PlayMakers Repertory Company will stage nine diverse shows in the 2012-13 season, including the world premiere of an adaptation of “Imaginary Invalid” and a spoken-word piece by hip-hop group Universes.
This season’s main stage series will include “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” and a rotating repertory of “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Clybourne Park,” which is an extension of “A Raisin in the Sun” written 50 years later.
Staff writer Deborah Strange spoke with producing artistic director Joseph Haj, PlayMakers’ about how the season was planned.
DAILY TAR HEEL: How did you decide which shows to put on?
JOSEPH HAJ: There are so many factors that are involved in choosing the season. It’s not simply, “These are the nine plays that Joe likes the most.” Choosing plays that can fit (our resident acting theatre) is important to me … We really understand that our work has to be a lot of things to a lot of different people … If you look across our season, there’s really a wide variety of work, and that’s deliberate.
DTH: How do the shows relate to each other?
JH: Obviously, “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Clybourne Park” were chosen. Those are two plays that really belong in conversation together and that our audience would enjoy seeing together … There are theatres in the country that have put the plays together in their season but in different slots. As far as I know, we’re the only theatre in the country that put them together in alternating reps.
DTH: Are the seasons based off of one another?
JH: Each season ends up with its own internal pattern, but then we look at the larger fabric of how seasons relate to one another … Every season has some mix of classic work — a fresh innovative look at some classic plays.