This semester, UNC theater organizations have faced unpredicted challenges, such as natural disasters and budget cuts. Yet, despite these odds, productions at UNC are attracting more students and working to become more inclusive in their craft.
Kenan Theatre Company and LAB! Theatre both produced student-written work that included the KTC's world premiere of "Just Like Now" by junior Gage Tarlton. Lab! Theatre continued its commitment to student work by opening applications for its original works festival that will be performed in February.
Justin Haslett, managing director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, said this year has had a number of challenges for PlayMakers Repertory Company, including sales suffering from all of the natural disasters. He said they had to shut down and cancel several performances of their first show of the season, "Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood," due to Hurricane Florence.
“This was of course followed by the loss of water issue that also shut us down for a couple more days a few weeks later when we were in the middle of building 'She Loves Me,'” Haslett said. “So, we’ve had some unusual challenges this year that we certainly had no way to prepare for.”
Lauren Toney, director of operations at Company Carolina, said the organization has also faced challenges this semester. Rehearsal rooms used in past years were no longer available this year, so they were forced to perform in venues that cost more money. She said there were some nights the group couldn’t rehearse because the space they had was too small.