Mar 31 2011

Behind the Scenes of BIG RIVER

Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes look atBig River, our first musical in over a decade! Big River runs April 6 – 24, 2011. Learn more here.

Mar 28 2011

The Sound of BIG RIVER

Curious about how a Sound Designer approaches a musical? Watch the video below to see our resident sound designer Ryan Gastelum give some insight into the challenges of working on PlayMakers’ first musical in over a decade, and what it’s like to work with The Red Clay Ramblers! Click here to learn more about our… Read more »

Mar 18 2011

Announcing our 2011/2012 Season!

We’re thrilled to announce our terrific 2011/2012 season! Watch the video below to see Producing Artistic Director Joseph Haj give an overview of each of next year’s plays. Mainstage Season: In The Next Room(or the vibrator play) by Sarah RuhlSeptember 21 – October 9, 2011 The Parchman Hourwritten and directed by Mike WileyOctober 26 – November… Read more »

Mar 10 2011

Glimpses of BIG RIVER costumes

by Rachel Pollock Our final show of the season, Hauptman and Miller’s musical Big River, is in full swing in the costume shop at PlayMakers, and though I don’t have any completed projects to talk about yet, I do have some glimpses behind-the-scenes of things we’re working on… Shoes await rubberizing in the crafts facility. Freshly-begrimed raffia… Read more »

Feb 23 2011

Get out the vote!

Please forgive us as we indulge in shameless self-promotion for a moment… It’s time for the Independent Weekly’s “Best of the Triangle” Awards! There are two categories in particular that we’d like to direct you towards: “Best Live Theater Venue” and “Best Live Theater Company.” We’re both! The Triangle has some great theater so we understand… Read more »

Feb 17 2011

Chairs in Heaven

Where do angels sit? Set designer Narelle Sissons was responsible for answering that question for Angels in America, and what she came up with is pretty cool. Narelle’s research for this piece began with the idea of a winged chair… …which became more specific with a detailed look for the wings… …then the final piece was crafted by… Read more »

Feb 3 2011

Sketching out a costume design

With Angels in America in previews this week, now’s a great time to take a closer look at the extensive preparation put into this epic two-part production. Let’s start with the costumes! Check out these early research boards that Costume Designer Jan Chambers created for the character of Belize, played by actor Avery Glymph. Each… Read more »

Jan 27 2011

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed at PlayMakers!

Four 12’ x 12’ panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in the PlayMakers lobby throughout the run of Angels in America, including 2 early pieces in memory of Roy Cohn. Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation – the international caretaker of The Quilt — works to preserve, care for and use… Read more »

Jan 24 2011

Making angels

Our scenic artists and carpenters are hard at work this week building the world for Angels in America. Check out this backstage photo of the Bethesda Angel in construction. The original version of this angel stands on the Bethesda Fountain in New York City’s Central Park, one of the many locations included in Angels in America. … Read more »