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 »

Apr 30 2015

Dreaming in Vivid Detail: Jade Bettin’s Design for Mary’s Wedding

In Stephen Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding we follow Mary and Charlie through a dream sequence the night before Mary is supposed to get married. Costume designer, Jade Bettin’s, research coupled with her evident passion for the play have produced designs that are detailed and multifaceted. They create a canvas for actors Carey Cox and Myles Bullock to paint their… Read more »

Apr 21 2015

Director Cody Nickell on imagining his “dream play,” Mary’s Wedding

In Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte, two actors come together to create a dream sequence taking us through horse rides, battle scenes and tea parties that ultimately lead to the blossoming of their love. The character Charlie first addresses the audience and makes it perfectly clear that the events to follow are part of a… Read more »

Apr 15 2015

Wardrobes that span decades in 4000 Miles

In Amy Herzog’s play 4000 Miles, life unexpectedly throws Leo and Vera together. They are drastically different, with Leo in biking attire and casual jeans and Vera in the effortless wardrobe she’s collected throughout her time living in the West Village of New York City. Costume designer Jan Chambers has crafted distinct ensembles that reflect… Read more »