Playwright professor finds his creative home in Chapel Hill

Mark Perry is not a native North Carolinian. After years in the state he has fallen in love with the cast of characters surrounding him in the college town of Chapel Hill. The Dramatic Arts lecturer  has been teaching at UNC since 2005 where he started with a single class.  After a couple of years, he started teaching playwriting. 

PlayMakers Repertory Company

PlayMakers Repertory Company is the professional theatre in residence at UNC. The artists involved in the yearly productions are professional. Recently, Playmakers has produced classic plays by Shakespeare, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as well as contemporary plays from August Wilson, Tony Kushner and a few world premiere productions.

PlayMakers also offers Education and Outreach programs that have served over 100,000 area youth. They bring students to specially produced matinees and send Teaching Artists to schools that do not have quality arts programs. They offer complimentary tickets to people working in certain non-profit service organizations in the community. The theatre is supported by ticket sales, donations and money from the University as well as public funding foundations.

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Q&A with PlayMakers Repertory Company's Robert Dagit

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s latest production, called “Trouble in Mind,” features a complex plot of a play within a play that addresses racism on Broadway in the late 1950s. The play, which opened on Jan. 21, will run at the Paul Green Theatre until Feb. 8.

Courtesy of Jenny Graham.

Q&A with PlayMakers’ director Joseph Haj

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s productions of “Into the Woods” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” have been in rotating repertory since Nov. 1. PlayMakers added an additional performance to “Into the Woods” by popular demand.