PlayMakers Repertory Company Announces an Eclectic New Season Focused on Realigning Power Dynamics | Arts

PlayMakers Repertory Company Announces an Eclectic New Season Focused on Realigning Power Dynamics


PlayMakers Repertory Company just released a packed lineup of plays it will be putting on this year, including six diverse main-stage acts and three supplemental plays across the 2018–19 season.

Producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch told UNC Media that her team selected a wide scope of plays to perform this year, but that despite their differences in time and setting, they all carry similar overarching themes.

“Our 2018-2019 lineup is all about shifting ground—how power dynamics constantly realign and the ways in which we reclaim or rewrite the narratives of our lives," she explained. "From the brilliant reach of Brecht to the intimacy of Paula Vogel, the rigor of Dominique Morrisseau and the touching poignancy of emerging playwright Charly Simpson, we have chosen a season of great plays that I hope will move us in every sense of the word.”

The 2018–19 season of PlayMakers honors the hundred-year legacy of playmaking at UNC-Chapel Hill and marks the fortieth anniversary of the organization's formation. PlayMakers typically performs to almost fifty thousand audience members each year and has put on more than three hundred productions over the course of its history.

The season's opening play, Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, considers ethics and justice in a family-friendly comedy written by Ken Ludwig. The play premieres on September 12 and runs through the 30th. Next up, Skeleton Crew, which tells the story of a group of Detroit auto plant workers who band together to survive financial pressure amid the 2008 recession.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive is among the most anticipated plays that the company will be performing and will act as a finale for the season next spring. It recalls a woman's memory of her adolescence and her relationship with a manipulative and abusive family member.

The company's main-stage productions are performed in the Paul Green Theater on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Current season subscribers have until May 1 to renew their seats; new subscriptions are available now and individual tickets go on sale this summer. Prices vary depending on your seats, but you can check out the plethora of options here.

Corrections: This post originally misidentified PlayMakers Repertory Company as UNC PlayMakers Theater. The post implied that PlayMakers is a department of UNC-Chapel Hill, which it is not. The post referred to PlayMakers as a troupe; it is more properly called a company. Finally, the post said that May 1 is the season subscription deadline, when in fact, May 1 is the deadline for current subscribers to renew.

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