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Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up

When: Feb. 18-19 2016

THURSDAY, FEB. 18–FRIDAY, FEB. 19

LUCY ALIBAR: THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP

When your father's telling you how he wants to go, you pay attention. The central character in playwright, performer, novelist, and screenwriter Lucy Alibar's new work, Throw Me On the Burnpile and Light Me Up, is amazed to learn her father wants his burnpile—a collection of "dead vines, dead trees [and] furniture Daddy broke in his rages"—to be his funeral pyre. What's more, he's making her responsible for it: "Daddy says, 'Boss, I'm gonna put you in charge of my checkout time, because the Bosslady loves your Jesus too much." Alibar co-wrote Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won awards at Cannes and Sundance in 2012; over the past year, she's been performing this reflective tale of a rural Florida childhood with a curmudgeonly defense attorney for a father in New York and Los Angeles. Now she brings it to Chapel Hill, courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts. —Byron Woods

MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL 7:30 p.m. Thurs./8 p.m. Fri., $10–$30, www.carolinaperformingarts.org

Price: $10-$25

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