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StreetSigns and The Process Series present: “Closer Than They Appear” @ Swain Hall, Studio 6
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 4:30 pm

StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance and The UNC Process Series present:
“Closer Than They Appear,” a multi-media theatre piece written by Christine Evans that tells the charged story of an encounter between an American soldier and an Iraqi girl blogger through the lens of the technologies that connect them. Inspired by the convergence of video game environments, virtual technology, and military research, “Closer Than They Appear” is the world’s first theatrical production licensed to incorporate animated landscapes from Virtual Iraq, a virtual-reality program based on war video games and used in veterans PTSD therapy.

Playwright: Christine Evans
Director: Joseph Megel
Media Designer: Jared Mezzocchi

Previews: Thursday and Friday, September 14th and 15th at 8:00PM
Gala Opening: Saturday, September 16th at 8:00PM (Reception follows. $45 special admission. See www.piedmontperformancefactory.org/now-playing for more details.)
Sunday, September 17th at 3:00PM

Wednesday, September 20th – 8:00PM
Thursday, September 21st – 8:00PM
Friday, September 22nd – 8:00PM
Saturday, September 23rd – 8:00PM
Sunday, September 24th – 3:00PM

Wednesday, September 27th – 8:00PM
Thursday, September 28th – 8:00PM
Friday, September 29th – 8:00PM
Saturday, September 30th – 8:00PM
Sunday, October 1st – 3:00PM

All performances are at Swain Hall, Studio 6 on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus (101 E Cameron Avenue).

Wednesday/Thursday – $15
Friday/Saturday/Sunday – $20
Senior (62+) – $15, all performances
Students, Veterans, and Active Duty Military – $10 all performances
Bargain Preview Nights (September 14th & 15th) – All tickets $5
Opening Night (September 16th) – All tickets $45
Tickets available at www.closerthantheyappear.brownpapertickets.com)

Durham Savoyards Ltd Present Thespis (World Premiere) and Trial by Jury @ East Chapel Hill HS Auditorium @ East Chapel Hill High School Auditorium
Oct 12 – Oct 15 all-day

The Durham Savoyards Ltd. are proud to announce the historic world premiere of Gilbert & Sullivan’s lost (and restored) first operetta, Thespis (or the Gods Grown Old) — with new music and orchestration by Alan Riley Jones. Sharing the evening is Gilbert & Sullivan’s hilarious second work, the one-act operetta, Trial by Jury.

Thespis was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first collaboration, and most of Sullivan’s score was consumed in a fire — but Gilbert’s libretto remained intact. The Durham Savoyard’s long-time Music Director, Alan Riley Jones, has set Thespis to music once again, orchestrating and blending seamlessly with the remaining Sullivan pieces in Thespis.

Thespis takes place on Mount Olympus, where the gods of mythology have grown old and out of date. A picnicking traveling theatrical company intrudes, and the leader suggests the gods travel incognito to earth. They can then decide how best to revive their past influence — while the actors take over the divinities’ identities and powers. The results are predictably disastrous – and funny.

Trial by Jury piece pokes fun at the legal system, with a suit brought by a jilted bride against a “roving” groom — and a madcap judge and jury.

An entertainment for all ages, the performances feature full costuming, sets, and orchestra.

• Preview Performance: (General Admission): $15 Thurs @ 8 pm.
• Reserved Seating Performances: $25 on Friday (8pm), Saturday (7pm) and Sunday Matinee (3pm)
• Tickets and information available at www.durhamsavoyards.org.
• For questions: call (984) 244-0668
• For group sales: contact Cathy Lambe at culambe@aol.com or 919-383-4156

Book and Lyrics: William S. Gilbert
Music and Orchestration: Alan Riley Jones and Sir Arthur Sullivan
Stage Direction and Choreography: Derrick Ivey
Musical Direction: Alan Riley Jones (Thespis) and Jackson Cooper (Trial by Jury)

Program for Jazz @ The Robert & Pearl Seymour Center
Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Program for Jazz will be presented on two dates in October: Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, October 19 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. All performances will be in the theater at the Robert & Pearl Seymour Center at 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. Admission is $15 at the door, on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the proceeds will go to the Friends of the Seymour, the Center’s funding board, according to Ken Moore of Friends of the Seymour Center. Price of admission includes a book of the poems performed.

Note: no admittance after the show has begun.

For more information, contact Ken Moore 919-423-4735 or Clark Holtzman 919-357-7094 or on facebook.

Ira Knight Presents: Mandela, An Interpretation @ ArtsCenter (Carrboro)
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 9:30 pm

Come experience this unique event — an original interpretation of Mandela — unlike anything you would have imagined. This latest installment from Ira Knight, a leader in the “Bridge and Mirror” category of theater, is a continuation of his ‘Work and Art That Inspires!’ This piece is relevant to all of us — regardless of race, creed, gender, etc. This is NOT run of the mill, cliche or predictable theater, but original, thought-provoking and inspiring — if you appreciate ORIGINAL and meaningful art, this is where you’ll find it.

*NOTE: Oct 20 and 21 (Fri/Sat) 8:00 PM show and Oct 22 (Sun – 5:30 Matinee)

Tartuffe @ Paul Green Theatre
Feb 10 – Mar 11 all-day

A Comedy of Religious Proportions

The man of the house has lost his mind. He has been blinded by counterfeit zeal of a penniless scoundrel who fully intends to make off his wife, his livelihood, and probably the kitchen sink.

Directed by Orlando Pobatoy



The Christians @ Paul Green Theatre
Feb 10 – Mar 11 all-day

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a megachurch of thousands, with a coffee shop in the lobby and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. But Pastor Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the very foundations of his church’s beliefs…

Leaving Eden @ Paul Green Theatre
Apr 4 – Apr 19 all-day

Acclaimed playwright Mike Wiley returns to PlayMakers with singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett to explore, through words and music, the cyclical nature of humanity by revealing America’s somewhat-hidden history of racial cleansing after Reconstruction. This unearthing of yesterday yields a hymn for our future, with its glimpse into identity, immigration, and economic struggle—all told through the lens of a small town in North Carolina.