Where Are We NOW?

As part of our 2019/20 Legacy | NOW season, PlayMakers is hosting a series of post-show conversations facilitated by local artists, scholars, and cultural workers entitled: Where Are We NOW? After select performances, we will invite audience members to gather in an adjacent space for a fluid, dynamic, and intergenerational discussion on the themes of each play.
 
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NATIVE SON
  • Sep 15Where Are We NOW? post-show discussion on adaptation for the theatre – Studio 105, approx 3:45p
    • Mike Wiley, playwright
    • Randall Kenan, author
  • Sep 17Where Are We NOW? post-show discussion – Studio 105, approx 9:15p
  • Sep 24Where Are We NOW? post-show discussion – Paul Green Theatre, approx 9:15p
DAIRYLAND
TBA
RAGTIME
  • Dec 3Where Are We NOW? post-show discussion on immigration and refugees – Studio 105, approx 10:30p
    • Paul Cuadros, UNC School of Journalism
  • Dec 10Where Are We NOW? post-show discussion – Studio 105, approx 10:30p
    • Pierce Freelon, professor, musician, and social entrepreneur
    • Dasan Ahanu, artist, educator, and organizer
EVERYBODY
TBA
   

Setting the Scene

A pre-show discussion with PlayMakers’ resident dramaturgs to help contextualize the World of the Play right before enjoying the production. The conversation is fluid and free-ranging, but subject matter can include: themes of the play, the playwright’s biography, the historical and sociopolitical context of the story, etc. The perfect way to frame your experience before diving in!
 
Native Son
Adam Versényi, PlayMakers Dramaturg and Chair of the Department of Dramatic Art
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30pm
Studio 105
Dairyland
Jacqueline E. Lawton, PlayMakers Dramaturg
Wednesday, October 23, 6:30pm
Studio 105
Ragtime
Gregory Kable, PlayMakers Dramaturg
Wednesday, November 27, 6:30pm
Studio 105
Everybody
Mark Perry, PlayMakers Dramaturg
Wednesday, January 29, 6:30pm
Studio 105
Julius Caesar
Adam Versényi, PlayMakers Dramaturg and Chair of the Department of Dramatic Art
Wednesday, March 11, 6:30pm
Studio 105
Native Gardens
Gregory Kable, PlayMakers Dramaturg
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30pm
Studio 105
   

PRC2 DISCUSSIONS

Every performance at PRC2 is followed by a discussion. Click to expand below for panelist details.

NO FEAR & BLUES LONG GONE: NINA SIMONE

August 21–25, 2019

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Wednesday—NORTH CAROLINA JAZZ & NINA SIMONE
  • William Curry, Music Director and Conductor of the Durham Symphony
  • Carly Jones, Music Director, North Carolina Arts Council
Thursday—COME HEAR NC
  • Sandra Davidson, NC Arts Council & Come Hear NC Project Manager
  • Jerma Jackson, Professor, UNC Department of History
Friday—PRESERVATION OF NINA'S CHILDHOOD HOME
  • Angela Thorpe, Director, N.C. African American Heritage Commission
  • Carly Jones, Music Director, North Carolina Arts Council
Saturday Matinee—PROTEST MUSIC & PROGRESS
  • Benjamin Filene, Chief Curator, North Carolina Museum of History
  • Darrell Stover, , Professor Interdisciplinary Studies / Africana Studies, NC State University
Saturday Evening—A LEGACY OF ACTIVISM
  • Tristan Parks, Actor, Educator, and Activist
  • Carly Jones, Music Director, North Carolina Arts Council
Sunday Matinee—A NORTH CAROLINA LEGACY
  • Kyma Lassiter, Constituent Affairs Liaison, N.C. African American Heritage Commission
Sunday Evening—MEET THE TEAM
  • Howard L. Craft, playwright and educator
  • Kathryn Hunter-Williams, director and PlayMakers company member
  • Yolanda Rabun, actor
 

MINDPLAY

In partnership with the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, we present this series of post-show conversations that offer a psychoanalytic reading of our Mainstage productions. These conversations are free and take place immediately following the performance.
Dairyland
“Spoiled, Spilled, or Special, Let’s Digest Dairyland
Peter Buonaccorsi, MD
Sunday, November 3, 2:00pm  
Ragtime
Ragtime is Right for the Times”
Natalie Peacock-Corral, LCSW
Sunday, December 8, 2:00pm
Everybody
“Every-body Plays!”
Mardy Ireland, Ph.D.
Sunday, February 9, 2:00pm
Julius Caesar
“The Fault within Ourselves”
Harold Kudler, MD
Sunday, March 22, 2:00pm
Native Gardens
“Fences and Defenses”
Theresa Yuschok, MD
Saturday, April 26, 2:00pm