Fall Preview: ‘The Mountaintop,’ ‘The Best of Enemies’ on stage this fall
PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theater company in residence at UNC Chapel Hill, will partner for the first time with Triad Stage in Greensboro for a play this fall about Martin Luther King Jr., called “The Mountaintop.”
The companies will co-produce the regional premiere of the play by Katori Hall. It will be performed first as the PlayMakers main stage season opener in the Paul Green Theater at UNC Sept. 18-Oct. 6, then in Greensboro Oct. 20-Nov. 10 at The Pyrle Theater.
“The Mountaintop” focuses on the last night of King’s life, before his assassination in 1968. PlayMakers associate artist Raelle Myrick-Hodges will direct. Cedric Mays will portray King and Lakisha May will be the angel Camae.
For PlayMakers tickets, call 919-962-PLAY (7529) or visit www.playmakersrep.org. For the Greensboro performances, call 336-272-0160 or visit www.triadstage.org.
PlayMakers’ second stage season, PRC2, opens with a world premiere with Loudon Wainwright III. Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Wainwright wrote and will perform in “Surviving Twin” Sept. 4-8 at the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at the UNC Center for Dramatic Art. Wainwright focuses on fatherhood, and intertwines his songs with the work of his late father.
Also this fall, PlayMakers main stage will present another rotating repertory production of two plays, “The Tempest” and “Metamorphoses,” Nov. 2-Dec. 8.
For information, visit www.playmakersrep.org.
Fall theater in Durham includes the much anticipated theatrical performance of “The Best of Enemies” Dec. 5-21 at Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St. in Durham. “The Best of Enemies” by Mark St. Germain is based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson about Durham African-American civil rights activist Ann Atwater, who, in 1971, worked with an unlikely ally, the Klansman C.P. Ellis. For ticket information and more about other performances at Manbites, visit http://manbitesdogtheater.org.
Common Ground Theatre at 4815B Hillsborough Road in Durham has multiple improv shows coming up this fall as well as a performance of the 1952 piece, “The Chairs” by Eugene Ionesco. It’s part of Common Ground’s “Small Series,” and will be performed Sept. 12-21. For information, visit www.cgtheatre.com.
-- BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN