Written & Directed by Zack Fine


a Thoreau-ly absurd night on Walden Pond

A struggling playwright bends time and space as two philosophers, one brother, and a few other surprising characters converge upon Henry David Thoreau’s cabin for a zany evening that promises to be as unexpected as it is delightful.

AGE RECOMMENDATION

Due to some coarse language, we recommend this production to audiences 15 years old and older.

RUN TIME

85 minutes. No intermission.

TICKETS AND SHOWTIMES

◼︎ Moderate Availability
◼︎ Limited Availability
◼︎ Standing Room Only

MON
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THU
FRI
SAT
SUN
JAN 9

7:30p

JAN 10

7:30p

JAN 11

7:30p
SOLD OUT

JAN 12

7:30p
SOLD OUT

JAN 13

2:00p
SOLD OUT
7:30p C
SOLD OUT


Talkback Panelists

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Opening Night—CREATING BEWILDERNESS

  • Zack Fine, Bewilderness playwright, director, and actor.
  • Members of the cast

Thursday—THE ART (AND FAILURE) OF CREATIVE WRITING

  • Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish and many other novels; J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English & Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Randall Kenan, award-winning author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead; Professor of English & Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Hayley Sigman, 2015 Thomas Wolfe Scholarship winner; senior scholar; honor student in creative writing, UNC-Chapel Hill

Friday—CREATIVITY IN ACTION

  • Keith Sawyer, Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Gregory Hohn, Senior Lecturer of Management and Corporate Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Ali Reza Farahnakian, Iranian-American actor, writer, and improvisational comedian; founder of The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) in NYC; UNC alum.

Saturday—HENRY DAVID THOREAU

  • Dr. Kevin Dann, Historian, naturalist, and troubadour, and author of 12 books, including Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau; has taught at Rutgers University, University of Vermont, and the State University of New York.
  • Zack Fine, Bewilderness playwright, director, and actor.

Sunday Matinee—NATURE WRITING

Sunday Evening—THOREAU’S IMPACT ON CONSERVATION

  • Katherine Skinner, North Carolina Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Johnny Randall, Director of Conservation Programs at the North Carolina Botanical Garden; and adjunct faculty in the UNC-Chapel Hill Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology

Media

Dec 28 2018

The Condition of Life

As playwright Zack Fine walked to rehearsal on the first Tuesday following Winter Storm Diego, he found Thoreau running through his head: "Surely joy is the condition of life."

Jul 31 2019

Where Are They Now?

PlayMakers has helped premiere six new American plays in the last three seasons. From "Draw the Circle" to "Jump" and everything in between, what are the creators up to now?

REVIEWS

Bewilderness Review
by Garrett Southerland
Talkin’ Broadway
January 11, 2019

Zack Fine’s Bewilderness is a Wild Ride
by Susie Potter
Triangle Arts and Entertainment
January 11, 2019

Smart, Funny PlayMakers’ Premiere of Bewilderness is a Mind Trip into the Psyche of Henry David Thoreau (and Zack Fine)
by Lauren Van Hemert
Broadway World
January 11, 2019

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