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.

Dec 19 2016

Mobile Shakespeare Comes to You

By Jerry Ruiz. Since I arrived here at PlayMakers in August, one of my major projects has been launching our Mobile Shakespeare initiative. This pilot program follows in the tradition of the original Carolina Playmakers and takes inspiration from the incredibly impactful work of Michelle Hensley and her Minneapolis-based theater company, Ten Thousand Things.

Dec 1 2016

Indian Theatre: Alive and Kicking

Actor Rishan Dhamija, hailing from New Delhi, India, is used to the stage, but he isn’t so used to the audience. “That’s what was surprising when I came here,” he says. He took one look at the audience and thought to himself, “Man! Young people don’t go?!”

Nov 23 2016

Meet the Characters of The May Queen

It’s the dreariest time of year and we find ourselves in Kingston, NY at a boutique insurance company called The Vallor Group. By boutique we really mean small, recessed, tragically out-of-date, and failing to thrive. Meet the colorful employees of the most recessed corner of them all.

Nov 16 2016

What is a “May Queen”?

With the upcoming premiere of Molly Smith Metzler’s The May Queen here at PlayMakers, many people are wondering—what exactly IS a “May Queen”?

Nov 4 2016

Molly Smith Metzler Interview

The following is the transcript of an interview with playwright Molly Smith Metzler about writing The May Queen.

Nov 4 2016

Unforgettable: The Lasting Impact of our Teen Years

“When you get to be our age,” the late novelist Kurt Vonnegut once noted, “you all of a sudden realize that you are being ruled by people you went to high school with. You all of a sudden catch on that life is nothing but high school – class officers, cheerleaders, and all.” Is it true? Are we doomed to live the lives we created for ourselves in high school?