Community Theater | Arts Feature | Indy Week
Pin It

Community Theater 

A pair of performances this week benefits the Triangle's one indispensable theater group

When Manbites Dog Theater asks for help, people tend to respond. First they asked actor and director Jay O'Berski of Shakespeare & Originals to organize this year's benefit production, The Only Time I'll Tell It, for the noted independent regional theater. Then O'Berski asked a group of local writers for permission to adapt their words for stage.

Now they're asking you to show up and see the result.

Bring money. It is, after all, a benefit, and tickets are $25 a pop--only twice the customary price for a production whose goal involves raising a sizable portion of the theater's operating costs. The cause is obvious and worthy.

If in 10 years' time Manbites Dog had only staged significant works of courage, conscience, imagination and taste, that alone would be worth celebrating, particularly in an artistic community where these commodities were once regularly in short supply. But it has also repeatedly given shelter, encouragement--and, most importantly, a venue--to a number of the area's best fledgling theater groups.

Nor have its successful efforts in community-building been limited to the world of the arts. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Festival is a yearly staple, and an important regional festival devoted to queer theater and performance. Of course there have been missteps more than once along the way: Experiments require risk, and not all of theirs have paid off uniformly. But in terms of Durham and regional independent theater, for 10 years theirs has truly been the indispensable company.

That's why you're about to pick up the phone, dial 682-3343, and make a reservation. Even if you're going to be busy both Friday and Saturday night. (If you are, don't forget to tell them, so they can resell your seat.)

O'Berski still remembers what happened when he focused on Southern writers for a Shakespeare & Originals fundraiser two years ago. "We found a lot of people knew some of the characters and were excited to see what we'd do with them," he says. This weekend production has no shortage of regional names, like Gurganus, Betts, Edgerton and Shelton-Green.

But it's the lesser-known commodities who make this concert intriguing. O'Berski will direct the first chapter from Daniel Wallace's comedic novel Ray in Reverse, a work about group therapy in heaven. The author will be onstage. Lissa Brennan directs excerpts from two novels by author and former Flying Burrito waitress Sarah Dessen. And Tom Marriott adapts, directs and appears in a section of a novel in progress by Lawrence Naumoff. Its working title: "A Southern Tragedy."

If these names aren't familiar to you--at least, not yet--it's time you were introduced. EndBlock

  • A pair of performances this week benefits the Triangle's one indispensable theater group.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Arts Feature



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

There is a long list of benefits that can come out of a successful viral marketing campaign for your business. …

by Ryan Silver on A tale of two memes: The Triangle backstories of a pair of recent viral video sensations (Arts Feature)

I've been waiting for over a decade to get in there without feeling like I'm wasting anyone's time. Now I …

by Liz Mckay on Durham’s Best (OK, Only) Rare Tuba Museum Opens to the Public (Arts Feature)

Wow, thank you for the wonderful editorial and amazing pictures. All the best to you two! - Aiyana

by SimonettiTubaCollection on Durham’s Best (OK, Only) Rare Tuba Museum Opens to the Public (Arts Feature)

WOW, good information.

by Diana Haywood on Discover Oberlin Cemetery, a Buried History of Black Prosperity Hidden in Cameron Village (Arts Feature)

Absolutely a great performance! A much needed and timely message that was executed by an extremely talented group. Loved it

by Biggoppa on Five things that mattered this year in the performing arts (Arts Feature)

Comments

There is a long list of benefits that can come out of a successful viral marketing campaign for your business. …

by Ryan Silver on A tale of two memes: The Triangle backstories of a pair of recent viral video sensations (Arts Feature)

I've been waiting for over a decade to get in there without feeling like I'm wasting anyone's time. Now I …

by Liz Mckay on Durham’s Best (OK, Only) Rare Tuba Museum Opens to the Public (Arts Feature)

Most Read

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation