PlayMakers, the professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present “Exit Cuckoo” as part of its thought-provoking PRC2 second stage series, in which each performance is followed by artist-audience discussion. The play completes the 2010-2011 lineup, joining two other plays, “Happy Days” by Samuel Beckett (Sept. 8-12) and Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking” (April 27-May 1).

PlayMakers’ Mainstage season opens Sept. 22 with William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “As You Like It.”

Ramirez lived the real nanny diaries when a temp job became a career by default. Then the performer in her prevailed, turning personal experience plus eye-opening stories from the globalized culture of childcare into an award-winning solo show injected with humor and heartbreak. She tells her story interwoven with portrayals of characters including mothers, children, the head of a nanny agency and caretakers from Ireland, Trinidad and Central America.

Eve Ensler, creator of “The Vagina Monologues,” called the show “both brave and funny” and said “Ramirez gives us an inside look into the complicated, disturbing, often overlooked world of mothers, nannies and children.” The New York Times called it “funny, sad and satisfyingly complex.”
 
“Exit Cuckoo” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2 p.m. on Jan. 16. Tickets are currently available as part of PlayMakers’ 2010-2011 season subscription packages. For more information, call the PlayMakers box office at (919) 962-PLAY (7529) or visit www.playmakersrep.org. PRC² shows are presented in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road.

Obie Award-winner Colman Domingo will direct. The actor-director-playwright recently starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical “Passing Strange.”
PlayMakers is based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Drama League of New York has named PlayMakers one of the best regional theaters in America.
Web site: www.playmakersrep.org
2010-2011 season release: http://uncnews.unc.edu/content/view/3357/107/
PlayMakers contact: Connie Mahan, (919) 428-1744, cmahan@email.unc.edu