'Sam' director from Toronto
enjoys laid-back Chapel Hill
By CHIP ENSSLIN
Arts and Entertainment Editor
Perhaps one of the best things Bill Peters did
was to ignore the personal advice of Northrnp
Peters, the director of the Playmakers
Repertory Company's current running, Play It
Again, Sam, disregarded his University of
Toronto teacher's advice to leave his
extracurricular dramatics alone and concentrate
on his English studies.
"1 didn't do what he said," Peters said, "but I
managed to squeak by."
Peters, a native of Toronto, went on to graduate
school in drama at Yale where he met his wife Sara
Albertson, an accomplished filmmaker and an
artist in her own right.
The two have spent the last month in Chapel
Hill, working with Sam and silting in on various
classes for question and answer sessions. Sam will
be playing through Sunday, Nov. 27.
"It's been a great experience working here,"
Peters said last week over lunch at the Carolina
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support for theater here, but also because of the
laid-back atmosphere. Everyone's working
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Peters was asked to come to Chapel Hill by hi
former Yale teacher Tom Haas, who is the artistic
director for the PRC. Peters was given free rein
with the script and made changes he felt were
"1 approached the script as an editor," Peter
said. "That's the Yale training. They make you
make decisions. You work with the writers."
Producing a play that was carried by the comic
genius of Woody Allen on Broadway without
having Allen to play his own protagonist would be
a challenge for any director.
"I wasn't intimidated,"Peterssaid."lfit'saone
person play it's not a play. Rudimentary though
they are, there are characters and a plot."
Peters fattened the script, omitted many of the
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Bill Peters and his wife Sara Albertson have spent a month in Chapel Hill while Peters
directed the current-running Playmakers Repertory Company production of Play It
Again, Sam. Albertson, a noted filmmaker, met her husband while they were
studying drama at Yale.
Prters gives much of the credit for the success of
the production to Neil Smith, who plays the
character of Allen Felix with "an appealing
fragility." creating a more sympathetic character.
Sara Albertson, Peters' wife, has just returned
from Taiwan, where she shot a documentary
about Chinese engineering techniques. The two
have enjoyed being together in Chapel Hill since
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job assignments often force them to spend lime
apart from each other.
Albertson, who studied acting at Yale under
such eminent filmmakers as George Roy Hill and
Arthur Penn, showed the hall-hour "black
comedy" she filmed for Canadian television to
several RTVMP classes here.
"The fact that this is now a legitimate
department and course of study is encouraging,"
she said. "The mass culture is seductive. We learn
how to read but we don't have that many ways of
educating ourselves visually."
Toronto, one of the filmmaking centers in
North America, is the current home base of Peters
and Albertson. who say that it is "easy to become a
gypsy" in their business. Politics and opportunity,
however, may motivate them to move to America
in the next few years, according to Peters.
"Places like this (Chapel Hill) invite writers
down from some other part of the country to an
environment like this, where they can produce.
The great thing is that they bring the writers in
from the outside." he said.
The Carolina fencing team won its first gold
medal since it began competing in the Penn Stale
Intercollegiate Tournament this weekend.
Stan Schulman won the gold hy taking first
place in saber. In the previous years. Carolina had
won seven silver medals and two brone. but
Schulman's finish was a first for DNC.
Rich Weil finished fourth in saber. He tied for
third and fourth on indicators. The saber
competition was dominated by the ACC, with
Carolina's sophomore corncrback
Ricky Burden is recovering from
surgery Sunday to repair damaged
ligaments in his knee.
Barden suffered the injury during
Carolina's I6-3 win over Duke
Saturday. He will miss the Liberty
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The Carolina intramural department had a busy
day last Thursday with wrestling finals and the
Turkey Trot cross country run.
A field of 260 wrestlers had been trimmed by the
final matches Thursday, as a field of 48 met in
Woollen Gym for the right to call themselves
intramural wrestling champions. Competition in
three divisions and 10 weight classes produced
some good wrestling, according to intramural
director Fd Shields.
"There were only a few forfeitsand the caliber of
wrestling was good," Shields said. "One match
went into two overtimes before a winner was
determined, and the spectators present added to
In the residence hall division the winners were:
118-pound class Wayne Promislow of
Mangum; 126 - Barry Saunders of Morrison; 134
Clark Norman of A very; 142 Darvl Emig of
Old East; 150 - Sonny Morton of Manky; 158
Kelley Fpplcy of Everett; 167 - R. W. Hinshaw or
Fhringhaus; 177 - Chris Kueny of Morrison; 190
- Don Dow Its of Stacy; and Heavyweight Jeff
l.anc of Granville West.
The fraternity winners were: 126 - Mark
Kogan of Chi Psi; 134 - Will Chapman of Beta
Theta Pi; 142 - Curtis Rudolph of Kappa Alpha;
ISO.-- William Bamberger; 158 Chris Stokes of
Delta Kappa Fpsilon; 167 - Tom Templeton of
Beta Theta Pi; 177 Rip Davy of Sigma Alpha
Fpsilon; 190 Jack Koloid of Kappa Psi; and
The N.C. State swimming team dominated the
Atlantic Coast Conference Relays Sunday in
Raleigh. The Pack won nincol llic I6eventsinthe
The women from Carolina look three of eight
events. In the 600-yard individual medley. Bonnie
Brown, like L.cMaire and Laurie Potter set a meet
record. Brown, LcMaire, Ann Marshall and
Kathy Vayda swum to a new meet and pool record
gold at Penn State meet
four out of the six finalists coming from the
conference. UNC was the only school with two
fencers in the saber finals.
Frank Blake and Tom Killian advanced
through the epee semifinals before missing the
finals because of indicators. John Saunders also
fenced well but was eliminated in the
UNC crew club
splits two races
The UNC crew club raced UNC-Wilmington
Sunday in the team's first regatta of the season. In
the first of two 2.000-meter races, UNC lost by two
boat lengths. Carolina won the second race. ,
Members of the boat were Boyd Oilman, Dave
Holt, Rusty Long. Dan Nobles, Bob Mcighan,
Kevin Koumjian, Bert Stewart. Bruce Bindeman,
Dick Weibolt and Martha Hyde, coxswain. The
coach is George Hagerman.
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In the graduate-independent division Ronny
Mendenhall won 134, Robert Widi won 150,
Rich Schwartz took 158; Bill Montgomery, 167;
and Tim Wilkerson, 190.
The Turkey Trot cross country run attracted 84
entries Thursday afternoon. The first man to
finish the race was David Hankira with a time of
10.28. The First woman finisher was Nancy
Capowski in 14:17.
Roy Peach carried the banner for the older set,
as he won the over-40 class and a turkey for his
An impressive performance was turned in by the
male four-man team victor. The "Godiva
Trotters," of Larry Hanson. Roland Rust, Bob
Schaich and Dave Cich finished second through
fifth individually to win a turkey for the men's
The "Turkics." composed of Liz Spitnagcl,
Dena Frontero, Ann Piltmane and Linda Causey
made up the winning foursome in women's
competition. Donna Rich won the prize for "the
most spirited" and walked away wit ha goose egg.
Ron Hyatt, of the physical education
department and a former intramural director
served as honorary starter for the Turkey Trot and
then ran in the race himself. Hyatt, after giving the
entire field a big head start, didn't finish last, as he
worked his way up to finish 82nd.
David Wright defeated Scott Love 6-0. 6-0,
Friday in the finals of the All-Campus Tennis
fare well in relays
kt the 440-yard free; Brown, LcMaire, Marshall
and Lauren DuPrce also set meet and pool records
in the 800-yard free relay.
"We were swimming to learn and to try to
eliminate some mistakes that often show up in
later competition," l)NC swimming coach Frank
Comfort said. "1 think it's a mistake to draw any
conclusions from the results."
- KEN ROBERTS
In women's foil, seven out of nine women from
UNC advanced into the second round and Cathy
Swan advanced to the quarterfinals. The men's
foil ran into a string of bad luck because of poor
seedings and indicators. UNC fencing coach Ron
Miller said he was pleased with the Heels
performance in the preseason tournament.
"We got our first gold medal." Miller said, "and
all in all, it was a very strong performance by the
entire team. It is also yery encouraging for the
balance of the season."
District 9 results
Rhonda Black was elected Campus Governing
Council District 9 representative last week,
defeating Chuck Morgan with 160 votes or 54.4
percent of all votes cast. Morgan received 34.8
percent. The remaining votes either went to write
in candidates or were disqualified.
District 9 consists of Mclver, Alderman,
Kenan, Ehringhaus and undergraduate Craige
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