Rotating Repertory comes to Deep Dish Theater This Fall
May 28th, 2015
The Deep Dish Theater will conclude its 15-year residency at University Mall with a special presentation of two acclaimed plays in rotating repertory, opening October 2 and playing through November 14.
Outside Mullingar, the hit Broadway comedy by John Patrick Shanley, will play in conjunction with The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov's dramatic masterwork. The rotating repertory schedule will allow patrons the opportunity to see both shows in the same week or even on the same day.
"These two plays about life, love, and real estate have much to say to us and to each other," said Artistic Director Paul Frellick. "We're excited to bring all that we've learned these last 15 years to this tremendous challenge."
The two plays will rehearse simultaneously and open on consecutive Fridays: The Cherry Orchard on October 2, Outside Mullingar on October 9. The plays will then perform for two to three nights at a time, and patrons can arrange to see the two productions in the same or consecutive weeks, on two adjacent evenings, or even in a single day. Two Saturdays (October 24 and November 7) have been designated as two-production days, and a special dinner package can be reserved that includes a meal at City Kitchen and a chance to meet and talk with some of the cast and crew for both shows.
The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov's last play and perhaps his best known, follows the inhabitants of a Russian country estate in the early years of the last century. A cast of 15 and director Frellick will negotiate the playwright's signature blend of comic and tragic strains, as Chekhov's characters come to individual and mutual crossroads, all tied to an aging manor and the beautiful but unprofitable orchard that adorns it.
Outside Mullingar was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Play of the 2013-2014 Broadway season. A romantic comedy about two middle-aged Irish farmers trying desperately to hold on to their land and to keep from falling in love, the play calls to mind Shanley's 1987 Oscar-winning film Moonstruck. It will be directed by Tony Lea, Deep Dish Resident Director, who has directed such memorable Deep Dish productions as Nathan the Wise, Superior Donuts, Good People, and most recently, A Kid Like Jake.
Rob Hamilton, whose work at Deep Dish includes scenery for such productions as A Lesson Before Dying, Holiday, Radio Golf, Next to Normal, and Good People, will design the set for both plays. Two separate production teams will work in tandem to create these two unique but linked productions.
Rep Passes and Single tickets on sale now. Call the Box Office at (919) 968-1515 for more information.

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Journey's End opens February 27 at Deep Dish Theater
January 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

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2015 Deep Dish Gala: A Rose is a Rose...
January 9th, 2015
A rose is a rose by any other name.
But the Gala is a fundraiser!


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!

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

Purchase tickets in advance for this special abbreviated season:

Double Dish Pass: $50
One ticket to each play and reserved seating for the dates you select.

Single Dish Ticket: $30
One ticket to your choice of play.

Senior Single Dish Ticket: $28
Senior discount, one ticket to your choice of play.

Unsold seats for all performances will be sold 20 minutes before show time for $20. No other discounts will be available for these two shows.

Special 2-show Saturdays October 24 and November 7: Performances at 3 pm and 8 pm, with dinner between at City Kitchen

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Wednesday - Thursday: 7:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 8 pm
Sunday Matinee: 2 pm