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Monday, August 24, 1981 The Daily Tar Hecl9C
Company geto new director
Performances and workshops
to be given by clanee companies
PRC p hums to put on &m pknys
By LEAH TALLEY
DTK Staff Writer
Enthusiasm is again present in the Playmakers Reper
tory Company this year with the help of the new artistic
director of the PRC, David Rotenburg, and an am
bitious and varying selection of plays.
Rotenburg, who has lived in and around New York
for the last ten years before coming to Chapel Hill as a
visiting associate professor, directed his first professional
play at the age of 18. He has been free-lance directing
and teaching since then. This year, in addition to filling
the post of PRC's artistic director, Rotenburg will also
direct several PRC productions and teach an
undergraduate acting class.
Last season, the post of artistic director was not filled,
perhaps leading to some confusion concerning student
casting in PRC productions. Rotenburg's objectives,
however, are clear. He plans a genuine effort to bring
out local talent and to solidify the bonds between the
graduate drama program and the PRC. Rotenburg said
that "students are owed access to the PRC, not
necessarily in the form of roles." Quality is still the final
criterion in casting. A balance of professional and stu
dent actors can be achieved, and Rotenburg seems to be
finding success. The PRC's first production, The Front
Page, has a cast of 23 including 11 students.
The five" plays selected (and one new play to be an
nounced at a later date), Rotenburg describes as "an
honest attempt to address the issues of today through the
use of major works of entertainment." He said The
Front Page is a "true American vision of the world"
which lends comic insight to today's journalism.
The schedule for this year includes: Betrayal, the most
accessible Harold Pinter play and the first Pinter play
performed at UNC; The Glass Menagerie which Roten
burg sees as Tennessee Williams most important play,
Twelfth Night, which Rotenburg calls Shakespeare's
most misunderstood work and Angel Street, which is
better known as the film Gaslight, but has a few sur
prises of its own. .
In addition to the PRC schedule, the Department of
Dramatic Art will present three plays: Romeo and Juliet,
A Christmas Carol and Frankenstein. Auditions for
these productions are open to all interested persons.
Laboratory Auditions will have five productions this
year that will be directed by faculty members. Auditions
for Romeo and Juliet and Outward Bound, the first lab
theater, will be held on Sept. 8 and 9.
Rotenburg sees the PRC as a library, a resource un
tapped by the University and the students and he hopes
to change this through increasing student casting, reduc
ing student ticket prices, and uncompromising quality
standards. He said, "this University has a commitment
to quality ... quality basketball, quality football. There is
no reason why we can't have quality theater."
' This season, two season ticket plans are being offered
to UNC students. Students may attend five plays for
$15, (all plays except Angel Street) on Wednesdays at 8
p.mi-No exchanges can be made and these are general
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admission tickets. The second option is attending all six
plays at a cost of $25 at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Thursdays or Sundays, or at 2 p.m. Sun
day. ; ' ",
These are, reserved seating tickets. Also, rush tickets
will be available at the door when the productions aren't
sold out for $3.50 on weekdays and $4.50 on weekends.
Lab theater tickets are free and Department of Dramatic
Art productions are $3.50 for students, PRC season
ticket holders, and senior citizens, and $2.50 for children
under the age of eleven. Tickets are $4.50 for the general
Many groups plan wide variety of shows
By TTM MOONEY
DTH Staff Writer
Among the theatrical offerings in the
Triangle area this year are a number of per
formances sure to interest any theater fan.
Many theaters express a deep concern
for the patronage of University students
and offer student discounts.
Following is a list of the area's theaters,
including shows, dates, times and telephone
Gallery Theater of the Art School, Can
Mill Mall. Student rates to be announced.
Phone 942-2041. What the Butler Saw by .
John Orton. Fridays through Sundays,
Sept. l8-Oct.4. Wait Until Dark, a thriller
by Frederick Knott. Fridays through Sun
days, Nov. 6-22. Getting Out by Marsha
Norman, Feb. 5-21. The Grass Harp, a
musical based on a play by Truman Ca
pote. April 10-May 2.
Also at the Art School, the N.C. Arts
Council will present The Poet's Exchange,
poetry readings for the community. Sept.
20: Debra Polk, Thadious Davis and Paul
Jones. Oct. 11: Poetry in Translation.
Nov. 1: Charles Edward Eaton.
Duke University Players, Branson
Theater on Duke's East Campus. Tickets
range from $2.50 to $4. Phone 684-3181.
The Lover by Harold Pinter, Sept. 11-12.
Hotel Paradiso by Georges Feydeau. Oct.
14-17, 21-24. Carbonated Rainbow, a
show of original Players' material. Nov.
20-22, Dec. 3-6.
Durham Theater Guild, Durham Arts
Council Building, 120 Morris St. Tickets
are $3 at the door; for reservations call
688-4259. Three Permy Opera. Oct. 9-11,
16-18 and 23-25. J Remember Mama. Dec.
Raleigh Little Theater, on Pogue Street.
Student tickets range from $2 to $6. Call
821-4579 for reservations. I Do, I Do, an
energetic musical. Wednesdays through
Sundays, Sept. 18-Oct. 10. Diary of Anne
Frank, a powerful' classic. Tuesdays
through Sundays, Nov. 20-Dec. 6. You
Can 7 Take It With You. Tuesdays through
Sundays, Jan. 29-Feb. 14.
" Theater in the Park, Pullen Park. Tic
kets for students are $3; phone 755-6058
or 755-6936. Evening of Dance, a dance
festival. Sept. 11-12. Night of the Iguana,
Sept. 25-26, Oct. 2-4. Spoon River Antho
logy, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8. A
Christmas Carol. Dec. 12-15. All tickets $5
to $7 this performance only.
Thompson Theater, student theater at
North Carolina State University. Student
tickets available by calling 737-2405.
Lysistrata. Oct. 30-31. and Nov. 4-7. For
Colored Girls Who Have Considered Sui
cide When The Rainbow is Enuf. Nov.
18-21. The Madrigal Dinner, special early
evening show. Dec. 1-6.
Stewart Theater, repertory theater in the
N.C. State student union. Season tickets
available Aug. 27. Individual show tickets
at door, if any remain. Sugar Babies, in
Memorial Auditorium. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 .
Victor Borge, also in Memorial Audito
rium. Oct. 15-16. The Importance of Being
Earnest. Oct: 24 only. Yankee Doodle
Dandy, part of children's series. Oct. 31.
Feats, another children's performance.
Nov. 14. Children of a Lesser God. Nov.
22. The Country Wife. Dec. 12.
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The Triangle Dance Guild in association
-with the Carolina Union Performing Arts
Committee will present three major dance
companies at UNC this year for perfor
mances and workshops. Season tickets are
available now at the Carolina Union Box
Office: prices are $1 1 for students, Union
Privilege Card holders and senior citizens;
and $15 for all others. Tickets for indivi
dual performances are $5.50 and $7.50.
Gus Giordano and his Jazz Dance Chi
cago will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 in
Memorial Hall. Gus Giordano, whose in
novative company has gathered worldwide
acclaim by dance critics, is considered one
of the foremost choreographers to fuse
jazz elements with the lexicon of classical
ballet and modern dance.
Betsy Kline in The Kansas City Times
said Giordano's "presentation makes Bob
Fosse's current hit, Dancin ' look lethargic
in comparison. Giordano and his troupe
really know what jazz dance-ballet is all
about and they splash their energies all
over the stage in a celebration of their art."
The American Ballet Theatre II will per
form at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 in Memorial Hall.
The American Ballet Theatre II was formed
in 1972 to bring quality dance to places that
could no longer accomodate the financial
and technical requirements of the Ameri
can Ballet Theatre. Like the American Bal
let Theatre, ABT II in its repetoire ranges
from romantic and classical ballet to con
temporary and modern dance. Walter
Terry in The Saturday Review said ABT II
was stunning. "Exuberant, vital, and ex
cellently trained in their age bracket, the
young dancers are among the best to be
found anywhere in America."
The Jose Limon Dance Company will
perform at 8 p.m. March 25 in Memorial
Hall. The late Jose Limon, considered one
of the greatest male dancers of his time,
founded this company in 1946 which exists
today as one of the two senior modern
dance companies in the United States.
Since Limon's death, the company has
continued with a repertory including the
best of Limon's work as well as works by
current masters and talented new choreographers.
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But why go on my word alone? Get
one of those nifty film calendars and re
search things yourself. '
The films this semester will be shown
in the' new Union Auditorium which is
equipped with a much better sound and
projection system than the antiquated
Carroll Hall. And the screen in the new
auditorium is much wider so purists
won't have to watch their films with a
third of the image on the wall or cut off
by a conniving projectionist. Since the
auditorium is new, the film staff is going
to be much stricter on the food and drink
policy, so you have been forewarned.
Also as a final personal note, I hope
that the hissing and talking that often
goes on in the free flick will end this
semester. If you want to carry on go see
The Rocky Horror Picture Show or stay
at home and annoy your neighbors. This
is probably a futile plea I know, but
maybe things will be better. Whatever
happens I'll see you at the movies.
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