The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Music & Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Additional Materials by Jay Reiss. Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine. PlayMakers Repertory Company's Summer Youth Conservatory. July 27-31, 2022. Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art | playmakersrep.org | 919.962.7529


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Table of Contents

Letter from Jeffrey
Title Page
Who We Are
Cast List & TheatreTech
Musical Numbers
PlayMakers’ Production Team
Theatre Intensive and TheatreTech Bios
Creative Team Bios
About Summer Youth Conservatory
General Information
Announcing Our 22/23 Season

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Letter from Jeffrey. Jeffrey Meanza, Associate Artistic Director
S-A-L-U-T-A-T-I-O-N-S!

Welcome back to the Paul Green Theatre for one of PlayMakers’ favorite concoctions, the Summer Youth Conservatory. The SYC started as a grand experiment back in 2007: What would happen if we took a group of area young people and put them through the crucible of a professional theatre process?

Since that year, the program has grown to include training in technical theatre, one-week and multi-week classes for middle and high school students in subjects from Stage Combat to Improv to Shakespeare, and it has welcomed back many alumni to participate as interns, mentors and even this year’s producer (I’m looking at you, Chelsea James). We even have an SYC alumna starring on NBC’s LAW & ORDER! So, yah, we’re pretty sure it was a successful experiment.

And after two years of struggles, it is so exciting to be back on stage with William Finn’s hilarious and oddly moving examination of a rag tag group of elementary school spellers, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. When Viv Benesch, our Artistic Director learned we were looking at this title she giggled and said, “Oh! How PERFECT!”

And what an amazing group of students we’ve had this summer. From the scene shop to the costume shop, to stage management, to the fantastic actors, they have created something that truly lives up to the idea of company. And under the fantastically creative leadership of Tracy Bersley, Jo Li, and many others, we are so excited to have you here to experience the magic.

So, to all the logophiles, outsiders, perfectionists, odd balls and just plain humans, this one’s for you.

Enjoy the show!

Jeffrey Meanza
Associate Artistic Director
(and resident weirdo)


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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music & Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Additional Materials by Jay Reiss

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Directed by Tracy Bersley

Musical Director

Joanna Li

Scenic Designer

Anita Tripathi

Costume Designer

Erin M. West

Lighting Designer

Maranda DeBusk

Sound Designer/Engineer

Morgann Russell

Assistant Director

Lormarev Jones

Assistant Musical Director

Jesse Kapsha

Stage Manager

Aspen Jackson

JULY 27-31, 2022

Based upon C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play by The Farm

The Barrington Stage Company workshop of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE was originally co-directed by Michael Barakiva and Rebecca Feldman

PlayMakers is the Professional Theatre of the Department of Dramatic Art
Kathryn Hunter-Williams, Chair
Vivienne Benesch, Producing Artistic Director
Produced in association with The College of Arts and Sciences
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Who We Are

PlayMakers is…

“One of America’s Best Regional Theatres” (American Theatre Magazine), PlayMakers Repertory Company is North Carolina’s premier professional theatre company, proudly in residence on the dynamic campus of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The professional company was founded in 1976, growing out of a storied 100 year tradition of playmaking at Carolina. Our mission is to produce relevant, courageous work that tells stories from and for a multiplicity of perspectives. We believe that theatre can have a transformational impact on individuals and entire communities, and we are committed to the work of becoming an anti-racist organization whose work is accessible to all.

At the very heart of the PlayMakers experience is one of the nation’s last remaining resident theatre companies, made up of accomplished performers, directors, designers, artisans, and technicians, and supported by exceptional graduate students in UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art. Our company works side by side with guest artists from all over the world and our alumni include Pulitzer Prize, Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy Award® winners.

Creating Tomorrow’s Classics, Today

Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch is continuing PlayMakers’ tradition of producing vibrantly reimagined classics, large-scale musical theatre, and significant contemporary work, but is also broadening the company’s reach to become a home for new play development and a true hub of social and civic discourse in the region. Her first five seasons have already given life to ten important new American plays.

A Hub of Engagement

PlayMakers seeks to provoke thought, stimulate discussion and push the boundaries of the theatrical form in everything we do. Whether through our intimate @Play series, our mainstage offerings or our virtual line-up, we look for opportunities for direct, dynamic engagement between audiences, artists and thinkers. The Vision Series, post-show discussions and a host of unique engagement opportunities enrich our audience’s experience of the live arts.

Theatre for the People

PlayMakers Mobile is an initiative that seeks to contribute positively to the civic and social life of our region by taking world-class theatre out of our building and into the community. We create a streamlined production of a play each year and take it to schools, transitional housing facilities, and long-term treatment facilities around the Greater Triangle area. And best of all, it’s all free of charge. We look forward to getting back on the road as soon as we can do so safely.

Passing the Torch

PlayMakers’ award-winning Summer Youth Conservatory is the only professionally supported training program of its kind in the region. The Theatre Quest program provides camps to area middle school students, while the Theatre Intensive and TheatreTech programs allow Triangle high schoolers to apprentice directly with professional directors, choreographers, musical directors, and technicians, culminating in a professional quality production on the PlayMakers mainstage for the whole community to enjoy.

Eliminating Barriers

With a commitment to eliminating barriers for attendance when we host live events, PlayMakers offers All Access performances for our patrons living with disabilities, we offer accessible $20 tickets for all performances, and tickets reduced to just $10 for UNC students and $12 for all other students. Our Spotlight on Service program also offers complimentary tickets to local service organizations. This season, we are proud to offer complimentary tickets to front-line workers in honor of their ongoing service to the community. For more information, please contact prcboxoffice@unc.edu.


Our Mission

As the premiere professional theatre company of North Carolina, PlayMakers Repertory Company strives to produce entertaining, relevant, and courageous work that tells stories from and for a multiplicity of perspectives and creates transformational impact in our immediate and extended communities.


Our Vision

Provoke
Represent
Create


Our Values

Artistic excellence and artistry
Education and training
Community engagement
Access and equity
Financial health
Discovery and innovation
Collaboration and communication
Culture of support


Antiracism Accountability Statement

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 in order to embed equitable, antiracist policies into strategic planning, our mission, and our operations.

PlayMakers Repertory Company, and those of us who work here, commit to the following:

  • To work intentionally to create an antiracist culture in our company.
  • To continually educate ourselves on the ways in which we can combat racism locally and nationally as we move to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable sense of belonging for every one of our constituents.
  • To demonstrate our values through action in our policies, practices, and procedures.

We are grateful to Black, Indigenous and People of Color artists and administrators within our local community as well as the larger theatrical community across the country for the resources they’ve expended, both in time and emotional labor. Their work lays an important foundation for us by articulating some of the harmful practices that must change immediately as well as identifying pathways for the long-term evolution that must follow. In that light, this document is the beginning of a response to the demands for change made by the anti-racist organization #WeSeeYouWhiteAmericanTheater.

As a professional theatre company embedded in, and inextricably linked to the Department of Dramatic Art (DDA) at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, the path forward will be complex and singular. We will therefore be updating our action items and commitments continuously as our work evolves.

We at PlayMakers understand our responsibility not only to the artists, staff, and audiences with which we engage, but significantly, to the many students training here for a career in the theater.

For more information on our next steps, please read our full statement here.

These are not our first steps, and by no means our last. They are not perfect. And they are not enough. But they are steps forward. We invite you to come back to our website and our theater often and monitor our progress. We take our responsibility to this effort seriously and we welcome your involvement and assessment.


Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the Center for Dramatic Art is located on the unceded lands of one or more of Abiayala’s (the Americas’) original sovereign nations, the name(s) of which have not yet been affirmed. The unjust acquisition of these Indigenous lands came about through a history of racism, violence, dispossession, displacement, and erasure of cultures by settlers as part of the larger, land-centered project of settler colonialism.
As we look to the future, please join us in acknowledging and learning about the atrocities committed against these Nations and work with us towards inclusion, representation, and a better relationship with citizens of sovereign American Indian and Alaska Native nations.

Why is Land Acknowledgement important?

This statement is part of the continual interrogation of our own participation and complacency in colonial structures and a call for greater awareness, accountability, and intentionality in the work we do. As storytellers we are committed to learning and telling stories in ways that will have transformational impact in our immediate and extended communities.

We are excited by future partnerships with Native Americans and look forward to sharing this journey of knowledge and growth with you.


Learn more: UNC American Indian Center


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Cast List


Marcy Park — Amari Bullett
Sophie Jackson — Cat Copland
Chip Tolentino/Carl Dad — Webb Cummings
Olive Ostrovsky — Kaelie Goss
Meg Mahoney — Micah Hughes
Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy) — Liv McIntyre
Leaf Coneybear/Jesus — Bjorn Parins
William Barfee/Dan Dad — Anton Peter
Rona Lisa Peretti/Olive’s Mom — Mitra Samei
Theo Guskiewicz — Bryten Thomson
Vice Principal Douglas Panch/Olive’s Dad — Buck Thornton

TheatreTech

Costumes
Josie Bledsoe Veggian
Raelyn Broucksou
Willow Denuo
 
Scenic
Trevor Blanton-Parke
Caitlyn Doughty
Ansleigh Geeslin
Anabel Gutierrez
Daniel Martinez Perez
Maryam Samei
 
Stage Management
Leo Robinson
Laura Stone


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Musical Numbers

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Company
The Rules: Spellers and Panch
My Friend, the Dictonary: Olive
Pandemonium: Spellers, Panch, and Meg
I’m Not That Smart: Leaf
Magic Foot: Barfee, Rona, and Spellers
Pandemonium (Reprise): Company
My Favorite Moment of the Bee (II): Rona
Prayer of the Comfort Counselor: Meg
Chip’s Lament: Chip
Woe Is Me: Schwartzy, Carl, Dan and Company
Spelling Montage: Spellers
I’m Not That Smart (Reprise): Leaf
I Speak Six Languages: Marcy and Girls
The I Love You Song: Olive and Olive’s Parents
Woe is Me (Reprise): Schwartzy, Barfee, and Olive
My Favorite Moment of the Bee (III): Rona
Second: Olive, Barfee, Panch, and Rona
Finale: Company
The Last Goodbye: Company

Musicians – The Bee Band

Keyboard 2: Andrea Dreier
Reeds: Wayne Leechford
Keyboard 1: Joanna Li
Cello: Peng Li
Drums: Daniel McCloud

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Summer Youth Conservatory Production Team

Production Manager: Michael Rolleri
Technical Director: Laura Pates
Assistant Technical Director: Adam Maxfield
Props: Emma Anderson
Master Electrician: Benjamin Bosch
Master Carpenter: Anthony Cacchione
Costume Shop Manager: Amy Evans
Wardrope Supervisor: Marissa Lupkas
Scenic Charge: Jessica Secrest
 
Producers: Chelsea James, Jeffrey Meanza, Jeri Lynn Schulke
Directing Assistant: Haylee Cartee
Videographer: Michael Sparks
Directing Intern: Rosie Cassidy
Costume Shop Intern: Helen Erikson
Scene Shop Intern: Michael Lyons
Stage Management Intern: Ripley Reid


Actor Bios


Amari Bullett

Marcy Park

Rising 9th Grader from Pittsboro, NC



Cat Copland

Sophie Jackson

Catherine is a rising freshman at East Chapel Hill High School.



Webb Cummings

Chip Tolentino/Carl Dad

Webb is a rising senior at Jordan High School in Durham, NC.



Kaelie Goss

Olive Ostrovsky

Kaelie is a rising senior at Durham School of the Arts.



Micah Hughes

Meg Mahoney

Summer Youth Conservatory: “Bright Star”.
Micah is a rising senior at East Chapel Hill High School.



Liv McIntyre

Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy)

Liv is a rising freshman at East Chapel Hill High School.



Bjorn Parins

Leaf Coneybear/Jesus

Bjorn is a rising freshman at Guilford College.



Anton Peter

William Barfee/Dan Dad

Anton will be attending The University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts this fall.



Mitra Samei

Rona Lisa Peretti/Olive’s Mom

Mitra is a rising senior at East Chapel Hill High School.



Bryten Thomson

Theo Guskiewicz

Bryten is a rising high school freshman.



Buck Thornton

Vice Principal Douglas Panch/Olive’s Dad

Buck is a rising senior at Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City, NC.



Trevor Blanton-Parke

Scenic

Trevor is a rising sophomore at Durham School of the Arts.



Josie Bledsoe Veggian

Costumes

Josie is a rising 11th grader in Chapel Hill, NC.



Raelyn Brouksou

Costumes

Raelyn is a rising senior at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, NC.



Willow Denuo

Costumes

Willow is a rising senior at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC.



Caitlyn Doughty

Scenic

Caitlyn is a rising junior at Riverside High School in Durham, NC.



Ansleigh Geeslin

Scenic

Ansleigh is a rising sophomore at Durham School of the Arts



Anabel Gutierrez

Scenic

Anabel is a rising senior at Durham Academy.



Daniel Martinez Perez

Scenic

Daniel is a rising freshman at Durham Tech.



Leo Robinson

Stage Management

Leo is a rising senior at East Chapel Hill High School.



Maryam Samei

Scenic

Maryam is a rising senior at East Chapel Hill High School.



Laura Stone

Stage Management

Laura is a rising freshman at UNC Greensboro.


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Creative Team Bios


Tracy Bersley

Director/Choreographer


PlayMakers: Movement coach and resident choreographer in her fourth season.

Off-Broadway / New York: As director/choreographer— Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), The Lortel Theatre, Primary Stages, and many award-winning Off-Broadway companies, such as The Civilians and Red Bull Theatre.

Regional: As director/choreographer— Carolina Performing Arts, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Eduction / Other: Served as professor or guest artist at Yale School of Drama, Princeton University, New York University, Purchase College, Columbia University/Barnard College, and The Juilliard School. Tracy received her MFA in Directing from Syracuse University and is currently co-head of the Professional Actor Training Program in the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill, a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and a Drama League Fellow


Joanna Li

Musical Director


PlayMakers: “Cabaret”.

Broadway: “Chicken & Biscuits” (Circle In The Square); “What The Constitution Means to Me” (Broadway & Tour Associate).

Joanna earned her Bachelors of Music from Baylor University and her Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since then, she has music directed across the United States, including local organizations such as Theatre Raleigh, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Temple Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, and her own newly-formed company Two-Way Street Theatre, all while serving as the organist for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary. In 2021, Jo was Associate Musical Director for “Gold Mountain” at Utah Shakespeare Festival.


Anita Tripathi

Scenic Designer


PlayMakers: “Bright Star”, “Stick Fly”.

Broadway: Associate designer for David Gallo on several productions

Regional: Previous Resident Designer at Virginia Stage Company, credits include “Of Mice and Men”, “Private Lives”, “A Christmas Carol” and others; “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey) Currently design frequently for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, including the world premiere of Steven Dietz’s new play, “The Ghost of Splinter Cover”.

Education/Awards/Other: Assistant Professor of Design and Technology at Davidson College; MFA from University of South Carolina. Member USA Local 829. anitajtripathi.com


Erin M. West

Costume Designer


PlayMakers: Debut.

Education: MFA in Costume Design from The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a BA in Studio Art from James Madison University. Currently serving as the Costume Shop Manager for Duke University, she has worked with Washington & Lee University, James Madison University, Westminster College, American Dance Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, The Virginia Repertory Dance Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and The American Shakespeare Center.

erinmwest.com


Maranda DeBusk

Lighting Designer


Pronouns: she/her

PlayMakers: Debut.

Regional: Actors Express, Music Theatre Wichita, Warehouse Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Triad Stage, Serenbe Playhouse. Associate/Assistant Design: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Trinity Repertory Company, and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

International: 2019 Featured Emerging Artist, Prague Quadrennial, Prague, Czech Republic. 2017 Emerging Artist, World Stage Design, Taipei, Taiwan.

Other: Assistant Professor of Design at University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Website: maranda-debusk.com
Facebook: @maranda.debusk
Instagram: @maranda.debusk


Aspen Jackson

Stage Manager


PlayMakers: Debut

Aspen graduated in May of 2019 with a BA in Vocal Performance and Dramatic Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill. During her undergraduate career, she was stage manager for shows such as “Cendrillon, Dido and Aeneas” and “The Pillowman”. After graduating, Aspen completed an internship with the Walt Disney World Company and she worked as a production assistant for PlayMakers Repertory Company during their 19/20 and 21/22 seasons. Aspen is thrilled to be returning to PlayMakers Repertory Company this season for her debut as Resident Stage Manager.


Vivienne Benesch

Producing Artistic Director


Vivienne is in her seventh full season as a company member and Producing Artistic Director at PlayMakers, where she has helmed productions of “The Storyteller,” “Dairyland,” “Life of Galileo,” “Leaving Eden,” “The May Queen,” “Three Sisters,” “Love Alone,” “RED” and “In The Next Room.” In her six seasons with the theatre, she is particularly proud to have produced 10 world-premieres and launched PlayMakers Mobile, a touring production aimed at reaching underserved audiences around the Triangle. For 12 seasons, she served as Artistic Director of the renowned Chautauqua Theater Company and Conservatory, presiding over the company’s transformation into one of the best summer theatres and most competitive summer training programs in the country. Vivienne has also directed for the Folger Shakespeare Theatre (Helen Hayes nomination for best direction 2019), The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Trinity Repertory Company, NY Stage & Film, and Red Bull Theatre, among others. In 2018, she directed the world premiere of Noah Haidle’s “Birthday Candles” for Detroit Public Theatre and recently directed it again on Broadway in 2022, starring Debra Messing. As an actress, Vivienne has worked on and off-Broadway, in film and television, at many of the country’s most celebrated theatres, and received an Obie Award for her performance in Lee Blessing’s “Going to St. Ives.” Vivienne is a graduate of Brown University and NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. As an educator, she has directed for and served on the faculty of some of the nation’s foremost actor training programs, including The Juilliard School, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Professional Actor Training Program, Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program, and at her alma mater, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. She is the 2017 recipient of the Zelda Fichandler Award given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.


Michael Rolleri

Production Manager


Michael is in his 35th season with PlayMakers Repertory Company. He has been Technical Director, Project Manager, Exhibition Technician and Lighting Designer for industrial shows in the Southeast region, as well as lead carpenter for films, the U.S. Olympic Festival and scenic studios. He has also been a rigger in the Southeast region and has served on the executive board and as President of IATSE Local 417. Michael is a 30-year Gold Pin member of IATSE. An active member of the United States Institute For Theatre Technology (USITT), he is a three-time winner at USITT’s Tech Expo. He is a full Professor/Head of the Technical Production Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and was an instructor at High Point University and Tufts University.

Education: MFA in Design and Technical Production, UNC-Greensboro.


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About Our Summer Youth Conservatory


“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is the culmination of PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory, a six-week practicum for high school students—both on stage and behind the scenes—combining top-notch teaching with unparalleled practical experience. Students work with professional directors, choreographers, musical directors, and theatre technicians to mount a professional quality production for all to enjoy.


In addition to our flagship summer productions over the past decade, we host a wide variety of theatre summer camps for area middle school and high school students.

DONORS

Elizabeth M. Amend | Lauren Brady | Sharon Lawrence-Apostle | Geneva Holliday | David Howell | Roy Milton | Jennifer Seiger | Harriet Solomon | Triangle Community Foundation | Robin Visser | Ernest Wilkes


We are proud to offer generous scholarship opportunities and are thankful to our Summer Youth Conservatory Fund donors who ensure no student experiences financial hardship by joining us and learning with us. We invite you to contribute to the fund and help the next generation continue to grow and create the great theatre you enjoy.

Ways to Give

Online

Donate

Phone or Email

prc_development@unc.edu
919.962.2481

Mail

Send your check to:
PlayMakers Repertory Company Development Department
Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art
CB 3235
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3235

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General Information

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music & Lyrics by William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Additional Materials by Jay Reiss

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
No intermission

Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art
CB# 3235, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3235

Box Office: 919.962.7529
Website: www.playmakersrep.org

What Will Shows Look Like This Year?

The 22/23 season will feature six productions on the Paul Green Theatre stage, which will be transformed into the heart of the Harlem Renaissance, a usurper King’s court in Denmark, a neighborhood backyard battleground, a queen’s playground in Florida, a meddlesome English matchmaker’s drawing room, and, finally, familiar ground in the South for a young man’s journey of creative self-discovery.

Health and Safety

PlayMakers Repertory Company is committed to the safety and well-being of our patrons, artists and staff. We will be following state, industry and University safety guidelines in the 22/23 season.

All patrons are encouraged to wear masks while inside the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.

We have increased sanitation measures throughout the building and put some new protocols in place to improve safety including:

  • Touch free electronic ticketing
  • Hand sanitizers throughout the Center for Dramatic Art
  • More frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces
  • HEPA filtration units

What If I Have to Miss My Performance Date?

For the safety of all our artists, patrons, and staff, if you feel unwell, please stay home. You may call our Box Office and ask to be reseated for another performance, or request a refund up to 48 hour before your ticketed performance.

If you know you will miss a performance date, we can exchange your ticket for you, based on availability. Please call our Box Office at least 48 hours before your scheduled performance, and please be aware that all exchanges are based on availability and a fee or additional cost may apply. Subscribers may exchange their tickets with no additional fee, but additional cost may apply with a change in performance or section.

Box Office Hours

Mon, Weds, Fri 12:00 noon-5:00p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance.

Use of Cell Phones and Other Electronics

Texting and using cell phones, laptops, smart watches, and other light- or sound-emitting devices are strictly prohibited during the performance. Please turn all electronic devices to silent, theatre mode, or off during the show.

Cameras or Recording Devices

Taking photographs or videotaping inside the theatre is strictly prohibited during performances. However, before the show, during intermission, and after the show, you are invited to take and share your photos of the stage and scenery.

Parking

There are several paid and free parking options available near PlayMakers. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before the show so that you have time to park and pay (Monday-Thursday evenings only) and find your seat. For more information and an interactive map of nearby parking options, please visit www.playmakersrep.org/parking

Policy on Young Children

As a courtesy to our patrons, it is the policy of PlayMakers not to admit children under the age of 5. All of our shows have content ratings for each production (for example: Rated PG-13). If you are considering bringing your child, please refer to website or contact our Box Office for further information. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Headsets for Hearing Impaired Patrons

Our theatres are equipped with sound systems that amplify the sound from the stage. Patrons who wish to use the system may obtain headsets on a first-come, first-served basis from the coat check. Headsets must be returned immediately after the performance.

Late Seating and Leaving Your Seat During the Performance

To minimize disruptions to the actors and other patrons, late seating will be provided at the discretion of the house manager at an appropriate break in the action on stage. Patrons who need to be seated late must be escorted by house staff to seats at the rear entrance of the auditorium, which entails climbing a flight of stairs. Patrons can take their regular seat at intermission.


Corporate and Foundation Partners

PlayMakers’ 2021/22 Season is Made Possible in Part by Grants from

National Endowment for the Arts
North Carolina Arts Council

The Shubert Foundation
Arts Midwest

Foundation Support

National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council, The Shubert Foundation, Fidelity Foundation, Truist Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America

Additional Funding for Guest Artists is Provided by

Robert Boyer and Margaret Boyer Fund, Louise Lamont Fund, Emeriti Professors Charles and Shirley Weiss Fund

Producing Council

Mebane Lumber, Residence Inn Chapel Hill, Spoonflower, Larry’s Coffee, The Siena Hotel/Il Palio Restaurant

Corporate Council

De Maison Selections, Aloft

Associates

Cambria Suites


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Announcing PlayMakers’ 22/23 Season

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The season features six productions on the Paul Green Theatre stage, which will be transformed into the heart of the Harlem Renaissance, a usurper King’s court in Denmark, a neighborhood backyard battleground, a queen’s playground in Florida, a meddlesome English matchmaker’s drawing room, and, finally, familiar ground in the South for a young man’s journey of creative self-discovery.


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