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Table of Contents

Letter from Vivienne
Support PlayMakers
Who We Are
Title Page
Program Notes
About Dipika Guha
Actor Bios
Creative Team Bios
General Information
PlayMakers Staff
Friends of PlayMakers
Corporate and Foundation Partners

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Letter from Viv. Vivienne Benesch, Producing Artistic Director
Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for joining us back at the theatre. I’m excited to share with you this brilliant satire from one of the country’s smartest and dynamic playwrights, Dipika Guha. “Yoga Play” is a thrilling journey through the lives of three C-suite executives attempting to revitalize a declining athleisurewear company. Dipika wrote the play as a commission for South Coast Repertory, based in Costa Mesa, CA. She and her husband had recently relocated to California, and she became fascinated with the remarkably dichotomous cultural values of the state. It’s been written that “’Yoga Play’ is a journey towards enlightenment in a world determined to sell it.”

We are so lucky to have an amazing artistic team bringing this hilarious and poignant play to the stage. Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh makes her PlayMakers debut, having recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. A writer, director and educator, Pirronne has brought all of her many intelligences to this production, creating a fast-paced rollercoaster ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Given all that we have confronted over the last several years, I’m proud to share a play that exemplifies that unique blend of brilliant comedy and fierce intelligence adding up to something that is deeply moving and thought provoking.

I invite you to join us on the mat and take a collective cleansing breath as you experience “Yoga Play”.

Warmly,

Vivienne

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Support PlayMakers. A Letter from Amy Guskiewicz, Advisory Council Chair

It is my pleasure to serve another year as the chair of the PlayMakers Advisory Council and welcome you back to the Paul Green Theatre stage for our 2021-22 season.

Our five-show season was born out of the need to celebrate the healing power of human connection after a year that challenged us all. We believe that the theatre will have an important role to play in making sense of the complex world in which we find ourselves in. When I walk out of PlayMakers after a show, I always say how lucky we are to have a theater with such world-class performances right here in Chapel Hill. This season, I am grateful for the opportunity to experience PlayMakers’ signature variety of shows, live and in person once again!

In addition to an impressive lineup of powerful performances, PlayMakers continues its work serving the Triangle community and beyond. We are privileged to provide unique learning opportunities for K–12 classrooms and UNC students, creating new ways to engage with our local artists and advocates, and make the power and joy of theatre accessible to underserved communities.

Theatre is and always will be a place for community. And it is up to us—the community—to ensure that PlayMakers continues to thrive. Gifts from patrons like you will be critical to our success as we navigate reopening after more than a year away from producing live theatre with in-person audiences. If you enjoy and believe in the power of the theatre as I do, I invite you to become a Friend of PlayMakers. Please make a tax-deductible contribution to the annual fund, pledge a monthly donation as a Sustainer, or offer a campaign gift to strengthen and sustain PlayMakers’ vision for the future.

I truly believe that there has never been a more important time to support the arts. Join me in championing our local theatre—an organization that makes a difference in our community. As Joan Gillings often said, “You will sit a little taller in your theatre seat, knowing you made a difference, too.”

Thank you!

Warmly,

Amy Guskiewicz

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PlayMakers Advisory Council

Amy Guskiewicz, Chair
Betsy Blackwell, Vice Chair
Duncan Lascelles, Vice Chair
Joanne Garrett
Deborah Gerhardt
Bobbi Hapgood
Janelle Hoskins
Betty Kenan, emeritus
Stuart Lascelles
Robert Long, emeritus
Graig Meyer
Julie Morris
Florence Peacock
Diane Robertson
Wyndham Robertson
Carol Smithwick
Jackie Tanner
Mike Wiley

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

We Remember Joan Gillings

PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Department of Dramatic Art mourn the extraordinary loss of our dear friend, Joan H. Gillings, who passed away in February surrounded by family at her home in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Joan was a lover of the arts and her dedication and support of our work was unparalleled. As a member of the PlayMakers Advisory Council for over 10 years, and its chair for 7, she worked closely with our staff on a multitude of projects including serving as chair for our annual PlayMakers Ball for many years, participating in our Producing Artistic Director search in 2015, and building lasting relationships with our students and faculty. Her transformational gift in 2017 has allowed us to expand opportunities for our students, support dynamic new work on our stages, and enhance performance and outreach offerings in our community. For Joan, her philanthropy and enthusiasm always came back to one thing – “the kids,” as she liked to call them – and her love for UNC can be felt and seen all over our campus. She brought an unmistakable joy and enthusiasm every time she entered our building and we aspire to carry that spirit forward in everything we do.

We are forever grateful to have known Joan and are honored to carry on her transformational legacy through our work in the building that bears her name. She will be sorely missed.

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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 – including the continuation of last season’s online PlayMakers Keeping You Company – 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

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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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Yoga Play

by Dipika Guha

Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Scenic Designer

Jan Chambers

Costume Designer

Lux Haac

Lighting Designer

Cecilia R. Durbin

Sound Designer

Christopher Darbassie

Projection Designer

Hana Sooyeon Kim

Dramaturg

Mark Perry

Vocal Coach

Gwendolyn Schwinke

Stage Manager

Charles K. Bayang*

Assistant Stage Manager

Elizabeth Ray*

FEB 23-MAR 13, 2022

Naren Weiss is the recipient of the Louise Lamont Distinguished Guest Artist Award
Pirronne Yousefzadeh is the recipient of the Robert and Margaret Boyer Distinguished Guest Artist Award
Lux Haac is the recipient of the Virginia Knight Sanford Fund

*Indicates members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

PlayMakers is the Professional Theatre of the Department of Dramatic Art
Adam Versényi, Chair
Vivienne Benesch, Producing Artistic Director
Nichole Gantshar, Managing Director
Produced in association with The College of Arts & Sciences
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Program Notes

The Crooked Path to Union

by Mark Perry

The longest journey we will ever know is the journey to union. As a planet, as a species, as an individual. We are a world of desiring ones seeking to satiate this semi-conscious longing for union that drives us, that creates conflict, but also rhythm and, ultimately, progress. The 21st Century finds the need for harmony reaching a dramatic peak, and a planet teeters in the balance. Our outer and inner worlds are a maelstrom. How can we find peace?

Yoga—which literally means “union” in Sanskrit—is something we think we know in the West. It includes a set of body poses, from the simple to the contortionary to the downright-Stretch-Armstrong-impossible—poses intended to leave the participant with greater flexibility and concentration. An hour’s practice should endow one with a deeper mindfulness and a “centeredness” to return more adept, more fit for the struggle in life’s rat race.

As with most things coopted by the Western mindset from lands colonized or orientalized, an evisceration has taken place here. In the pursuit to bend the discovered power to the acquisitive purposes of profit, the holistic ties that bind the practice to its larger philosophy must be cut. Finding a vast, hidden temple, the thieves only make away with the jewels from the altar. It is easier to sell Yoga as an exercise regimen facilitated by flexible and fabulous young acolytes than to convey a fully entrenched life discipline that has at its root not physical prowess or low BMI posturing, but profound integration of body, mind and soul.

It is profane, the very idea that an ancient and sacred practice for human upliftment and spiritual transcendence would become a forum for hawking overpriced clothing and superfluous accessories for an activity that simply requires a body and breath. It is a defilement that a billion-dollar multinational company founded on such sales would perversely shame a portion of its customer base for having bodies that did not conform to its clothing. It is a desecration that such clothing is made in developing-nation sweatshops by people who could never afford such clothing while working in conditions that endanger their lives. One such garment factory building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013 killing 1134 people and injuring thousands more. This is not union. This is bad karma.


And yet, this need not be another source of vexation and despair in our modern maelstrom. We can instead find our way to laugh. Change your angle, and the tragedy yields. Humankind, as the billion-fold fragments of Brahma’s scattered consciousness, inexorably make their crooked way back to oneness. The journey to union is really our only journey, while all else—all the backsliding, the divergence, and the indolence—is temporary. And our final state will be joy and awareness. Comedy is union.

Playwright Dipika Guha has a comedy for us. And it is a funny one, with hilarious twists and provocative turns. Written in 2019 for a commission by South Coast Repertory Theatre, “Yoga Play” takes a satiric swipe at the Western appropriation and capitalist commodification of one of India’s cultural treasures. It is centered on characters who are not the privileged initiators of this offense, but who perpetuate it still for their own purposes. Uncomfortable in their own identities, they strive to manufacture authenticity. Swept up in a stress they can’t admit to, the characters struggle to remember the first rule of Yoga: to breathe.

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Dipika Guha

Playwright


Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in Russia and the UK. Her plays include “Yoga Play” (South Coast Rep, SF Playhouse, & others), “The Art of Gaman” (Theatre 503, London) and “Unreliable” (Kansas City Rep). She was the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Award through the Lark Play Development Center, the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University and the Venturous Fellowship for her play “Passing”. She is currently writing plays for Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, Barrington Stage and Berkeley Rep. For TV, she’s written on “American Gods”, “Sneaky Pete”, projects at AMC and Netflix, “Black Monday” and currently “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” on Amazon. She’s also writing pilots for FilmNation and Fruit Tree/A24. Dipika is a proud member of New Dramatists and the Ma Yi Writers Lab and is an alumnus of the WP Lab, Ars Nova’s Playgroup, Soho Rep W/D Lab, the Geffen Writers Room, Playwrights Foundation and the Playwrights Center. Dipika received her BA in English Literature at University College London, was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University and was awarded her MFA from the Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel.

An Interview with Playwright Dipika Guha on “Yoga Play”

Mark Perry, PlayMakers Dramaturg: What inspired you to write the play?

Dipika Guha, Playwright: The play was a commission from South Coast Repertory Theatre in Orange County, California. The terms of the commission were simple – I had to turn in a draft within a year and the play was to be in response to something in Orange County. I actually had a few ideas I was mulling over – one was to do with immigration and the existence of ‘servant visas’ in the US (which affords people who have servants in their own countries the ability to bring them in the same capacity to the US), the second was about Californian history and the third was about yoga. And the play – or what it became – is, in a strange unconscious way, a fusion of all three.

Writing it was a way for me to explore this idea of California as a magnet for those in pursuit of wealth and spirituality. And the business of yoga was at the nexus of that idea. It also became a way to explore the ways in which our definitions for what constitutes belonging are really quite narrow. This play explores cultural appropriation and reverse cultural appropriation and the ways in which we feel we belong where we least expect – and the ways in which we feel estranged by where we ought to belong but don’t.

MP: Do you have a mission as a playwright—conscious or otherwise? And does this play fit into a larger program for you?

DG: I wrote the play because I needed to laugh. And because the absurdity of selling yoga pants as a proxy for peace was both funny – and full of pathos because culturally we so desperately want to feel peace. Since I wrote the play the anxieties in the world have multiplied several fold – and our need for peace is perhaps greater than ever before. And so this question of authenticity – or who we are when we are not identified with external markers in our lives – seems to me to be as important as ever. Especially since many of those markers have disappeared over the pandemic – we’ve lost people, jobs, homes, everything we’ve known about ourselves as a species has shifted in big and small ways. After all that loss, what is left? And how can language capture these shifts? As a formalist I’m always interested in how the theatrical form embodies what the plays themes and questions are. As a playwright, my interest is in confronting questions that haunt us quietly and now – increasingly loudly – in a form that can only be captured live on stage with a living breathing audience to receive it.

MP: It’s the funniest play I’ve read in a good while … How do you know where to go (and how far) for your comedy?

DG: I wanted to use humour in this play to explore the questions I was interested in. About capitalism and the business of peace. And about our understanding and quest for authenticity. And so I extended the metaphor as far as I needed it to go to confront the question. I don’t see the play as particularly transgressive. Growing up in India, I saw a lot of people in Guruji’s shoes (or lack thereof!) – the play mines this for comedy – but I think the question of what he embodies is a real one. If we are not our jobs, our interests, our values or our enterprises – who are we?

MP: Is there anything else you’d like to add? Thoughts about the play that you would like to share with a PlayMakers audience?

DG: I hope that PlayMakers audiences enjoy this play and Pirronne Yousefzadeh’s production of it – and that it makes you laugh and think and question. And breathe.

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Actor Bios

Cast List

in alphabetical order


Fred — Sergio Mauritz Ang*
John Dale and others — Jeffrey Blair Cornell*
Joan — Julia Gibson*
Romola and others — Mia Pinero*
Raj — Naren Weiss*

*Indicates members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Sergio Mauritz Ang

Fred


PlayMakers: Company member in their third year of UNC’s Professional Actor Training Program. “The Skin of Our Teeth”, “Julius Caesar”, “Ragtime”. “Wilder & Wilder” (PlayMakers Mobile); “I am Not Batman”, “Stop Kiss”, “Mud” (PlayMakers Ground Floor).

New York: Coleman Domingo’s “The Brother[s]” (Out of the box Theatrics); “Joker” (National Queer Theater); “Anna in the Tropics” (The Gallery Players); “Much Ado About Nothing” (Classics in Color); “Summertime” (Between Two Boroughs); “Empress of China” (Yangtze Rep).

Regional: “From Number to Name” (East West Players); “The Dalai Lama is Not Welcome Here” (Arizona Theatre Company); “Tomorrow Will Be Sunday” (Chautauqua Theatre Company); “Peter and the Starcatcher ” (Kitchen Theatre Company); “Bruise and Thorn” (PlayPenn); “Mañanas de Abril y Mayo” (Connecticut Free Shakespeare).

Upcoming: World Premiere, “Song of Me” (Stages Houston)

Awards: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, National Commendation for Outstanding Performance in a Play for “Boom” by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.

Education: BFA in Acting Brooklyn College; AAS in Early Childhood Education Hostos Community College; Vocal Music Major Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts and Performing Arts, NYC.

: @yoizsergyo
sergiomauritzang.com


Jeffrey Blair Cornell

John Dale and others


PlayMakers: This marks Jeff’s 27th season with PlayMakers. Recently: Announcer in “The Skin of Our Teeth”, Brutus in “Julius Caesar”, Father in “Ragtime”, Uncle Peck in “How I Learned to Drive”, Sipos in “She Loves Me”, and Darren (the Woodchuck) in “Bewilderness”. Some favorites: Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady”, Caliban in “The Tempest”, Colonel Brandon in “Sense and Sensibility”, Roy Cohn in “Angels in America”, and Herr Schultz in “Cabaret”. New York: “Two by Two”, “Down to Earth”, “Serious Business”.

Regional: Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, among others.

Education/Other: Carbonell Award nominations for Best Actor – “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” and “Falsettoland “(Caldwell Theatre – FL). Studied at HB Studios in New York with Uta Hagen, Austin Pendleton, and Elizabeth Wilson. Serves as Teaching Professor/Associate Chair in UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art.


Julia Gibson

Joan


PlayMakers: Company member in her ninth season. “Ragtime”, “Native Son”, “How I Learned to Drive”, “Bewilderness”, “She Loves Me”, “The Cake”, “My Fair Lady”, “Twelfth Night”, “An Enemy of the People”, “Into the Woods”, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”, “Love Alone”, “Metamorphoses”, “The Tempest”.

Broadway: “Stanley”, “Uncle Vanya”, “‘Night Mother”.

National Tour: “The Exonerated”.

Off-Broadway: The Public, Shakespeare in the Park, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Roundabout, Classic Stage Company, New York Theatre Workshop, SoHo Rep, Origin Theatre Company, Irish Rep, The Rattlestick, among others.

Regional: The Alley, American Conservatory Theatre, The Goodman, The Long Wharf, Yale Rep, George Street, The Arden, Milwaukee Rep, Philadelphia Festival Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Chautauqua Theatre Company, and elsewhere.

Film/TV/Other: “Michael Clayton”, “Changing Lanes”, “Blue Bloods”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Spin City”, “So Close”, “One Life to Live”. Narrated over 160 audio books.

Directing includes: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Epic Theatre Company, Gulfshore Playhouse, New London Barn, Portland Stage, Juilliard, NYU.


Mia Pinero

Romola and others


PlayMakers: Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”

Broadway: “West Side Story” directed by Ivo Van Hove

Off Broadway/New York: “The FLOOD: in Concert” (Prospect Theater Company), “One Hand, One Heart” (Landmark Theater)

Regional: Songs for a New World” (Paper Mill Playhouse), “West Side Story” (Guthrie Theater), “In the Heights” (Geva Theatre Center), “OKLAHOMA!” (Weston Playhouse), “The Winter’s Tale” (Alexander Kasser Theater) Film: “Hip” (Mandatory Productions)

Television: “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC), “The Today Show” (NBC)

Education: BFA (Honors) Musical Theatre from Montclair State University, Fiasco Theatre Company’s Free Training Initiative


Naren Weiss

Raj


PlayMakers: Debut.

Off-Broadway: “Letters of Suresh” (Second Stage), “Singing Beach” (HERE Arts).

New York: “Superstitions” (New Ohio Theatre), “Monsoon Wedding” (AEA Developmental), “Over Here” (NYC Fringe).

Regional: “Tear a Root from the Earth” (Kennedy Center), “Guards at the Taj” (Geffen Playhouse), “The Abridged History of Modern Day India” (Hollywood Fringe).

TV: “The Endgame” (NBC), “Deception” (recurring; ABC), “The Brave” (NBC), “Elementary” (CBS), “Broad City” (Comedy Central), “The Blacklist: Redemption” (NBC), “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC), and more.

Playwright: Published and performed on four continents (including several bestselling books).

Education: Brooklyn College, M.F.A.

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Creative Team Bios

Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Director


PlayMakers: Debut.

Pirronne Yousefzadeh is a director, writer, and educator, and was recently appointed the Producing Artistic Director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Prior to this appointment, she served as Geva Theatre Center’s Associate Artistic Director and Director of Engagement, where her previous directing credits include “Vietgone” by Qui Nguyen, “Queen” by Madhuri Shekar, “The Royale “by Marco Ramirez, “Heartland” by Gabriel Jason Dean, and “The Lake Effect” by Rajiv Joseph. She has a passion for new work that centers and uplifts the stories of global majority communities and has developed and directed work at Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, and more. She is currently developing new works with writers including Jessica Huang, Ramiz Monsef, Nikki Massoud, Sade Namei, and Vichet Chum. Pirronne is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges Affiliated Artist, member of EST, No More 10 Out of 12s, and Wingspace, and an alumna of the 2050 Fellowship at NYTW, Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown, SDC Denham Fellowship, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, New Georges Jam, and Drama League Directors Project. She was a finalist for the 2020 Zelda Fichandler Award from SDC and is a proud member of the union. Pirronne is a co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations who wish to engage with the stories from the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa. Alongside Kimberly Senior, she co-chaired an SDC committee creating a set of anti-racist best practices for directors. Upcoming projects include “Heartland” by Gabriel Jason Dean (59E59) and “It’s Christmas Carol!” by Mark Bedard, Brent Hinkley, and John Tufts (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Representation: Ben Izzo at A3 Artists Agency.



Jan Chambers

Scenic Designer


PlayMakers: Company member for 16 seasons and professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill. Productions include: “The Skin of Our Teeth”, “As You Like It”, “Julius Caesar”, “Dairyland”, “How I Learned to Drive”, “Skeleton Crew”, “Leaving Eden”, “A Christmas Carol”, “The Cake”, “The May Queen”, “Sweeney Todd”, “4000 Miles”, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”, “The Making of a King: Henry IV & V”, “A Raisin in the Sun”, “Red”, “Metamorphoses”, “The Tempest”, “Angels in America” and “Nicholas Nickleby”, among others.

Regional: “Cyrano de Bergerac”, “Sunday in the Park with George”, “Pericles” (Guthrie Theatre); “Asylum” (Only Child Aerial Theatre at Circus Now International Contemporary Circus Exposure); “Pericles”, “Hamlet” (Folger Theatre); “Pericles”, “Henry” V (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); “The Reckoning”, “It Had Wings”, “The Narrowing”, “Out of the Blue” (Archipelago Theatre/ Cine).

Member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

janchambers.unc.edu


Lux Haac

Costume Designer


PlayMakers: “Ragtime”.

Off-Broadway/New York: “Eureka Day” (Colt Coeur/Walkerspace); “Ajijaak on Turtle Island” (New Victory Theatre); “R + J” (Hypokrit Theatre Company/Access Theatre); “The Review” (Pipeline Festival/WP Theatre); “¡Figaro!” (90210) (The Duke on 42nd Street); “Nibbler” (The Ammoralists/Rattlestick Theatre); “Macbeth”, “Powwow Highway” (Amerinda/HERE Arts Center); “A Lesson From Aloes” (Juilliard School of Drama); “Woyzeck”, “FJF” (The New Ohio); “The Road to Damascu” (The Director’s Company/59E59); “The Erlkings” (Theatre Row)

Regional: “Between Two Knees” written by the 1491s (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); “Native Gardens” (Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, Portland Center Stage); “Well Intentioned White People” (Barrington Stage); “Fall River”, “Syncopation”, “Trayf” (Penguin Rep Theatre); “Destiny of Desire” (The Garden Theatre); “Crossing the Line” (Amphibian Theatre Company).

Film: “The Incredible Jessica James”, Assistant Costume Designer (Netflix); “#TEXIT” (Short); “The Music” (Short); “Violation” (Short); “Deluge” (Short); “Look Closer (Can’t You See the Signs)” (Music Video, Saun and Starr/Daptone Records); “Across the Sea” (NY Unit).


Cecilia R. Durbin

Lighting Designer


PlayMakers: “Sense and Sensibility”, “Love Alone”.

Regional: “Kid Prince” and “Pablo” (The Kennedy Center), “The Wolves”, “A Doll’s House, Part 2” (Actor’s Theatre Louisville); “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (Kansas City Rep); “calling: a dance with faith” (Ping Chong Dance Co); “Rescue Rue” (DR2); “Selkie” (Dutch Kills Theater); “Bernie & Mikey’s Trip to the Moon” (Strangemen Theatre, 59E59); “South Pacific” (Triad Stage); “Disgraced” (Portland Stage Co & Hangar Theatre); “The Taming of the Shrew” (Chautauqua Theatre); “Birthday Candles”, “Marie & Rosetta”, “Murder Ballad”, “Sex with Strangers” (Detroit Public Theatre); “Hyena” (La MaMa, Edinburgh Fringe, United Solo [Best Lighting]); “In the Blood” (Theatre Horizon [Barrymore nomination]); “Amy Surratt’s First & Last “(Show) (La Mama Club); “Stranger from Paradise” (Opera Omaha); “The Life Model” (On the Boards); “Numb” (Goat in the Road Productions, JACK); “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…” (InterAct Theatre).

Education/Other: MFA from NYU; member USA 829.

www.durbinlighting.com


Hana Sooyeon Kim

Projection Designer


PlayMakers: Debut.

Off-Broadway/New York: “Eve’s Song”, “The Visitor” (The Public Theater), “Magdalene” (Beth Morrison Project).

Regional: American Conservatory Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Magic Theater among others.

Opera/Symphony: “Sweet Land” (The Industry), “Wonderful Town”, “The Anonymous Lover” (LA Opera), “Steal A Pencil For Me” (Opera Colorado), “Bell Curve @ Sound Box” (SF Symphony), “Oscillations” (LA Phil).

Awards: Princess Grace Award, Sherwood Award from CTG, Helen Hayes Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Distinguished Achievement Award among others.

: @hana.s.kim
hananow.com


Christopher Darbassie

Sound Designer


PlayMakers: Debut.

Regional: NY Times Critic’s Pick “This Beautiful Future” (TheaterLab), “PS” (Ars Nova), “Fly Away” (Petzel Gallery), “Preparedness”, “Black Exhibition” (The Bushwick Starr), “MTA Radio Plays” (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), “Neptune” (Dixon Place, Brooklyn Museum). Chris has serviced sound design for installations, devised works and theatrical productions in collaboration with National Black Theater, The Movement Theater Company, WP Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The TEAM, Trinity Rep, Theater for a New Audience, The Atlantic, and The Shed.

Awards: Wingspace 2019-2020 Sound Design Fellow.

darbassiedesign.com


Mark Perry

Dramaturg


PlayMakers: Company member for 14 seasons. “Everybody”, “How I Learned to Drive”, “Jump”, “The Cake”, “De Profundis”, “The Crucible”, “Trouble in Mind”, “Metamorphoses”, “Surviving Twin”, “A Raisin in the Sun”, “An Iliad”, “Noises Off”, “The Parchman Hour”, “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment”, “The Little Prince”. Mark teaches play analysis and playwriting in the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Art. His plays “The Will of Bernard Boynton” and “A New Dress for Mona” have been produced in our Kenan Theatre, and both have been published by Drama Circle. Mark’s monologue “Addendum” was performed by Ray Dooley and included in PlayMakers’ 2020 “Stuck Monologues”. His newest play, “Masters Falls”, is a two-part epic that was workshopped and presented by UNC Process Series in March 2021.

Education/Affiliations:MFA, Playwright’s Workshop, University of Iowa. Former recipient of NC Arts Council Literature Fellowship for Playwriting.


Gwendolyn Schwinke

Vocal Coach


PlayMakers: Company member in her third season. Acting: “The Skin of Our Teeth”. Vocal Coach: “Dairyland”, “Native Son”, “Julius Caesar”, “As You Like It”.

Regional: Voice/Text/Dialect Coach— Favorites include ”Merry Wives of Windsor”, “Taming of the Shrew”, “Love’s Labor’s Lost”, “Cymbeline”, “Intimate Apparel”, “Merchant of Venice”, “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, “Ugly Lies the Bone”, “Comedy of Errors”, “Hamlet” (Shakespeare & Company); “Merry Wives…”, “Hamlet”, “The King and I” (Oxford Shakespeare Festival); “Boeing-Boeing”, “Lost in Yonkers” (Atlantic Stage). Actor— Carlyle Brown & Company, Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Frank Theatre, Red Eye Collaboration, Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Atlantic Stage, Old Creamery Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Playwright— Plays developed and/or produced by Seattle Repertory Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, Red Eye Collaboration, Judith Shakespeare Company, Jungle Theatre. Teaching— David G. Frey Fellow/Assistant Professor of Voice & Speech at UNC-Chapel Hill, Company Member at Shakespeare & Company, Designated Linklater Voice Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Guild-certified Feldenkrais Teacher.


Charles K. Bayang

Stage Manager


PlayMakers: Company member for 11 seasons. Work at other regional theatres includes productions at Studio Arena Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Children’s Theatre. Charles holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and has been a member for Actors’ Equity since 1997.


Elizabeth Ray

Assistant Stage Manager


PlayMakers: Company member in her fifth full season. “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”, “The Storyteller”, “Everybody”, “Dairyland”, “No Fear & Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone”, “How I Learned to Drive”, “Jump”, “Skeleton Crew”, “Temples of Lung and Air”, “‘A’ Train”, “Tartuffe”, “Dot”, “The Cake”, “Into the Woods”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “Private Lives”.

New York: “Shows for Days” (Lincoln Center Theater), “In the Secret Sea” (Theatre Row), “Wallenberg”, “Requiem for Mr. B”, “Presto Change-O” (Frankel Green Production Company), and “Welcome to Shoofly” (Playwrights Horizons).

Work at other regional theatres includes productions at North Carolina Theatre, Theatre Raleigh, Palm Beach Dramaworks, and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Elizabeth is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.


Vivienne Benesch

Producing Artistic Director


Vivienne is in her sixth full season as a company member and Producing Artistic Director at PlayMakers, where she has helmed productions of “The Skin of Our Teeth”, “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 ten 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 will be directing 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.


Nichole Gantshar

Managing Director


Nichole Gantshar is a former dramaturg turned arts administrator. Having spent the past two years in interim leadership with Louisville Ballet and Theatre Bay Area, she looks forward to becoming part of the Triangle community. She spent five years as Executive Director of Rochester City Ballet, where she tripled grant revenue, grew audiences by 30 percent, added free (philanthropy supported) sensory-friendly performances, and earned support from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Shubert Foundation. Apart from her career in the arts, Nichole worked as a Legislative Aide in Congress and as a journalist.

Regional: Hangar Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Richmond Ballet, Syracuse Stage, and Tulsa Ballet.

Volunteer: Rotary, treasurer, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), Chair of the National Student Education Fund, treasurer, Syracuse Chapter of Girls Inc.

Awards: Nominee, Outstanding Young Woman of America, LMDA Residency Grant. Faculty: Syracuse University, University at Stony Brook, University of Pittsburgh and the Wooster Center for the Arts.

Education: MFA, University at Stony Brook.


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 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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General Information

Yoga Play

by Dipika Guha

Time: The present
Place: Jojomon HQ, Southern California.
A high-end yoga studio, Southern California.
And the internet.

Act 1: Approximately 1 hour
15-minute intermission
Act 2: Approximately 50 minutes

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 21/22 season will feature five live, in-person performances featuring works that explore the resilience of family bonds in all their complicated forms, friendships that transcend language, time, and space, and one man’s connection to his community that helps him stand taller than he could alone.

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 21/22 season.

All patrons are required to wear face coverings at all times 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
  • With the exception of onstage performances, artists, crew and staff will be required to wear masks

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 devices 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.

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PlayMakers Staff

Administration

Vivienne Benesch, Producing Artistic Director
Nichole Gantshar, Managing Director

Artistic

Tracy Bersley, Movement Coach/Choreographer
Kathryn Hunter-Williams, Company Artistic Associate
Chelsea James, Producing Assistant
Tia James, Vocal Coach
Gregory Kable, Dramaturg
Jacqueline E. Lawton, Dramaturg
Jeffrey Meanza, Associate Artistic Director
Mark Perry, Dramaturg
Gwendolyn Schwinke, Vocal Coach
Jeri Lynn Schulke, Engagement Associate
Adam Versényi, Dramaturg

Administration

Kate Jones, Business Operations Coordinator
Lisa Geeslin, Accountant

Marketing & Audience Services

Alex James, Audience Services Associate
Diana Pineda, Director of Sales & Marketing
Thomas Porter, Box Office Manager
Rosalie Preston, Associate Director of Marketing
Jessie Gleason, Undergraduate Marketing Assistant

Work Study Students

Artistic: Josh Wahab
Box Office/ Front of House: Aisha Bynum, Charity Cohen, Eli Dietrich, Olivia Mahon, Yaeelin Merino-Velasquez, Olivia Morse, Kaitlyn Rivera, Krystal Rivera, Alla Sirelkhatim, Naomi Smith, Lily Vance
Development: Mahika Kawale
Marketing: Belawal Ahmed

Department of Dramatic Art

Adam Versényi, Professor and Chair

FACULTY

Vivienne Benesch, Professor of the Practice
Tracy Bersley, Assistant Professor
Pamela Bond, Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor
Jan Chambers, Professor
McKay Coble, Professor
Jeffrey Blair Cornell, Associate Chair, Teaching Professor
Ray Dooley, Professor Emeritus
Samuel Ray Gates, Assistant Professor
Julia Gibson, Associate Professor
Jennifer Bayang, Teaching Assistant Professor
Kathryn Hunter-Williams, Teaching Associate Professor
Tia James, Assistant Professor
Gregory Kable, Teaching Professor
Jacqueline E. Lawton, Associate Professor
Adam Maxfield, Teaching Associate Professor
Triffin Morris, Professor of the Practice
David Navalinsky, Associate Professor
Bobbi Owen, Distinguished Professor Emerita
Mark Perry, Teaching Associate Professor
Rachel E. Pollock, Teaching Assistant Professor
Michael Rolleri, Professor
Gwendolyn Schwinke, Assistant Professor
Aubrey Snowden, Teaching Assistant Professor

STAFF

Betty Futrell, Student Services Specialist
Lisa Geeslin, Accounting Technician
Jordan Clodfelter, KTC Technical Director
Karen Rolleri, Business Coordinator
Jamie Strickland, Business Officer

Production

Michael Rolleri, Production Manager

Costumes

Jennifer Bayang, Assistant Costume Director
Amy Evans, Wardrobe Supervisor
Marissa Lupkas, Costume Collection Coordinator
Triffin Morris, Costume Director
Rachel Pollock, Costume Craftsperson
Costume Production Graduate Students:
Matty Blatt, Jocelyn Chatman, Alex Hagman, Emma Hoylst, Lou Pires, Athene Wright, Sherry Wu

Lighting

Benjamin Bosch, Head Electrician

Props

Emma Anderson, Props Artisan
Andrea Bullock, Properties Master

Scenic

Anthony Cacchione, Master Carpenter
Adam Maxfield, Technical Director
Laura Pates, Assistant Technical Director
Jessica Secrest, Scenic Artist
Technical Production Graduate Students:
Brock Burton, Gregory Condon, Paul Edghill, Patrick Hardison, Kevin Pendergast, Luke Robinson, Garrett Weeda
Spencer Ellis, Undergraduate Assistant-Scene Shop
Haley Connell, Undergraduate Assistant-Paint

Sound

Marisa Clemente, Sound Associate
Mac Cohen, Undergraduate Assistant

STAGE MANAGEMENT

Charles K. Bayang, Stage Manager
Aspen Jackson, Production Assistant
Elizabeth Ray, Stage Manager

Work Study Students

Carpentry: Tygia Drewhowell, Jeffrey Jones, Danielle Mou, Lillyann Nekervis
Lighting: Jessica Atkins, Anthony Burch, Jahel Gomes, Sananda Jagannathan, Annabelle Jiang, Alex Mitropoulos
Props: Charlotte Allsbrook, Hannah Fatool, Lydia McRoy, Marissa Romano
Scenic Painting: Madison Austin, Madeleine Collins, Corinne Laverge, Faith Wang

PlayMakers’ Resident Acting Company

Jeffrey Blair Cornell
Samuel Ray Gates
Julia Gibson
Kathryn Hunter-Williams
Tia James
Gwendolyn Schwinke

Professional Actor Training Program:

Sergio Mauritz Ang, Anthony August, Hayley Cartee, Heinley Gaspard, Tori Jewell, Jamar Jones, Khalil LeSaldo, Saleemah Sharpe, AhDream Smith, Sanjana Taskar, Adam Valentine, Omolade Wey

For this Production of Yoga Play

Greg Condon, Production Technical Director
Garrett Weeda, Assistant Technical Director
Erin Teachman, Video Supervisor
Angella Fraser, Wig Designer
Jennifer Bayang, Assistant to the Costume Designer
Lou Pires, Athene Wright, Drapers
Jocelyn Chatman, Emma Holyst, First Hands
Sherry Wu, Stitcher
Matty Blatt, Crafts Assistant

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Friends of PlayMakers

During this period of re-emergence, we are producing a smaller, “capsule” season of only five powerful shows. While this allows us to remain focused on the safety and well-being of our patrons, artists, and staff, it has substantial financial implications.

As a nonprofit professional theatre, ticket sales traditionally cover only half of our annual operating costs. This year, we cannot count on ticket revenue as we have in the past. We must rely on the generosity of our community to help close the gap and keep our stages alive.

Ways to Give

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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

You can help support and sustain all our work, both on stage and off, by making a tax-deductible gift which enables us to:

  • Bring innovative, entertaining, and relevant theatre to the Triangle
  • Serve students across the state through our award-winning educational programs
  • Engage with our audiences through artist and community conversations
  • Remain flexible, safe, and better prepared for the future

Every gift, big or small, makes a huge difference!

PlayMakers is grateful to the members of the Friends of PlayMakers for their generous support. For more information about how to join this dynamic group of supporters, call the PlayMakers Development Office at 919.962.2481 or visit us at playmakersrep.org.

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Ann and John Gabor
Ms. Beth Ragan Gad and Dr. Shayne Cox Gad
Gail Perry Associates
Elizabeth Galvin*
Mr. Gary Clyde Gambrell and Ms. Mary Robin Wells Gambrell
Nichole Gantshar
James P. Gogan ^
Linda Grimm
Gail and Steve Grossman
Albert and Mary Guckes
Priscilla Guild
Mark W. Hartman
Dr. M. Vikram Rao and Dr. Susan June Henning
Marianna Matthews Henry
Mary Cook Howes
David G. Hubby
Gerda (Kani) Hurow
Lynne and Walter Jacobs^
Betty Block James
Kathleen Johnson
Eve and Rudolph Juliano
Claudia Kadis
Ms. Julia Booe Keely and Mr. Robert Laurence Keely
Barbara Keyworth
Jeanette Kimmel
Dr. William W. Smith and Ms. Brenda Womble Kirby
Mr. Michael Coleman Maness and Dr. Lois Ann Knauff
Dr. Richard H. Kohn and Mrs. Lynne H. Kohn
Laura Koshel and Rafael de Jesus
Dr. Leonard and Ruth Kreisman^
Marie E. Kulchinski
Anand and Sandhya Lagoo
Dr. Randolph Leland Lambe and Mrs. Catherine Underhill Lambe
Carol J. Land and Barry H. Slobin
Mr. Douglas M. Lay and Mrs. Nelda Kilcrease Lay
Lee and Barbara Pedersen
Dayna Lucas
Dr. Douglas E. Maclean and Dr. Susan Rose Wolf
Mrs. Elaine Fisher Marcus and Dr. Lee M. Marcus
Alice and John May
Michael Mayer
Janet L. McCarthy
Sharon and Alan McConnell
Larry McManus and Pamela Nielsen
James and Susan Moeser
Richard J. Muise
Jill Muti
National Philanthropic Trust
Nelda K. Lay Revocable Trust
Linda Williams Norris
Paul and Cheryl Norton
Pat and Mary Norris Oglesby
Lois P. Oliver
Glenn O’Neal
Heather and Russ Owen
Bobbie Owens*
Lee and Barbara Pedersen
Robert Peet
Robert and Marilyn Pinschmidt
Gordon and Jo Ann Pitz
Stephen and Lyn Pizer
Mr. Robert Davis Porter and Mrs. Joyce Anne Porter
Gary and Susie Pratt
The Honorable David Eugene Price and Ms. Lisa Kanwit Price
Rao Family Foundation
Andrea Reibel*
Terry E. Rhodes
Sandra and Stephen Rich
Linda and Alan Rimer
Alan Linda Rimer
Mr. Victor L. Roggli and Ms. Linda Surratt Roggli
Bruce Marshall Romans
Beth Rosenberg
Michael Kerry Salemi
Stephanie Schmitt
Dr. Caryl Jane Schwartzbach and Alan Bolzan
Dr. Robert Sealock and Cecile Skrzynia
Barbara and Jonathan Sheline
Wayne Sherrill
Sarah Elizabeth Shively
Dr. Robert Sealock and Ms. Cecile Skrzynia
Dr. and Mrs. Sidney C. Smith
Mr. Kyle Hardee Smith and Ms. Jenn Kroohs Smith
Richard L. Smith and Amy Marie Grady
Meredith and Paul Snow
Connie Spooner
Carol Stamm,
In memory of Dr. John Stamm
Elizabeth L. Stanley*
Jeannie Pfister Stroupe ^
Dr. Robert Joseph Sullivan Jr. and Ms. Kim Stephenson Sullivan
Steven and Madeline Sunshine
T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving
Tim and Judy Taft
Monica Taylor*
Margaret G. Teasley
Hugh and Judy Tilson^
Bruce Tomason
Barrie Trinkle
Dr. Glen Holl Elder Jr. and Mrs. Sandy Aldridge Turbeville
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley Inc
John and Donna van Arnold
Adam Versenyi
Carol and Jim Vorhaus
Tovah M. Wax and Lucjan Mordzak
Mary Robin Wells and Gary Gambrell
Ernest T. Wilkes
R. Sanders and Jennifer Williams
Sarah Winkler
Jane Pettis Wiseman
Jerry Worsley
Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP,
In Memory of Joan H. Gillings
Alan J. Young

Patron ($100–249)

Anonymous (10)
Trudi Abel*
Dwight and Robin Allen
Mary Altpeter
Elizabeth Amend*
American Online Giving Foundation, Inc.
Sherry and Mitchell Anscher
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Archie*
Matthew and Linda Arnold*
Dean W. Avary
Krista and Michael Babbitt
Pam and Don Bailey
Dan and Susan Barco
Cathy Barrett
Phil Barrineau
Beatrice C. Treat Trust
Anne Beaven and Margaret Louey
Neal and Jeanette Bench
Donna and Daniel Benjamin
Kitty Bergel
Robert A. and Christine S. Berndt
Susan Berry
Patricia Beyle*
Jim and Martha Bick
Justin and Dorothy Biddle
Mr. and Mrs. David Birnbaum
Peter Bleckner
Blue Ridge Psychological Services
Natalie and Gary Boorman
Tony Boothby*
Melissa Bostrom and Krisztian Horvath
Thomas W. and Vicki V. Boyer
Lauren Kennedy Brady and Charlie Brady
Carol Brainard and Nancy Hardin
Philip Breitfeld and Susan Kreissman
Rev. William Sims Brettmann
Eunice Brock and Sam Magill
Linda and David Brown
Charles and Renee Brown
Bates Buckner
Edward and Sheila Burgard
Charles Burnett and Catherine Forneris
Frances D. Burton
Thomas Butler
Dr. Leigh Fleming Callahan
Robert Cameron*
Glenn and Patricia Camp
Janet F. Campbell
Natalie Campbell
Donna Carroll and Gale Lackey
Virginia Carson*
Jean Carter
Michael Case and Lewis Dancy
Lorna Chafe
Dr. Margaret Champion
Beverly Long Chapin
Mimi Chapman*
Nancy N. Chemtob*
Corey and Christine Cicci
Gabriella Cila
Elizabeth Cisar*
Linda G. Clarkson*
Ellen Clevenger-Firley
Steve Cline*
Bill Cobb and Gail Perry
Cathy Cole
Robert F. Coleman III
in memory of Susan Hurst Rappaport
Donald and Eunice Collins
Jeffrey Collins and Rose Mills
Jenn Collins and Paul Runkle
Joseph and Elizabeth Cook
Rayna Cooney
Sharon Scholl Coop
Lee Cope
Janilyn and Vance Cope-Kasten
Mary Jo and Douglas Coppola
John and Belinda Corpening
Sarah Clare Corporandy*
Georgia Court*
Rick and Patty Courtright
Elizabeth Anne Cullington
Fred and Jane Dalldorf
Amy Elizabeth Dallen
Zachary Davis
Mrs. Robert Bigelow DeMaine
Todd Dickinson and Helen Kalevas
Teresa Dollar
Sheila and Joe Dorey*
Scott and Mia Doron
Joy and Chet Douglass*
Ginny and David Dropkin
John F. Duncan, Jr.
Anne Dusek*
Kathleen DuVal and Martin Smith*
Connie Eble
The Eckert Family
Bobette Eckland and Richard Kamens
Mark Ransom Eis
Barbara Elish
Jan Elliott
Jerry and Adelia Evans
Joshua London Evans
Dagmar and J.C. Fahr*
Dr. Richard Fair and M. Clare Fair
Robert Farmer
Shauna and Tom Farmer
Pamela Ferguson*
Laurice Ferris^
Nicole and Bruce Fine*
Karen Fink
Jon and Sue Fish
Gina Cordasco Flynn
Dr. Charles Kirk Burnett and Dr. Catherine Ann Forneris
Sara Franks*
Douglas and Judy Frey
Bennett Galef
Betty and Franklin Garland
Ed and Carol Gaunt
Nikki and Anthony Giachetti
William Glasgow
Gunter Glass
Debra and Eric Goldberg*
Alix Goldschmidt*
Eve Benesch Goldschmidt
Raymond and Susan Goodmon
Mrs. Lucy A. Grant and Mr. John P. Grant
John and Lucy Grant
Stephen Grant
Grant Thornton LLP, In Memory of Joan H. Gillings
Virginia Gray
John Graybeal and Laura Heise
Bill Green and Brett Bohnn
Dr. Lawrence H. Greenblatt and Dr. Cathleen Melton
Elizabeth Grey*
Lucy Grey and Wilson McIver
Jean Susan Gross
Joseph Groves
Kay Gruninger
Satyaki Guha
Erin and Evan Gwyn
Tim Hackett and James Konold
Carol and Nortin Hadler
Janet Hadler
Todd Haimes*
Garrett Hall and Zachary Howell
Bruce Hamilton and Jennifer Weiss*
Jean Handy*
Doranne Hans
Ms. Carol Ann Brainard and Ms. Nancy W. Hardin
Cheryl and Toby Harrell
Joanne Harrell
Edwin Harris
Lynden Harris*
Patti Seitz Hartel
Jim and Mary Hayes
Rachel Heller
Richard Hendel*
Eric Herget and Sherry Wilner
Klaus Hermanns
Ellen Herron
William Hicks and William Sadler
Ann Hillenbrand
Margaret R. Hinkle*
Marin Hinkle
Jennifer Hodgson and Matthew Conley
Peter Hollis
Houston and Joyce Horn
Mary Howes,
In Memory of Jonathan B. Howes
John and Joyce Hren
Mr. David Hubby and Ms. Sarah F. Hubby
Mary Hulett*
Malcolm and Wanda Hunter
Leslie Hurtig*
Beth H. Isenhour*
Abby Jablin
Elizabeth W. Jackson
Emma Jakoi
Champa and David Jarmul
Perry Jenkins
Mr. John Jennings and Lisa Jennings
Jewish Community Foundation of Durham & Chapel Hill
Suzanne Fields Jones
Susan Joyner
Eve and Rudy Juliano
Dan and Linda Kaferle
Cindy Kahler
H. Richard and Sally A. Kahler
Dr. Richard Miles Kamens and Ms. Bobette S. Eckland
Amy Kane*
Lynne Kane
Howard and Joan Kastel
Laura Kayser*
Paul and Edith Keene
Marie-Beatrice and Robert Keller
Arlon Kemple and Karen Long
Barbara Keyworth
Brian and Moyra Kileff
Dr. Harriet King
Robert and Mary King,
In memory of Charles H. Kahn
Andrew Stewart and Peggy Kinney ^
Ann and Bill Kirkland
Rabecca Klemp
Joyce Kline
Ted and Marilyn Koenig
Stephen and Bunny Koff
Elizabeth Koonce
Helen Kotsher
Lloyd Kramer and Gwynne Pomeroy
Dave and Doris Krepp
Ted and Debbie LaMay
Benjamin Landman and Jen Feldman,
in honor of Ms. Betty-Ann Landman
Gerry and Ray Larson
Robert Lauterborn,
in memory of Sylvia Lauterborn
Carol and Alexander Lawrence
Mary and Jon Leadbetter
Priscilla and Russell Leavitt
Judith and Norbert Lechner
Philip and Nancy Leinbach
David and Carolyn Leith
John and Ruth Leopold
Arnold and Annette Levine
Joy Lewis and Frederick Annand
Betty and John Leydon
Judith C.P. Lilley
Jacqueline Little
Ginger and Derek Long
Carol Lucas
John Ludlow and Kathy Davies
Virginia Ludwig
Mrs. Earl C. Lynch
Sara Mack
Corey Madden
Dr. and Mrs. Donald Madison
Dr. Samuel Hays Magill and Ms. Eunice M. Brock
John Manley
Raleigh and Betsy Mann^
Lee and Elaine Marcus
Chris and Caroline Martens
Jeff Mason
Shelley J. Masters
Leigh Matthews
Michael Mayer
Dr. and Mrs. Robert N. McCall
Meredith McClurg
Ann and Webb McCracken
Ed and Connie McCraw
J.S. McKnight
Patrick Joseph Mclane^
Lee McLean
John and Bonnie Medinger
Ewa Meehan
Larry and Jerri Meisner
Cathleen Melton and Larry Greenblatt
Joan and Ron Mendelsohn
Brian Meredith
Julia Merricks and Susan Hauser*
Tracie Merrill-Wilson
Molly S. Metzler*
Graig Meyer
Ryan Millager
Herbert Miller
Erik and Natalia Milz
Mark and Alice Mine
Sophie Jessica Mitchell
Dana Mochel
Jill Moore *
Aela Morgan*
Eric Muller and Leslie Branden-Muller
Margaret Mullinix
Kate Murphy
Seth Murray and Jamie Newman
Margaret Murray
Judy Murray
Lee and Ava Nackman
Michael Naglich*
Diane Nelson, Ph.D.*
Michele and Klaus Nettesheim
Barbara Nettesheim
Betty Nies
Linda W. Norris
James and Nancy Nutt
Drs. Susan and Raphael Orenstein
Marilyn and Peter Ornstein
Barry and Lois Ostrow
Mrs. Heather Kelly Owen and Mr. Russ Owen
Norman Owen,
in memory of Roberta Yule Owen^
Michael Patrick
Josie Patton
Michael Paul
Ron and Julie Paxton
Robert and Kay Pearlstein
Robert Peet
Nancy Pekar
Arnold Pender
Joanna V. Percher
Imara Perera*
Carol and Al Perlman
Mr. Stephen Perrin and Ms. Cecelia M. Sandford
Rebecca Perritt
Thomas Phillips
Meredith Piatt
Pickett M. Gutherie Revocable Trust
Jim P. Polga*
Ms. Susie Post-Rust and Mr. Adam MacKenzie Rust
Ted and Peggy Pratt
Jane Preyer*
Todd and Nicky Purves*
Jeffrey Qualls
Margaret Quinlan
Mr. Stephen Allan Rich and Mrs. Sandra Danneman Rich
Geraldine and Gary Richards
Margaret Louise Robe
Louise A. Robinson
James and Janet Robles
Philip and Jo Rodgers *
Patricia Roos
Joel Rosch and Carol Vatz
Philip Rosoff and Dona Shikaraishi
Judith L. Ruderman
Jennifer Rudinger
Laura and Reid Russell
Patti and Dan Ryan
Sylvia and Norman G. Samet,
In memory of Charles H. Kahn
Celia Sandford and Stephen Perrin
Dale and Robert Sandler
Elizabeth Saunders*
Carol Elizabeth Sawyer
Allie and Ian Scales^
Carol Schachner^
Ms. Karen Ann Sindelar and Mr. Douglas Brian Schiff
Ernest and Mary Schoenfeld
Tanya L. Schreiber
Janice and Richard Schulke
Dr. Caryl Jane Schwartzbach and Alan Bolzan
Gwendolyn Schwinke
Maren Searle and John Skelley
Rick and Georgie Searles
Patricia Shane
Barbara Sharf
William N. Sharpe Jr.
Alison Sheehy*
Barbara and Jonathan Sheline
Stephanie Shipman and Walter Travers*
Connie Shuping,
in memory of Ed and Dot Kennedy
Nikki Silver*
Bland Simpson*
David Singley Jr.
Ron and Mary Sinzdak
Sim Sitkin and Vivian Olkin
Barry Slobin and Carol Land
Mike and Kim Slomianyj
Linda Smith
Dr. Richard L. Smith and Dr. Amy Grady
Rosalyn Smith
Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Solomon ^
Ilene Speizer*
Marcia Spray, In honor of Laura Carson Spray
Kimberly and David Spurr
Sally and Jeremy Stander
Ms. Mary Elizabeth Hall and Mr. Robert A. Stanger Jr.
Allen Steckler
Susanne Steinmetz*
Anne Stephens*
Marian Stephenson
Cathy and Sefton Stevens
Andy Stewart and Peggy Kinney^
Dorcas Stolper
Leslie and Paul Strohm
Mr. Edward Strong*
Jeannie Pfister Stroupe^
Ed and Lynne Sullivan
Terrence and Marguerite Sullivan
Steven and Madeline Sunshine
Jeff Surles
Nanette and David Talaski
Beverly Taylor
David C. Taylor
Stephen Tell and Rosemary Hoban
The Boyer Living Trust
Charles Thomas and Suzanne Maupin
Janet Thomas
Robert and Shirley Thompson
David and Kelley Tobin*
Beatrice Treat
Nancy Trovillion*
Nancy Tunnessen
Nancy Tusa and Andy Brawn
Mr. David Burr and Ms. Rustine Unger
Lindsay Usher
Mary Van Bourgondien*
Ted Van Griethuysen
Barney and Vivian Varner
Dr. Barbara Carol Vatz and Mr. Joel Burt Rosch
Adam Versenyi
Jill Vexler*
Dr. Victor and Mrs. Linda Roggli
Robin Visser
Deborah and Jonathan Wahl
Ina Wallace
Mary Louise Waller
Angela Walter*
Helen Warner
David and Marsha Warren
Tovah Wax and Lucjan Mordzak
George Weinhouse
The Honorable Jennifer Weiss and Mr. Bruce Alan Hamilton
Dr. Lynn Wesson
Shirley H. White, in honor of Steven H. White
Loretta Wile
Mike Wiley
Jane Williams
Dr. Nancy E Williamson
Richard D. Wilson
Joy Wood
Nancy Worley
Jerry M. Worsley
Janice and Richard Woychik
David and Dee Yoder
Marla Yost
YourCause, LLC Trustee for Red Hat Matching Gifts
Justin Yung^
Rosilene Ziegler and John Steege

^ Sustainers Club Member
+ Women’s Point of View (WPOV) Supporter
* PlayMakers Special Event Supporter
~ Deceased

This list is current as of January 18, 2022. If your name is listed incorrectly or not at all, please contact PlayMakers Development Office at 919.962.2481. We will ensure you are recognized for your thoughtful support.


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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
Orange County Arts Commission

Foundation Support

National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, 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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