PlayMakers, the professional theater in residence at the
“The Big Bang” is a mix of music, drama, poetry and movement charting the creative history of the critically acclaimed group. The show includes timely takes on the American landscape from Universes’ hit plays “Slanguage,”“Blue Suite,”“The Last Word” and their latest presentation, “Ameriville,” which debuted at this season’s Humana Festival of New American Plays in
“Ameriville” examines the state of the American union through the lens of Hurricane Katrina and
Universes will perform “The Big Bang” at 8 p.m. nightly Jan. 13-17 and 2 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art on
Universes is known for being eloquent, edgy and entertaining. The Los Angeles Times wrote of the New York-based ensemble, “These performers are fierce, funny and bitingly intelligent.” The Village Voice (
The Triangle’s Independent Weekly gave the group’s 2007 show at PlayMakers a rave review, saying these are “folks you’ve got to see and (particularly) hear” with “Intricate rhythms and intricate stories, told by artists … as adept at polyrhythmic musical composition as they are at acting.”
“The Big Bang” continues the 2009-10 season of PlayMakers’ thought-provoking PRC2 second-stage series, where each presentation combines a topical production coupled with engaging post-show discussions with the creative artists.
Special events during “The Big Bang” will include:
- A discussion with the members of Universes at The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on South Road on the UNC campus Jan. 14 at 3 p.m.;
- A pre-show mixer with beer, wine and snacks hosted by UNC’s General Alumni Association Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. The $32 cost includes a ticket to the evening’s performance. Call (919) 962-0313 or visit http://www.alumni.unc.edu/ to make reservations;
- A spoken word competition following the performance in the Kenan Theatre on Jan. 15. The competition is open to the public, as well as show attendees. No advance registration is required.
Completing this season’s PRC2 line-up will be “I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By a Young Lady From Rwanda” (March 24-28).
Also coming up for PlayMakers aremainstageproductions of Arthur Miller’s searing masterpiece “All My Sons” (Jan. 27-Feb. 14) and Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” (March 3-21).
Based in UNC’s
PlayMakers contact: Connie Mahan, (919) 428-1744, firstname.lastname@example.org.