The State of Things
11:37 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Riches To Rags Story

Jeri Lynn Schulke as "Little" Edie Beale
The Justice Theater Project

The Justice Theater Project previews their new musical, 'Grey Gardens'

"Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Beale, a mother and daughter pair related to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, were once part of Hamptons high society. 

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The State of Things
11:18 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Kids Writing Plays

Drew Greene as Jimmy Wilson and the ensemble of KidsWrite 2014 in Five Stages by Miles Ndukwe
Aaron Bridgman

Burning Coal director of education Jonathan Fitts and three young playwrights talk about their project 'Kids Write'

Raleigh's Burning Coal Theatre Company premieres five new one-act plays written by high school students this weekend as part of KidsWrite, a festival that provides young writers the opportunity to get their work professionally produced, acted and directed.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Diary Secrets Revealed

The Diary Play poster

A preview of The Diary Play: Four Teens Tell Their Story


For a teenager, a diary can be a safe haven. It is a place to share thoughts that one would never speak aloud. But The Diary Play: Four Teens Tell Their Story brings those intimate details to light. Based on the teenage journals of four women who are now adults, the play asks questions about self-censorship and the boundaries between adults and young people.

Diaries cover everything from the monumental to the mundane. From tests and papers to crushes and self-esteem, it's all in there.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A New Play Mingles Sex And Diplomacy

Tarantino's Yellow Speedo poster

A preview of "Tarantino's Yellow Speedo"

  Have you ever wondered what goes on in the Olympic Village that doesn't make it on TV? A local playwright imagines a covert operation where sex crosses international borders and makes sport of diplomacy. Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern presents the world premiere of "Tarantino's Yellow Speedo" on Thursday, May 22 at 8:15pm at Man Bites Dog Theater in Durham. It runs through June 5. 

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Giving Motherhood A Microphone

KeAnne Hoeg with her son, Daniel.
KeAnne Hoeg

Host Frank Stasio talks to cast members of 'Listen to Your Mother'

 "Listen to your Mother" are words that make most children squirm. But a group of Triangle women put a new spin on the dreaded phrase in a theatrical event that celebrates the diverse experiences of motherhood.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed April 23, 2014

A New Take On The Diary Of Anne Frank

Josh Martin as Peter van Daan and Samantha Rahn as Anne Frank
Burning Coal Theatre

While Anne Frank’s story is familiar to many, the production currently on stage at Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre is a bit different. 

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Singing, Dancing Assassins

L to R: Maren Searle as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Julie Fishell as Sara Jane Moore
Jon Gardiner for PlayMakers Repertory Company

Host Frank Stasio talks with director Mike Donahue and actress Julie Fishell

What would have happened if John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald had met? Stephen Sonheim's musical, "Assassins" imagines a time when nine presidential killers or would-be killers can walk into a bar together. The show raises questions about what the pursuit of happiness means in America. Performed by PlayMakers Repertory Company, "Assassins" runs through April 20 at the Paul Green Theater in Chapel Hill. 

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

From The Air Force To The Chair Force

A moment from Grounded, a one-woman show featuring Madeleine Lambert.
Credit Jon Haas

Host Frank Stasio talks with director Talya Klein and actress Madeleine Lambert about the play Grounded.

After an unexpected pregnancy, an F-16 pilot gets reassigned to a desk job: flying drones from an armchair in a windowless trailer in Nevada.

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Aftermath Of Medical Mistakes

A scene from Love Alone with Julia Gibson as Helen Warren and Jenny Wales as Dr. Becca Neal.
Credit Playmakers Repertory Company

A preview of Deborah Salem Smith's play 'Love Alone'

When Dr. Becca Neal loses a patient after a routine procedure, she grieves much like the patient's family. 

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed February 19, 2014

"Celebration" Is A Dark Comedy About A Family Secret

Celebration is about a dark family secret.

Director Kevin Ewert and actress Lenore Field preview 'Celebration', a dark comedy presented by Durham’s Little Green Pig Theatrical

When a dark secret is revealed at father's 60th birthday party, the whole family has something to say about it.

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