About PlayMakers Ground Floor

Studio Productions from the Professional Actor Training Program

At the heart of every theatrical production, regardless of scope, are the artists who posit questions about the human experience. PlayMakers Ground Floor is an occasional series that engages our graduate acting company in material chosen (and sometimes written) specifically for them. These studio productions focus on the actors and the marrow of their process, and are led by insightful and resourceful directors from within the company or those visiting on fellowships.

References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot

by Jose Rivera

Directed by Aubrey Snowden

Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 and 7:30
Monday, November 25 at 5:15

Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, Studio 101


Featuring MFA candidates in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Professional Actor Training Program

“On a moonlit July night in Barstow, California, strange, seductive things can happen, especially if you talk to the moon, which is portrayed as an aging, violin-playing dandy in a Panama hat and white suit. Don’t expect any literal answers from REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALI MAKE ME HOT, José Rivera’s surreal romance in which love, lust and longing mix it up, bewitching a twenty-seven year-old housewife awaiting the return of her soldier-husband from overseas. Rivera’s intriguing fantasy … celebrates the confusion that grows out of trying to understand not only the one you love but yourself as well. It is a meditation on the impossible, but told in a provocative manner by Rivera, a writer whose language manages to be poetic and earthy at the same time.”
—Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“… marvelous and satisfying … In DALI, Rivera … imagines Gabriela’s dream world as rigorously as he does her real world, striking a balance between the two with the affecting power of his language. … a double-sided dream of intelligence and wit.”
—Gordon Cox, Newsday

“The writing fluctuates between faintly surreal poetry and wryly pointed prose, cocky fantasy and bittersweet earthiness. Rivera manages the latter adroitly, but even the former is not without its moments … a genuine comedy-drama that rises above the specific into the ecumenical. Particularly praiseworthy is the evenhandedness with which Rivera articulates the husband’s and the wife’s dilemmas, and his ability to anchor Benito and Gabriela in both their Hispanic roots and their ultimate universality. Their language is credibly down-to-earth, but with flights of a more literary wit and lyricism that, after the initial stages, avoid striking false notes.”
—John Simon, New York



Feb 1–3. Featuring a mix of first- and third-year PATP.


Apr 19–20. Featuring the entire first-year class!