Body Awareness, A Queer Kiss,
and The Landing
. He also 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.
Paul Frellick, Artistic Director
Karen Curtin, Chair
Dave Halstead, Vice Chair
David Lederer, Treasurer
Doris Friend, Secretary
Howard AldrichKenneth Broun
Dorothy Recasner Brown
Myra Lucretia Taylor
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Jamie Blankenship, Theater Manager
Jennifer Bauer, Prod. Stage Manager
Tony Lea, Resident Director