Meet Thornton Wilder

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Most theatre-goers know Thornton Wilder as the author of Our Town, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play chronicling the poetry of life and death in a small New England town. But Wilder was far more than “just” a playwright. As one of the greatest Renaissance Men of the turn of the 19th century, he seemed to excel… Read more »

Why I Want to Return to Live, In-Person Theatre

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As COVID vaccination numbers continue to rise, I–like many of my peers–have been wondering “What is actually safe for me to do now?” My COVID bubble had been on essentially complete lockdown since we moved into our off-campus homes last August: we refused to see anyone outside of our bubble, refrained from indoor and outdoor… Read more »

Thank You for Teaching Us the Language of Clothing

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Bobbi Owen recently retired as the Michael R. McVaugh Distinguished Professor of Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her list of professional accomplishments is long and impressive: between teaching costume design and history, she’s written hundreds of articles, published nine books (mainly on theatrical costume design and designers, but most recently on “PlayMakers Repertory Company: A… Read more »

Nikole Hannah-Jones

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One week ago on CBS television Nikole Hannah -jones announced her decision to reject UNC’s last-minute offer of tenure and instead to accept the Knight Chair position at Howard University. PlayMaker’s stands proudly with her decision to reject an offer that was made only after a series of protests from staff, faculty and students that… Read more »

The Time is Now

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by Jules Odendahl-James, Director
Marvel Cooke exists on the edges of time. You won’t find her name at the center of chapters about famous Minnesotans, labor organizers, Black journalists, citizens who stood up to McCarthy, devout Communists, even nonagenarians…

Playwright Notes from Jacqueline E. Lawton

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I first learned about Marvel Cooke when I applied for UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities’ Faculty Fellowship Program. Cooke was an investigative journalist and activist, who participated in the labor organizing in the 1930s and worked for civil rights and justice…

PLAYMAKERS ANTIRACISM ACCOUNTABILITY STATEMENT

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At the heart of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s mission is the belief that theater has the power to transform individuals and entire communities. There is no more aspirational or urgent a use of that power than working to dismantle the systems of oppression, white supremacy, and racism that pervade American life and consume the American Theatre. PlayMakers continues to assess and evaluate our own practices… Read more »

Virtually There

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Mike Wiley is at his best when interacting with a lively audience. What does that mean for “Blood Done Sign My Name”? It means that Mike had to get real creative!