New Play Workshop: Debris by Katja HillDecember 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.
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,
, 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 www.deepdishtheater.org for information.
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]Deep Dish Theater presents Barbara Bates Smith in Go Granny D!November 7th, 2013
The Deep Dish Theater Company will present writer/actor Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens in their new play with music, Go, Granny D!
The pair will perform the play, based on the memoirs of 90-year-old activist Doris Haddock, at 8 PM on December 6-7 in the company's theater in University Mall.
Touting "You're never too old to raise a little hell," Ms. Haddock blazed a 3200-mile trail across America for campaign finance reform, precipitating the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act. She continued her bipartisan reform efforts in countrywide voter registration drives, issuing her final challenge in 2010 at age 100: "Democracy is a running game. You huddle and you go back in. You keep going."
Recently returning from a West Coast tour, Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens have performed their adaptations frequently at the Deep Dish Theater. Noted for her Off-Broadway adaptation and performance of "Ivy Rowe" from Lee Smith's Fair and Tender Ladies
, Barbara Bates Smith has toured for over twenty years with the works of Lee Smith, recently adding those of Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus in her current Civil War Cameos
. For a decade, Jeff Sebens has accompanied her shows with a variety of hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimer, guitar, and banjo music. More information is on her website: www.barbarabatessmith.com
All tickets are $20. For ticket reservations and more information, call 919-968-1515 or visit www.deepdishtheater.org.
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]Deep Dish Theater presents A QUEER KISS - Oct. 25-Nov. 16October 4th, 2013
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.
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