Journey's End opens February 27 at Deep Dish TheaterJanuary 23rd, 2015
CHAPEL HILL A band of British soldiers, hunkered down in the trenches in France in World War I, battle their own demons as they await a rumored German attack in R.C. Sherriff's landmark play, Journey's End
, the next offering of the Deep Dish Theater Company. This keen and clear-eyed drama opens February 27 and plays through March 21, continuing the company's fourteenth season at University Mall.
Drawn from the author's own experiences in the Great War, the play follows a small group of men, led by the young and volatile Stanhope (Gus Allen) and the veteran Osborne (Eric Carl). The rest of the company, including the waggish Trotter (Carl Martin), the anxious Hibbert (Brett Stafford), and the wry cook (David Hudson) are doing their best to pass the time when they are joined by a young officer new to the battlefield (Max Bitar). Other cast members include Josh Benjamin, Doug Lally, Austin Lord, Jack Prather, and Matt Verner.
The production is directed by Karen O'Brien, a professor in UNC's Department of Dramatic Art. "Amongst the many great features of Journey's End
, I'm most drawn to the emotional journey," she said. "That journey is intensified by the play's interweaving of tragic and comic elements, revealing the worst possible circumstances of trench warfare, as well as the men's great capacity for human compassion."
The design staff includes scenic designer Michael Allen, who previously designed the settings for Othello
at Deep Dish; lighting designer Doug Wood, who lit Arcadia
and The Cripple of Inishmaan
, among many others; Karin Bagan, who created props most recently for The Landing
; and costumer Megan Rutherford, making her Deep Dish debut. David Berberian is the technical director and Jen Bauer the stage manager.
Dramaturg John Harris will present a pre-show "Meet the Play" talk on Friday, March 6 at 7 pm. Post-performance discussions will take place Sunday, March 1 (with John Harris and Artistic Director Paul Frellick); Sunday, March 8 (with cast members and Joseph Caddell of the UNC Departments of History and Peace, War and Defense); Thursday, March 12 (a Meet the Designers discussion with the production staff); and Sunday, March 15 (with cast members and John McGowan, Professor in the Humanities at UNC-CH). The Deep Dish Book Selection, All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque, will be discussed on Tuesday, March 17 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 $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and educators, and $21 for students, with a $2 discount for Wednesday and Thursday shows. Every Wednesday, a certain number of "Cheap Dish" tickets will be for sale at the door for just $14. Call 919-968-1515 for ticket reservations and for more information visit www.deepdishtheater.org.
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]2015 Deep Dish Gala: A Rose is a Rose...January 9th, 2015A rose is a rose by any other name.
But the Gala is a fundraiser!
DEEP DISH GALA and NEW PLAY WORKSHOP
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Tickets: $65 per person or $110 for two
RSVP at the box office: 919-968-1515
Reserve now; space is limited!
DEEP DISH GALA AND NEW PLAY WORKSHOP
6:30 Silent Auction and Hors d'oeuvres. Plus wine, beer, soft drinks and interesting conversation with other Deep Dish supporters. Featuring live jazz by Ken Broun
8:00 Be a part of creating a new play! Watch a staged reading of NATIVE followed by feedback and discussion with playwright/performer Ian Finley and director Serena Ebhardt.
After the play: Champagne and dessert in the lobby. Announcement of silent auction winners.
This is your opportunity to directly support our next two plays, Journey's End
and The Liar
, by underwriting sets, props, costumes, etc. and receive recognition of your support in our program. If you're unable to attend the Gala, you don't have to miss out on the excitement; call the theater to make a bid!
Click here to see descriptions of all of this year's Silent Auction Items
(All proceeds benefit Deep Dish Theater Company)
* Winning bidders will receive recognition in Journey's End
and The Liar
show programs. They will not receive any physical item as part of their bid, thus all donations are 100% tax-deductible.
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]New Play Workshop 2015 Announced!December 10th, 2014
Deep Dish Theater will present a developmental workshop of Native
, a new play by Triangle playwright and former Piedmont Laureate Ian Finley, January 14-18. Directed by Serena Ebhardt, the workshop continues the company's 14th season at University Mall.
is based on the true story of the collaboration between celebrated playwright and North Carolina icon, Paul Green, and the celebrated novelist Richard Wright, the author most famously of Native Son
. The two men were brought together to adapt Wright's novel for Orson Welles' Broadway production, and the play explores the battle of wills that ensued.
Ian Finley is an area playwright and educator who served as the NC Piedmont Laureate in 2012. He received the Harry Kondoleon Award for playwriting while earning his MFA at New York University's Tisch School of Performing Arts. His plays include a 2-part musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure
for Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, Up from the Ground
for the Piedmont Laureate program, and two ten-minute plays for the Ackland Art Museum. He also serves as Head of Drama at Research Triangle High School.
The play is written for two actors who portray the principals and occasionally other supporting characters. Gil Faison, whose Deep Dish appearances include Jitney
and the title role in Othello
, will play Richard Wright. Opposite him will be David zum Brunnen, a long-time Deep Dish collaborator who appeared in Via Dolorosa
and State of the Union
. Director Serena Ebhardt's work includes staging the premiere production of Dar He
at Deep Dish, and most recently, directing a revival of the Paul Green musical, Johnny Johnson
, at UNC.
The workshop will be presented with minimal production values and script in hand, as the text continues to evolve. Audience members will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the play in post-performance conversations, and rewrites will go on throughout the 5-performance run.
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. The performance on Saturday evening, Jan. 17, will coincide with the theater's annual fundraising gala.
Tickets are $16. Tickets for the Saturday evening fundraiser are $65, or $110 per couple. Call (919) 968-1515 for reservations and visit www.deepdishtheater.org for information.
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