Arcadia to open February 28
February 5th, 2014
A gaggle of academics tries to make sense of the past and a precocious girl is on the verge of altering the future in Tom Stoppard's sparkling comedy, Arcadia, presented by the Deep Dish Theater Company February 28-March 22. Directed by Artistic Director Paul Frellick, the play continues the company's thirteenth season at University Mall.

The play is set in the same English country manor and moves back and forth between two different eras. It documents a tangle of events involving a tutor (Ryan Brock), his gifted student (Nicole Gabriel) and an inept and incensed would-be poet (David Godshall) in the early 19th Century, as well as the contemporary investigation of those events by two sparring English scholars (Dorothy Recasner Brown and Eric Carl) and a prickly mathematician (Adam Sampieri). The cast also includes Erika Edwards, Thom Gradisher, Leanne Heintz, Doug Lally, Bill Mercer and Will Pierson.

This play is such giddy fun, which is all the more amazing given the weighty concepts woven through it, noted Frellick. Im a great admirer of Stoppard's work, and of this play in particular--it seems to me the perfect expression of the playwright's many and considerable talents, and as exhilarating an experience as one is likely to encounter in the theater.

The design staff includes a number of Deep Dish veterans, including Christa Devitt, who designed sets for Uncle Vanya, Via Dolorosa and Polish Joke; Doug Wood, whose lighting has adorned such productions as The Cripple of Inishmaan, Nathan the Wise and Jitney; Karin Bagan, who created props for Good People; costumer LeGrande Smith, whose work was seen in After the Revolution and Henceforward; and Marc Maximov, who has designed sound for Mi Vida Loca, She Stoops to Conquer, and this seasons A Queer Kiss. David Berberian is the technical director and Jen Bauer the stage manager.

Dramaturg Karen Blansfield will present a pre-show "Meet the Play" talk on Friday, March 7 at 7 pm. Post-performance discussions will take place Sunday, March 2 (with Karen Blansfield and Paul Frellick); Sunday, March 9 (with the cast and Adam McCune of the UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature); and Thursday, March 13 (a Meet the Designers discussion with the production staff). The Deep Dish Book Selection, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, will be discussed on Monday, 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 $24 for adults and $21 for seniors, with a $2 discount for Wednesday and Thursday shows. Student tickets are $16 for all shows. Wednesday, March 5 is "Cheap Dish Night" all tickets are $12 (no reservations accepted). For ticket reservations and for more information, call 919-968-1515 or visit

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2014 Deep Dish Gala: A Rose is a Rose...
January 4th, 2014
A rose is a rose by any other name.
But the Gala is a fundraiser!

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Tickets: $60 per person or $100 for two

RSVP by January 13th at the box office: 919-968-1515
Reserve now space is limited!

7:00 Heavy hors d'oeuvres, 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 Debris followed by feedback and discussion with playwright/performer Katja Hill and director Paul Frellick.
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, Arcadia and Life is a Dream by underwriting sets, props, costumes, etc. and receive recognition of your support in our program. 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 Arcadia and Life is a Dream 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: Debris by Katja Hill
December 9th, 2013
Deep Dish Theater will present a developmental workshop of Debris, a new play written and performed by Katja Hill, January 15-19. Directed by Artistic Director Paul Frellick, the workshop continues the company's 13th season at University Mall.

Debris is a funny and moving memoir centered around Ms. Hill, her mother and a journey to Finland, her mother's homeland. Traveling together, their trip becomes an exploration of their relationship and a revealing look at how memory functions in our lives.

Katja Hill has been a frequent presence on the Deep Dish stage, dating back to the inaugural season production of Shaw's Arms and the Man, and including memorable turns in Polish Joke, The Misanthrope, Orson's Shadow, Summer and Smoke, and Henceforward, among many others. She also brought her earlier solo show, Cornucopia of Me, to the theater for a limited run in 2009.

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. 18, will coincide with the theaters annual fundraising gala.

Tickets are $16. Tickets for the Saturday evening fundraiser are $60, or $100 per couple. Call (919) 968-1515 for reservations and visit for information.

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

Wed-Thu: $22, $19 seniors, $16 students
Fri-Sun: $24, $21 seniors, $16 students
Cheap Dish Nights: $12 (no reservations)
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