ArtsCenter Stage’s 2014-2015 Theatre Season

| September 17, 2014

TheDecadeOfTomorrowArtsCenter Stage Announces 2014-2015 Theatre Season. “The Decade of Tomorrow: All The World’s Affair”

ArtsCenter Stage presents its 2014-2015 season commemorating World War I during the centennial of its start. Featuring the world premiere of Into the Breach by Ian Bowater running October 10-12 and 16-19, the re-mounting of the holiday favorite All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein running December 5-7 and 11-14, and the iconic satirical anti-war play Oh, What a Lovely War!  by Joan Littlewood and The Theatre Workshop running May 15-17 and 21-24. Shows on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays are at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Friday and Saturday tickets are $18, $16 for Students/Seniors, and $14 for Friends of The ArtsCenter. Thursday and Sunday tickets are $16, $14 for Students/Seniors, and $12 for Friends of The ArtsCenter. Group rates are available. To purchase tickets or for more information go to, visit The ArtsCenter Box Office at 300-G East Main Street in Carrboro, or call The ArtsCenter’s Box Office at 919-929-2787.

As we look back 100 years and remember the events of The Great War, it is important to view them through a variety of lenses and points of view. With theater, these events can be recreated in different styles that call into question the different forms of war and how they benefit or harm communities.

“The decade of tomorrow” was a decade of innovation and change, the products and events of which continue to influence the world today and into tomorrow. Throughout our season we encourage audiences to ask themselves: How is war present in our lives?

In 2013 ArtsCenter Stage was cited for Special Achievement in the Humanities for its 2013-14 season. Byron Woods stated that ArtsCenter Stage “took a programming risk, slating a season of theatrical works to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial through three different perspectives.” “The payoff for this programming risk was a five-star review for The Whipping Man, raves from audiences for our season and patrons that were enlightened, engaged and encouraged to support our mission,” says ArtsCenter Stage Artistic Director, Jeri Lynn Schulke. “This year, we intend to capitalize on that momentum with an even more ambitious season. We’ve commissioned a new play to be written by a local playwright, we’re bringing back a recent holiday favorite, we’ll be partnering with UNC faculty on panel discussions, and offer writing workshops for veterans, among many other offerings. We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming season.”

ArtsCenter Stage 2014-2014 Shows

Into the Breach by Ian Bowater
 10-12 and 16-19, 2014
Directed by Gregor McElvogue
In this World Premiere, five young men journey from Shakespeare’s school to the Western Front.  Into the Breach is inspired by a true story from 1913 just one year before the onslaught of World War One.  After acting in a production of Shakespeare’s Henry V in which patriotism and the horrors of war are highlighted, these men voyage into the horrors of battle themselves in the war to end all wars.  The men travel different paths and are reunited to remount their performances for injured soldiers.   Into the Breach inspires us to see the ways we can change, heal and unite even under the most difficult of circumstances.  This is an ArtsCenter Stage commissioned project by Triangle playwright Ian Bowater.

With actors Jeb Brinkley, Justin Johnson, Brandon Rafalson, Laurel Ullman, Peter Vance and production company members Devon Abdo (Stage Manager), David Berberian (Tech Director), Jeb Brinkley (Co-Musical Director), James Carnahan (Set Design), Marissa Erickson (Costume Design),  Adam Lindquist (Sound Design), Gregor McElvogue (Director), Andy Parks (Lighting Design), Peter Vance (Co-Musical Director) and Nathaniel Wells (Tech Intern)

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 By Peter Rothstein, Erick Lichte, Timothy C. Takach and Cantus Vocal Ensemble
December 5-7 and 11-14, 2014
Directed by Jeri Lynn Schulke with musical direction by Sue Klausmeyer and featuring the men of Cantari
Back by popular demand, All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, returns to ArtsCenter Stage this December. Reviewers have said this “muscular musical” “stirs the soul”.  Five months into the First World War opposing soldiers put down their guns, came out of their trenches and met each other in no man’s land to share songs, gifts, and yuletide cheer.  All is Calm features the men of Cantari, Chapel Hill’s eminent vocal ensemble.  With the guiding light of a remarkable historical event, All is Calm illuminates the true meaning of “peace on earth, goodwill to men”.
With actors/singers Dale Bailey, Robert Bruce, Eric Dashman, Adam Dengler, Scott Goodwin, Jeremy Jennings, Darin Knapp, John Paul Middlesworth, David Ray, Michael Shannon, and Dave Sroka, along with production company members David Berberian (Tech Director), James Carnahan (Set Design), Elizabeth Droessler (Lighting Design), Marissa Erickson (Costume Design), Sue Klausmeyer (Musical Director), McKenzie Millican (Stage Manager), Jeri Lynn Schulke (Director) and Nathaniel Wells (Tech Intern)

Oh, What a Lovely War!  By Joan Littlewood and The Theatre Workshop
May 15-17 and 21-24, 2015

Directed by Hope Alexander
Oh, What a Lovely War!, the smash, anti-authoritarian ‘musical entertainment’ from the 1960s anti-war era highlights the universal view that World War One was a really, really bad idea.  This visionary production uses popular vaudevillian entertainment to tackle history from the point of view of the man-on-the-street.  Oh, What a Lovely War!, an end of the pier pierrot show, combines a jaunty mix of song, dance and comic sketches to satirize incompetent  authorities, sidestep sentimentality and ultimately throw into sharp relief the tragedies of war.

With Ian Bowater, Germain Choffart, Sarah Donnell, Marcia Edmundson, John Paul Middlesworth, Julie Oliver, Page Purgar, Marleigh Purgar-McDonald, Jeri Lynn Schulke, Geraud Staton, and B. Lazarus Simmons and production company members Devon Abdo (Stage Manager), Hope Alexander (Director), David Berberian (Tech Director), Tracey Broome (Props Design), James Carnahan (Set Design), William Deedler (Mask Design), Elizabeth Droessler (Lighting Design), Marissa Erickson (Costume Design), Matthew Lubin (Assistant Stage Manager), Killian Manning (Choreographer), Alex Thompson (Musical Director), and Nathaniel Wells (Tech Intern)

Into the Breach: October 10-12 and 16-19 2014
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914: December 5-7 and 11-14 2014
Oh, What a Lovely War!:  May 15-17 and 21-24 2015
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm

THE ARTSCENTER, 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510

General $18
Student/Senior (62+) $16
ArtsCenter Friends $14

General $16
Student/Senior (62+) $14
ArtsCenter Friends $12.

Tickets available at or 919-929-2787

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