Local theater groups ramp up spring season
2/20-3/9 // CHARLOTTE
âThe Whipping Manâ
A wounded confederate soldier comes back to his ravaged plantation following the Civil War to find his family missing and two of his former slaves still there. This play shows the interaction between these men, as no one understands how to interact since the emancipation. They are reminded that they are âfamilyâ bound by their shared faith as they get ready to celebrate Passover together. As the three men wait for the familyâs return, they wrestle with their shared past as master and slave, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way, as well as new ones. Actorâs Theatre of Charlotte. actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
2/21-3/23 // CHARLOTTE
âThe Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deityâ
Professional wrestling comes to the theatre stage as Chad Deity makes his elaborate entrance in Charlotte! Mace is a great professional wrestler, but he is not the champion â thatâs the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan to put the duo onscreen as terrorists. Kristoffer Diazâs âThe Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deityâ is a serious minded comedy about wrestling, geopolitics and raisin bread. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre. nccast.com.
3/22-4/7 // CHARLOTTE
âWhoâs Afraid of Virginia Woolfâ
A dark comedy, âWhoâs Afraidâ portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games. By the eveningâs end, a stunning revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years. Theatre Charlotte. theatrecharlotte.org.
3/28-4/27 // CHARLOTTE
Veronica found the 1990âs to be a frightening place. She was minding her own business when Skylab came crashing down to earth only feet from where she was standing. Every man she has ever dated has failed her. She has tried anti-depressants, but she is anti-depressant resistant! Giant chickens cross her path chanting âThe Sky Is Fallingâ âŚ and now after death when she expected just to live peacefully in heaven forever and ever, Tibetan forces there keep trying to make her reincarnate. Only now she finds the world even scarier than when she was alive! Carolina Actors Studio Theatre. nicest.com.
4/10-27 // CHARLOTTE
âThe Exit Interviewâ
Professor Dick Figgâs exit interview gets off to a rocky start when a masked gunman runs amok through campus. This deliriously witty play ricochets through Brechtian interludes, politicized cheerleaders, a pompous newsman and two German doctors before reaching its farcical conclusion. If you have ever wanted to know the answer to the question, âwhy does God hate civil servants?,â then you must see this comic look at uncertainty and isolation. Actorâs Theatre of Charlotte. actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
5/9-6/1 // CHARLOTTE
CAST presents the story of Catherine, a troubled young woman who has spent years caring for her father, a brilliant, but unstable mathematician. Following his death, she must deal with the arrival of her estranged sister and the attentions of her fatherâs former student who hopes to find valuable work in the notebooks he left behind. A burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: how much of her fatherâs madness â or genius â did she inherit? Carolina Actors Studio Theatre. nccast.com.
5/17-6/2 // CHARLOTTE
âAvenue Qâ is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, itâs clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Theatre Charlotte. theatrecharlotte.org.
6/5-22 // CHARLOTTE
âThe Divine Sisterâ
An outrageous comic homage to all nun films, âThe Divine Sisterâ is a gleefully twisted tale about a resolute Mother Superior. While trying to build a new school for her convent, she must cope with a young postulant who experiences âvisions,â a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun from Berlin and a former suitor intent on luring her from her vows. Actorâs Theatre of Charlotte. actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
7/10-14 // CHARLOTTE
âWilly Wonka Jr.â
For three weeks this summer, approximately 30 participants, age 9-14, will work with professional directors, choreographers, designers, technicians and performers experiencing and creating musical theatre. This summer intensive will culminate in public performances of Roald Dahlâs âWilly Wonka Jr.â Theatre Charlotte. theatrecharlotte.org.
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Student spring theatre
Theatre students at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College will present a variety of shows this spring. At the university, check out their April 11-13 performance of âromeo.juliet,â a deconstruction of the 400-year-old classic by William Shakespeare. And CPCC presents âFencesâ in April, a 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama. For more information on student theatre this spring, visit arts.cpcc.edu/performing-arts/theatre and coaa.uncc.edu/academics/department-of-theatre.
â Show and performance descriptions and synopses courtesy various marketing materials.