Deep Dish Theater announces new season

From staff reportsJuly 16, 2013 

From left, Jane Holding, Jim Dadosky, MaryKate Cunningham, and Phil Watson will take part in a workshop production of A Queer Kiss which encourages talk about bullying at Deep Dish.

COURTESY OF DEVRA THOMAS

— The Deep Dish Theater 2013-14 season opens with the acclaimed comedy-drama “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire, followed by the world premiere production of Joel Drake Johnson’s “A Queer Kiss,” developed at Deep Dish last season.

This year’s New Play Workshop will take place in January, with a brand new script evolving through a series of staged readings. February will bring Tom Stoppard’s masterwork, “Arcadia,” and the season will conclude with “Life is a Dream,” Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s classic tale, adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz.

Deep Dish is located in Chapel Hill’s University Mall, on Estes Drive and U.S. 15-501.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Subscriptions are on sale now —subscribers enjoy a number of benefits including reserved seats. For more information, visit the Deep Dish website at deepdishtheater.org or call the Deep Dish box office at 919-968-1515.

Here is the schedule:

• “ Good People”

by David Lindsay-Abaire

(August 23-September 14)

A single mother, unemployed and facing eviction, learns an ex-boyfriend has returned to the old neighborhood, and she decides to hit him up for a job. An incisive and very funny play by the Pulitzer-winning author of Rabbit Hole.

• “ A Queer Kiss”

by Joel Drake Johnson

(October 25-November 16)

Two high school boys and their parents are caught in a storm of accusation, recrimination and burgeoning sexuality. The world premiere of this moving exploration of adolescence from the dual perspectives of parent and child, developed in last year’s New Play Workshop.

•  New Play Workshop

(January 15-19)

Be a part of the process as playwright, director and actors develop a brand new play through a series of staged readings. Title to be announced.

• “ Arcadia”

by Tom Stoppard

(February 28-March 22)

Moving back and forth between 1809 and the present, Stoppard’s acclaimed comedy follows a gathering of academics sifting through clues to the past and a young girl determined to change the future. A dazzling and heartfelt examination of the interdependence of art, science and love.

• “ Life is a Dream”

by Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Translated and adapted by Nilo Cruz

(May 2-24)

Two travelers in a mystical world discover a prince, imprisoned by his father to thwart a prediction that he would destroy the kingdom. Together they grapple with destiny and the ephemeral nature of life itself in Calderon’s masterpiece, newly adapted by the celebrated author of Anna in the Tropics.

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