Apr 22 2017

Breaking Barriers with “My Fair Lady”

At first glance, Tyne Rafaeli might not be the sort of person you’d expect to direct a colorful musical classic like My Fair Lady. Not only is she a competitive gymnast, but her classical actor’s training caused her to focus mostly on Shakespeare and devised work for the early part of her directing career. But… Read more »

Apr 8 2017

The Making of “My Fair Lady”

“My Fair Lady” has arrived PlayMakers, but don’t expect a carbon copy of the 1964 film with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

Apr 4 2017

From Screen to Stage: “My Fair Lady”

How will director Tyne Rafaeli and her creative team work to make the production new, yet also appealing to audiences who first fell in love with the movie version?

Feb 24 2017

Shakespeare, Slim Aarons Style

TWELFTH NIGHT was written over 400 years ago, making it sometimes difficult for modern audiences to connect to his comedy. One way that director Jerry Ruiz decided to overcome this was by setting it in a mid-20th century Mediterranean resort, complete with rich socialites and their first world problems—like a butler who’s gotten too big for his britches. In the case of making Shakespeare accessible, specificity is key.

Feb 20 2017

PlayMakers Dramaturg Receives Junior Faculty Award

Playwright and PlayMakers dramaturg Jacqueline E. Lawton has recently received the Junior Faculty Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in for her work Among These Wild Things, a piece set to address the ethical and moral dilemmas a couple faces when they learn that any children they bring into the world may have a terminal genetic disorder.

Jan 17 2017

Be a Light: The Ghostlight Project

When our theatres go dark at the end of the night, we turn on a “ghostlight”—offering visibility and safety for all who might enter. This is our theatrical tradition—and our inspiration. On Thursday night at 5:30p.m., theatrical communities across the country will join in the launch of The Ghostlight Project, a collective action of solidarity and a shared commitment to greater inclusion, participation and compassion in our theatres and in our communities.

Jan 7 2017

Out of the Depths: A De Profundis Diary

As the DE PROFUNDIS creative team begins its short residency here at PlayMakers, we’ll be using this post as a DE PROFUNDIS diary, tracking the show’s development from first rehearsal to opening night. Creators Brian Mertes & Jim Findlay will work with actress Nicole Villamil to take the piece from concept to embodied performance. We hope you’ll find the process as exciting as we do.

Jan 6 2017

That Black Girl Magic

Recently, dramaturg Jacqueline Lawton had the opportunity to speak with director Raelle Myrick-Hodges about INTIMATE APPAREL. They spoke about her directing process and what excited her about directing this play now.

Jan 3 2017

Articulating Suffering

This performance of DE PROFUNDIS is being developed here at PlayMakers over the course of sixteen days as a collaboration primarily among three guest artists: director Brian Mertes, performer Nicole Villamil, and designer Jim Findlay. It is not a dramatization of Wilde’s imprisonment, nor even a play with a character in recognizable given circumstances. And yet, out of the depths of this text, a performance is emerging.