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.


by Donald Margulies

Sunday, March 3—2:00pm & 7:30p
Monday, March 4—5:30pm

Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, Studio 101


Featuring MFA candidates in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Professional Actor Training Program:
Emily Bosco as Sarah    April Mae Davis as Mandy    Adam Poole as James    Dan Toot as Richard

In his “absorbing, intelligent” (Los Angeles Times) play, Donald Margulies uncovers the layers of a relationship between a photojournalist and foreign correspondent, once addicted to the adrenaline of documenting the atrocities of war and now grounded in their Brooklyn loft. Photographer Sarah was seriously injured while covering the war in Iraq; her reporter partner James had left weeks earlier, when the stress and horrors became too much for him. Now James writes online movie reviews while Sarah recovers, mourning for her Iraqi driver killed in the explosion, and itching to get back behind the camera. With this play, ”Margulies revisits themes of being an artist, as characters ask: What does it mean to capture suffering on film, rather than stopping to intervene?

Donald Margulies received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends, which has been produced throughout the world. Other plays include Sight Unseen (OBIE Award), Brooklyn Boy, and Collected Stories, among many others.

CONTENT WARNING: This play contains strong language and talks graphically about violent situations and PTSD. We encourage our patrons to use their own judgement in determining the appropriateness of the material.


Constellations by Nick Payne

Directed by Tia James. April 7–9. Featuring: Brandon Haynes and Sarah Elizabeth Keyes.

Betrayal by Harold Pinter

Coached by Ray Dooley. May 9–11. Featuring: Rishan Dhamija, Jenny Latimer, and Adam Poole.