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Where did you get that hat?

“I am responsible for everything that’s not made by a tailor or a dressmaker…and if I’ve done my job well, the audience isn’t going to know anybody did it.”

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Official Statements

A Note from Vivienne about “Blues for an Alabama Sky”

Welcome to PlayMakers’ 2022/2023 season opener, Pearl Cleage’s seminal work, “Blues for an Alabama Sky.” Pearl’s writing stirs the soul, and her beautiful exploration of a group of young dreamers in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance resonates with a timelessness that is found only in the best of theatre.

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Behind-the-Costumes

“I’m not a lover of clothes, necessarily, but I really love telling stories,” says Melanie Burgess, the guest costume designer for Blues for an Alabama […]

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Share your lessons with us!

As you walk into the lobby of the beautiful Paul Green Theatre for August Wilson’s “How I Learned What I Learned”, you might notice something […]

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Meet the Playwright

Meet Madeleine L’Engle

The beloved novelist wins her strength two generations of children — and adults. Discover it all over again on stage!

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Meet Kathryn Hunter-Williams

Kathryn Hunter-Williams, known affectionately around the building as “Kathy,” is set to make her directorial debut on the Paul Green Stage with Stick Fly by […]

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As You Like It: Arts Midwest NEA Grant

For the 2021/2022 season, PlayMakers was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant for Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” outreach. The grant includes […]

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Meet the Playwright

Telling Stories with Lydia R. Diamond

Telling Stories with Lydia R Diamond Excerpts from a 2016 interview at The Interval. What is the first piece of storytelling that had a major […]

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Thank You for Teaching Us the Language of Clothing

Bobbi Owen recently retired as the Michael R. McVaugh Distinguished Professor of Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her list of professional accomplishments is long and […]

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Director Shorts

Director Short: ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

VIVIENNE BENESCH QUICK FACTS

HOMETOWN: New York City
FIRST SHOW: monologues from Moliere’s “The Miser” in French
FIRST PROFESSIONAL CREDIT: “The Skin of Our Teeth” at Chautauqua Theater Company

Q: How did you become a theatre person?