Native | Deep Dish Theater Company | Stage | Indy Week



When: Wed., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 16, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 17, 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 18, 2 p.m. 2015



DEEP DISH THEATER—The namesake of PlayMakers' Paul Green Theatre was a North Carolina dramatist who won a Pulitzer Prize for 1927's In Abraham's Bosom, about an African-American farmer whose efforts at self-realization founder on the bulwarks of segregation. It was on this pedigree that novelist Richard Wright asked Green to help adapt Native Son for the stage. In 1941, the pair convened at Bynum Hall—though Wright had to board with an African-American family in Carrboro, as segregation laws barred him from Chapel Hill hotels. The play was a Broadway success, but the clash of willful talents behind it is the subject of Ian Finley's Native, which fills Deep Dish Theater's annual developmental workshop, where in-process scripts, held in hand, are performed on minimal sets. Finley was NC Piedmont Laureate in 2012; his local productions include Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure for Burning Coal. Gil Faison (Wright) has played Othello at Deep Dish, while David zum Brunnen (Green) has appeared in Via Dolorosa and State of the Union. The play is directed by Serena Ebhardt, who staged Mike Wiley's Dar He at Deep Dish and, recently, Johnny Johnson at UNC. Audience feedback shapes the evolving text, so if you go to the first show, you can gauge the impact of your opinions at the last. There's also a fundraising gala for Deep Dish on Jan. 17 ($60). 7:30 p.m. Weds. and Thurs; 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun., $16, 201 S. Estes Dr., 919-968-1515, Brian Howe


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