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16-17 Season

Unraveling Beethoven:

Beyond the Canon

Devised by Nicholas DiEugenio & Mimi Solomon

What does it mean for creative artists to work alongside the specter of classical works? Violinist Nicholas DiEugenio and pianist Mimi Solomon commission five provocative new works for violin and piano (with optional electronics) from composers Allen Anderson, David Garner, Robert Honstein, Jesse Jones, and Tonia Ko, to be performed in conjunction with Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas.

Further information about the project can be found here.


Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:00pm
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8:00pm


Kenan Rehearsal Hall

Your Desires in Fragments

By Ramón Griffero,
Translated by Adam Versényi

Co-Sponsored by Teatro Latina/o


The plays of Chilean author Ramón Griffero, although well known in other countries, are still unfamiliar to English-speaking audiences. Your Desires in Fragments is part of dramaturg Adam Versényi’s collection of the first English translations of Griffero’s dramatic works. As an openly gay former revolutionary, Griffero founded the theatre company Teatro del Fin de Siglo and “El Trolley,” a cultural space for resistance to the Pinochet dictatorship.


Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8:00pm
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8:00pm


Swain Hall

Studio Six

The Black Pioneers Project

Presented in Partnership with the Southern Oral History Program

Over the past year, Southern Oral History Program interns interviewed members of the “Black Pioneers”—the earliest African American students who attended UNC between 1952 and 1972. Using the personal accounts recorded from their interviews and told through performance, remarkable stories emerge of individuals overcoming racism and effecting lasting change at UNC and beyond.


Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:00pm


The Sonja Haynes Stone Center

Spoken Word/Spoken Justice:

A festival of spoken word performance

Presented in partnership with WUNC-Radio and the Department of Communication


Announcing New Artists!

Will McInerney was originally scheduled to perform in this festival, but due to the requirements of his Rotary Peace Fellowship in the Peace Program at the University of Bradford, UK, he is unable to attend. However, he will be making a special surprise appearance and perform for us via Skype at some yet to be determined time in the festival, and we are excited to announce and welcome Jaclyn Gilstrap, CJ Suitt, and Jamila Reddy to this event.


Stirring performance works by internationally renowned spoken word artists Kane Smego, Mohammad Moussa, CJ Suitt, and Jamila Reddy along with visual artist, activist, and writer Jaclyn Gilstrap focus on issues of social justice and our understanding of the Middle East and Muslim culture. Smego will hold week-long workshops for graduate and undergraduate students during his residency and the festival will culminate in an open mic performance by student participants.


Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00pm
Saturday, February 11, 2017 starting at 2:00pm

Sunday, February 12, 2017 starting at 2:00pm


Swain Hall

Studio 6


By Lynden Harris/Hidden Voices

Over the course of a single day on death row, six men divulge their personal inheritances of violence, racism, mental illness, poverty - and sometimes surprising love. Based on writings and years of conversations with prisoners throughout the U.S., Count invites us into a stark, fluorescent otherworld where the condemned struggle in the face of scheduled death to re-envision what it means to live fully.



There will be an associated panel discussion on the death penalty on Thursday, March 2 from 4:30 to 6:00pm at the Center for the Study of the American South (410 E. Franklin Street, at the corner of E. Franklin and Battle Lane).

It will feature Professors Frank Baumgartner and Isaac Unah (UNC Political Science); Jennifer Thompson (author of Picking Cotton and President of Healing Justice); and Lynden Harris (Director of Hidden Voices).


Friday March 3, 2017 at 8:00pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:00pm


Swain Hall

Studio 6

Leaving Eden

By Mike Wiley

Music by Laurelyn Dossett

Directed by Vivienne Benesch

A co-production with PlayMakers Repertory Company & the Department of Dramatic Art


Acclaimed playwright Mike Wiley returns to PlayMakers with singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett to explore, through words and music, the cyclical nature of human behavior. A story of racial tension, immigration, and economic crisis in a small North Carolina town -- this unearthing of yesterday yields a hymn for our future.


Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:00pm



Center for Dramatic Art

Kenan Theatre

Located next to the Paul Green Theatre (main PlayMakers theatre) in the UNC Center for Dramatic Art at 250 Country Club Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Process Series: In-House Reading Series


Including a reading of...

Orange Light

By Howard L. Craft

A co-production with Kenan Theatre Company and the Department of Dramatic Art

Date: Reading in late August at the Love House

Spring: To be produced by Kenan Theatre Company

This play explores the lives of five women who work in a chicken processing plant. It is loosely based on events surrounding the tragic fire at the Imperial Foods plant in Hamlet, N.C. where on September 3, 1991, twenty-five workers burned to death behind locked doors. The play tells the tale of corporate greed running amuck as workers endure hellacious working conditions to provide for their families in the so-called “New South.”

The selected student(s) will receive a $2,500 commission fee this spring, and will be required to be available to participate fully in a workshop performance of the new work in the 2017-2018 school year.

...along with the Program in Sexuality Studies and The Provost’s Committee for LGBTQ Life are excited to announce a call for proposals for new original performance pieces created by UNC graduate or undergraduate students that explore the LGBTQI experience.

Submissions should include:

  • A two-page narrative description of the proposed project.

  • A 10 page writing sample, video sample, or equivalent, of previous performance work.

  • A brief biography or biographies of the creator or creators.

  • Additional support material is optional



Entries are due April 20th by 5:00 p.m.

The winning entry will be announced May 5th.

Send entries to Joseph Megel at

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