October 4th, 2013Deep Dish Theater presents A QUEER KISS - Oct. 25-Nov. 16
Two boys and their parents find themselves at the center of an emotional storm in Joel Drake Johnson's play A Queer Kiss
, being given its world premiere by the Deep Dish Theater Company October 25 to November 16. Directed by Artistic Director Paul Frellick, the play continues the company's thirteenth season at University Mall.
A Queer Kiss
was developed in the theater's New Play Workshop last January, presented as a 5-night series of staged readings. "The play has evolved considerably in the course of this year," noted Frellick. "Joel was able to make good use of the time here in January, and his finely nuanced story has become even richer and more complex in the subsequent months. We are thrilled to be taking the play to the next level, and to be contributing to the cultural discussion going on locally and globally."
The drama follows two high school friends, Scott and Bret (Matthew Hager and Daniel Doyle), who share a seemingly innocent kiss that leads to a swirl of accusation, recrimination and fear. As their parents (MaryKate Cunningham, Jonathan Leinbach, Catherine Rodgers and Tony Lea) struggle to glean what is going on with their sons and determine how best to support the boys, events quickly spin out of control. Playwright Johnson is a Chicago-based writer whose plays have been produced at Chicago's renowned Steppenwolf and Victory Gardens theaters, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and across the country (his play The Fall to Earth
was produced by Durhams Manbites Dog Theatre). He has taught playwriting at Northwestern University and was for many years a high-school drama teacher.
The design staff includes a number of Deep Dish veterans, including Miyuki Su, who designed sets for Superior Donuts, Nathan the Wise
and The Cripple of Inishmaan
; Elizabeth Droessler, whose lighting has adorned such productions as Othello, After the Revolution
; longtime Deep Dish properties master Devra Thomas; and Marc Maximov, whose sound designs include Mi Vida Loca
and She Stoops to Conquer
. Alyssa Breeden is the costumer, Lisa Keaton the dramaturg, David Berberian the technical director and Jeff Phillips the stage manager.
The theater will present a pre-show "Meet the Play" talk on Friday, November 1 at 7 pm as well as a series of post-performance discussions (go to www.deepdishtheater.org for a schedule of those discussions). The Deep Dish Book Selection, Alison Bechdel's graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
, will be discussed on Monday, November 11, at 7 pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
Performances begin Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday (matinee) at 2 p.m. Deep Dish is located in Chapel Hill's University Mall, on Estes Drive and US 15-501.
Tickets are $24 for adults and $21 for seniors, with a $2 discount for Wednesday and Thursday shows. Student tickets are $16 for all shows. Wednesday, October 30 is "Cheap Dish Night" all tickets are $12 (no reservations accepted). Call 919-968-1515 for ticket reservations and for more information visit www.deepdishtheater.org.October 1st, 2013Deep Dish Theater announces discussions to accompany world premiere production of A QUEER KISS
The Deep Dish Theater announces a slate of post-show discussions in conjunction with its world premiere production of A Queer Kiss
, a play by Joel Drake Johnson, playing October 25-November 16 at University Mall. Each discussion will begin promptly after the performance. The play's running time is approximately 90 minutes, and patrons not attending the performance are welcome to enter the theater afterwards for the discussion. All discussions are free and open to the public.
The schedule of discussions is as follows:
Sunday afternoon, October 27: A conversation with dramaturg Lisa Keaton and director Paul Frellick
Sunday afternoon, November 3: A panel discussion with members of iNSIDEoUT, a youth-led organization striving to form, strengthen, & network Gay-Straight Alliances
Thursday evening, November 7: "Meet the Designers" a discussion with the production team
Sunday, November 10: A conversation with playwright Joel Drake Johnson and the cast
Thursday evening, November 14: A discussion with Dr. Janie Long, Director of the Duke University Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
In addition, Lisa Keaton will give a pre-show, "Meet the Play" talk on Friday, November 1, at 7 p.m., and the Deep Dish Book Selection, Allison Bechdel's acclaimed graphic novel Fun Home, A Family Tragicomic
, will be discussed on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
A Queer Kiss
follows two high school friends who share a seemingly innocent kiss that leads to a swirl of accusation, recrimination and fear. Performances begin Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday (matinee) at 2 p.m. Deep Dish is located in Chapel Hill's University Mall, on Estes Drive and US 15-501.June 2nd, 2013A Queer Kiss by Joel Drake Johnson
Two high school boys and their parents are caught in a storm of accusation, recrimination and burgeoning sexuality. The world premiere of this moving exploration of adolescence from the dual perspectives of parent and child, developed in last year's New Play Workshop. October 25 - November 16.