A KID LIKE JAKE opens 14th SeasonAugust 8th, 2014
CHAPEL HILL Two parents looking to place their son in an elite kindergarten find themselves with more than they bargained for in the comic drama A Kid Like Jake
, presented by the Deep Dish Theater Company August 29-September 20. The regional premiere of last year's Off-Broadway sensation, the play will open the companys fourteenth season at University Mall.
Written by Daniel Pearle and directed by Deep Dish Resident Director Tony Lea, the play follows the efforts of Jake's mother, Alex (Meredith Sause), and father, Greg (Jim Moscater) as they contend with the admissions process at a handful of prestigious schools. When they are advised to play up the fact that Jake is especially fond of dress-up and playing with princess dolls, their most firmly held beliefs are called into question, and the results are both hilarious and harrowing.
"I really like the writing," notes Lea. "I love the way the play creates recognizable human behavior from the situation and makes you feel for the parents. They both love their child and want the best for him but the different ways they think they ought to do that cause disagreement and stress. People watching the play will probably sympathize more with one character than another but that allows us the opportunity to reflect on our own perspectives."
LeDawna Akins and Jess Jones complete the cast of this intimate production. The design staff includes scenic designer Jenni Mann Becker, who designed sets for the Deep Dish productions of Glengarry Glen Ross
and The Clean House
; Tori Ralston, who created props for The Cripple of Inishmaan
and Life is a Dream
; costumer Pamela Bond, whose work was seen in Radio Golf
, The Cripple of Inishmaan
, and Life is a Dream
; and Deep Dish veterans Elizabeth Grimes Droessler and Marc Maximov, whose lighting and sound work respectively has adorned a host of productions including last season's A Queer Kiss
. David Berberian is the technical director and Samantha Halstead the stage manager.
Dramaturg Karen Blansfield will present a pre-show "Meet the Play" talk on Friday, September 5 at 7 pm. Post-performance discussions will take place Sunday, August 31 (with Karen Blansfield and Tony Lea); Sunday, May 18 (with the cast); and Thursday, September (a Meet the Designers discussion with the production staff). The Deep Dish Book Selection, How Children Learn
by Paul Tough, will be discussed on Tuesday, September 16 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.
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]Special Presentation - Etty - Four Performances Only, June 5-8June 3rd, 2014
Photo By Ricardo Barros
The Deep Dish Theater Company will present Etty,
adapted and performed by Susan Stein, June 5-8 in the company's theater in University Mall. Directed by Austin Pendleton, the play is based on the diaries of writer and concentration camp victim Esther "Etty" Hillesum.
A young Dutch Jew living in Amsterdam during WWII, Etty Hillesum began a diary to help her with her depression. In Susan Stein's adaptation, using only Etty's words, the diaries take on their own literary life, presenting both Etty's growth as a writer and her spiritual transformation. The diaries and letters from 1941-1943 describe life in Nazi-occupied Holland and Westerbork Transit Camp, where she was interned. She was 29 years old when she was murdered at Auschwitz/Birkenau.
Audience discussions will follow the performances. On Thursday and Friday, Susan Stein will be joined by Holocaust survivor Peter Stein, a member of NC Holocaust Speakers Bureau and former Co-Director of the Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center at Wm. Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. Dr. Harold Kudler, Vice Chair of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University specializing in PTSD, will join Ms. Stein following the Saturday and Sunday performances.
Susan Stein has been performing Etty
in theaters, prisons and universities throughout the United States and in Europe for the past two years. Previously, she appeared in Arthur Miller's The American Clock
, directed by Austin Pendleton at HB Playwrights Foundation, and in Bathsheeba Doran's A Parent's Evening
at Luna Stage. Ms. Stein studied acting at NYU Graduate School and SUNY Purchase. From 2000-2012 she was on the faculty of Princeton Day School where she taught Shakespeare, Dramatic Literature, playwriting and acting.
Austin Pendleton is an acclaimed film and stage actor, writer, director and teacher. His play, Orson's Shadow,
opened Deep Dish's 2006-2007 season, and he is a member of the Deep Dish Advisory Board.
Performances will be at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 5; 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, June 6-7; and 2 pm on Sunday, June 8. All tickets are $20. For ticket reservations and more information, call 919-968-1515 or visit www.deepdishtheater.org.
More information about the play, Susan Stein, and the production is available at http://www.ettyplay.org/
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]Deep Dish Theater announces annual AuditionsJune 3rd, 2014
The Deep Dish Theater Company of Chapel Hill will hold its annual general auditions June 14 and 16. Auditions are by appointment only, which can be made by emailing the theater at firstname.lastname@example.org and specifying when you are available. Appointments will be scheduled Saturday, June 14, from 10 AM-4 PM and Monday, June 16, from 6-8 PM. You will receive an email confirmation.
Auditioners should bring a picture/resume and prepare a 2-3 minute monologue. If you have questions, you can call 919.968.1515. Auditions will be held in the theater at University Mall, at 15-501 and Estes Drive.
The theater is also looking for technical, design and management personnel. Interested individuals should send resumes to the email address above..
The upcoming Deep Dish season will include A Kid Like Jake
by Daniel Pearle, the new John Kander/Greg Pierce musical The Landing
, our annual developmental New Play Workshop, Journeys End
by R.C. Sherriff, and David Ives' The Liar
adapted from the play by Pierre Corneille. For more information about the Deep Dish Theater Company, visit our website at www.deepdishtheater.org.
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