After weeks of six-hour-long rehearsals, the PlayMakers Repertory Company's cast of "A Wrinkle in Time" has officially opened its doors to the UNC community.
This spring, PlayMakers presents a theatrical adaptation of the 1962 novel "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L’Engle. The show opened on Wednesday, March 30 and will run until Sunday, April 17.
The production is directed by Shelley Butler, a UNC alumna who has been credited for her work across the country on- and off-Broadway. "A Wrinkle In Time" is her debut with PlayMakers.
“I hope that (the audience has) a fantastic thrill ride," Butler said. "I hope that they enjoy it. I hope they leave more excited to be in their own skin and celebrate themselves."
Throughout her time directing the production, Butler reflected on the relevance of the story's plot in regard to today's society.
"What happens when we don't get to be ourselves and are afraid to be our best selves?" she asked. "I think that is powerful in our story, and I think it's powerful in our world right now."
The sci-fi fantasy play follows the adventures of Meg Murry, Charles Wallace Murry and Calvin O’Keefe as they travel through space and time on a quest to save the Murrys' father — and the world — from evil.
Omolade Wey, a UNC graduate student who plays Meg Murry, said that the show is something everyone can watch and enjoy.
"Generally speaking, you're thinking this is a young adult book — so, great! You got kids who might read it, but then you have everybody older than that who's had fond memories of this story as well, and still can connect to the general story that is there," Wey said.