Sep 9 2011

The Design of “A Number”

What was the inspiration for the haunting set design for A Number, the first PRC² production of the season? Costume and set designer Jan Chambers reveals that her design process began upon discovering the backstory actor Ray Dooley created for his character. After learning that Dooley decided that his character’s emotional problems arose from a… Read more »

Sep 5 2011

Some (fun) historical context for “In the Next Room”

Here’s a little historical background on the vibrator, to get you in the mood for our upcoming production of In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)… 1913 ad for White Cross vibrator A vibrator for every home! As electricity became an in-home convenience, the vibrator became the fifth domestic appliance to be electrified and available for… Read more »

May 23 2011

50th Anniversary Festivities in Jackson, MS

The Freedom Riders are returning to Jackson, MS. This week, people from all over the country will descend upon Jackson to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides of 1961. Playwright/Director/Actor Mike Wiley will bring their story to PlayMakers this Fall in the professional World Premiere of The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of… Read more »

Apr 13 2011

Tar and Feathers and BIG RIVER!

A new “behind the scenes” video! See Costume Designer Bill Black and Crafts Artisan Rachel Pollock give an inside look at the famous “tar and feathering” scene in Big River. Video by Braxton Hood. Big River runs April 6 – 24, 2011. Explore the show here.

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 »