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Monday December 5th

Playmakers Repertory Company

PlayMakers 'family-friendly "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment" explores imagination

PlayMakers Repertory Company opened its holiday season with a whimsical adventure story about truth, fiction and the colorful world that can exist between the two. Steering away from the oversaturated digital age, “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment” celebrates old-fashioned storytelling to trace the real-life fabrications of the Victorian-era explorer Louis de Rougemont.

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	Members of the cast of Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” rehearse for the show that will open today and run through the weekend. Courtesy of PlayMakers

PlayMakers to make over Mozart production

Mozart is getting a makeover. PlayMakers Repertory Company is reviving their 2008 production of Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” — a fictional biography of the famed classical composer — but this time, the company will join forces with the North Carolina Symphony.

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	Playmakers holiday play, “Shiprecked!” opens tonight at 7:30 in the Paul Green Theatre and runs through Dec. 19. Courtesy of PlayMakers

PlayMakers' "Shipwrecked" explores celebrity culture

For 90 minutes, the audience will stare at an unchanging set.But the whirlwind adventure story of shipwreck, sea creatures and fleeting stardom presented by PlayMakers Repertory Company won’t be a bore.“Shipwrecked! An Entertainment,” which opens tonight in the Paul Green Theatre, tracks the tall tales of swashbuckling storyteller Louis de Rougemont.

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A cappella group Harmonyx performs a song for the reopening of the Historic Playmakers Theatre on Tuesday. The night was celebrated with poetry readings put on by CUAB, Ebony Readers Onyx Theater and others. Def Jam poet Shihan Van Clief presented open-mic poets.

'A Night of Poetry' reopens historic Playmakers Theatere

The reopening of the Playmakers Theatre was nothing short of poetic. The nearly 150-year-old building, renewed by a fresh coat of paint and red velvet cushioned seats, was filled with students’ voices raised in song, dissent, praise and laughter as part of “A Night of Poetry,” the event celebrating the theater’s reopening.

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After postponing reservations to the Historic Playmakers Theatre in 2008 due to the recession, the theater is ready to open tonight at 8.

PlayMakers Theatre to reopen

After four years of collecting dust, the Historic Playmakers Theatre will reopen tonight — temporarily. While original renovation plans for the space called for a complete historic reconstruction, recent financial difficulties forced the University to reexamine its priorities for the shuttered theater in the center of campus.

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Charlie Robinson stars as Troy, a garbage man, in the play Fences at Paul Green Theatre. The play runs through November 14th.

PlayMakers' "Fences" is poignant, memorable

The power of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of August Wilson’s “Fences” is its biting realism. Director Seret Scott’s cast portrays a socially segregated 1950s Pittsburgh, where living between paydays wears away at old dreams and diminishes the promise of a hopeful future.

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	Happy Days

Beckett's 'Happy Days' honors the absurd

“Happy Days” depicts a typical day in Winnie’s desolate life. PlayMakers has not produced a Samuel Beckett play in more than 20 years. It was time for the company to share Beckett’s work with the community, said PlayMakers’ producing artistic director Joseph Haj.

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Road to fame takes work, students say

Many people dream of being chased by paparazzi and having their names in flashing lights. But the reality of success in show business requires a little more than just talent.Hannah Grannemann, the managing director for PlayMakers Repertory Company, said it also takes persistence, bravery and entrepreneurship.

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Garth Petal and Joy Jones portray Simon and Juliettea "...a Young Lady from Rwanda.” Courtesy of Connie Mahan

Theatre Review: ...a young lady from Rwanda

Playmakers Repertory Company squeezes exploding emotion and brutal life experiences into a compact production of “I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By a Young Lady From Rwanda.”A strong Rwandan refugee and blundering British writer’s bleak and polar opposite worlds clash and ultimately are uplifted by friendship and a mutual passion for writing.In this love story without kissing, actors Joy Jones and Garth Petal portray the characters of Juliette and Simon with palpable chemistry.

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Ray Dooley plays Lady Bracknell in PlayMakers’ newest play.

Playmakers puts its own twist on Oscar Wilde’s satire

In 1983 actor Ray Dooley played protagonist Jack Worthing in a production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Twenty-seven years later, he returns to the play, this time in the rigid dresses of Lady Bracknell. PlayMakers Repertory Company will lend a twist of hilarity to Oscar Wilde’s comedy classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which opens today and runs until March 21.Wilde’s play, set in the Victorian era, is a witty social satire about three couples trying to find love. Connie Mahan, director of marketing and communication for PlayMakers, first suggested that Dooley play Lady Bracknell.The show’s director, Matthew Arbour, agreed that a male actor cast as a female would add to the play’s humor.

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PRC Vision Series attendees ask 'Earnest' director questions

Seated in front a chic Victorian-inspired set, the director of the upcoming “The Importance of Being Earnest,” discussed his vision for the approaching show.The public had the opportunity to converse with director Matthew Arbour through PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Vision Series event.Oscar Wilde famously said, “The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”

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