Sep 15 2015

Nephelie Andonyadis Sets the Stage for Disgraced

Nephelie Andonyadis knows what draws her to a project: a combination of intriguing, important material, an aesthetic challenge, exciting collaborators and the chance to work within the fabric of a community. With PlayMakers’ production of Disgraced, she’s “grateful to have the opportunity to explore this remarkably insightful, challenging, and chiseled play with gifted collaborators who are dear old colleagues and new found friends.”

Sep 3 2015

Director Shishir Kurup on the daring of Disgraced

“I wanted to direct Disgraced for a number of reasons, one being that it doesn’t shy away from the challenging and provocative questions of co-existence in the United States with its celebration of diversity and requisite fall out of that hybridity; namely a culture where people feel like they belong everywhere while also feeling like… Read more »

Aug 21 2015

Creating Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam – Part 2: Taking the Story Onstage

Trieu Tran shares some thoughts on taking his autobiographical play from “page to stage.” Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam is Trieu’s first solo play, written with co-author Robert Egan. They developed the piece in 2011 at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, where Robert is Artistic Director/Producer. Then they took it to Seattle where ACT/A Contemporary Theatre… Read more »

Aug 18 2015

Creating Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam – Part 1: Inspiration and Conception

In this season’s PRC2 opener, Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam, creator/performer Trieu Tran shares an intense autobiographical journey. How did he and collaborator/director Robert Egan turn his true story into a riveting theatrical performance? “Robert and I were doing a play together in New York about the aftermath of the Viet Nam War on a… Read more »

Jul 21 2015

Beating the Odds: How Guys and Dolls Conquered Broadway, America, and the World

by Gregory KablePart Two: America and the World, or My Time of Day Frank Loesser rehearsing Marlon Brando and Edward Hopper’s poignant Nighthawks (1942).( ( My time of day is the dark time A couple of deals before dawn When the street belongs to the cop And the janitor with the mop And the grocery… Read more »

Jul 9 2015

Associate Artistic Director Jeff Meanza Takes Guys & Dolls Back to Its Roots

Jeff Meanza counts his nine summers overseeing the Summer Youth Conservatory as “incredibly close to my heart” and “without a doubt my favorite part of what we do here at PlayMakers.” Jeff‘s managed the SYC program since its inception in 2007, presenting acclaimed shows like The Music Man, Oliver! and last year’s hit production of… Read more »

Jul 6 2015

A New Look at an Iconic Musical: Robin Vest’s Scenic Design for Guys & Dolls

Scenic designer Robin Vest returns to PlayMakers to create the set for Guys & Dolls. She’s an SYC veteran, having designed last summer’s colorful take on 1960s Baltimore for Hairspray. Her other designs for PlayMakers include the sets for A Raisin in the Sun/Clybourne Park and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. Robin says “The most exciting thing… Read more »

May 14 2015

15/16 Season Preview and Q&A with Joseph Haj

On June 11th at 6:30pm we’re hosting a special preview of the upcoming season including a Q&A with Producing Artistic Director Joseph Haj. WUNC’s Frank Stasio will join Joe onstage to discuss the 2015/16 lineup and what’s ahead for PlayMakers. It will be an evening of celebration for our PlayMakers family and the community. As… Read more »