Performances at The Plant in Pittsboro April 28-May 1

Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Thursday, April 28, 7:30pm

Friday, April 29, 7:30pm

Saturday, April 30, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m.

Cascade

Written by Jim Grimsley 
Directed by Joseph Megel

Acclaimed NC playwright and novelist, Jim Grimsley, takes us to the not-so-distant future where
the climate crisis before us now, is in the rearview mirror, society is breaking down, resources
are scarce, and people are on the move. Only Grimsley could find both terror and tenderness in
this strange new world. Last season, we presented Cascade as a reading in-process. This season,
we bring you the full production in Swain Hall throughout the month of April before moving on
to the Pittsboro Beverage District in May as part of StreetSigns season.


Co-produced by StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance & the Department of
Communication

Cascade

Featuring

DOROTHY RECASNER BROWN

GABRIEL GRAETZ*

DERRICK IVEY

TIA PULIKAL

DOVIE THOMASON

Director JOSEPH MEGEL

Set DAVID BERBERIAN

Lights LIZ DROESSLER

Video EAMONN FARRELL

Sound MICHAEL BETTS, II

Costumes ERIN WEST

Props TORI RALSTON

Videography ALEX MANESS

Co-Producers Elisabeth Lewis Corley and David Berberian

*actor is a member of Actors' Equity Association

Cascade was developed in association with and is presented in association with The Process Series: New Works in Development.

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Performance Schedule

Swain Hall Black Box Theatre April 7-23

101 E. Cameron Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Thursday, April 7 Pay-What-You-Can-Preview 7:30pm

Friday, April 8 Opening Night 7:30pm (Reception Follows)

Saturday, April 9, 7:30pm 

Thursday, April 14, 7:30pm

Friday, April 15, 7:30pm

Saturday, April 16, 7:30pm

Sunday, April 17, 2:00pm

Thursday, April 21, 7:30pm

Friday, April 22, 7:30pm

Saturday, April 23, 7:30pm

Panel Discussions and Talkbacks TBA

For the Pay-What-You-Can Preview (Thursday, April 7) click here to reserve a seat for $5 or take your chances at the door!

 
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Jim Grimsley

Joseph Megel, artistic director of both The Process Series and StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, and the director of this production is looking forward to sharing with audiences this crucial new play. “Any time we have an opportunity to work on a play by Jim Grimsley, we leap at the chance. Cascade is especially exciting because StreetSigns has been looking for a work that addresses our current climate crisis in a way that could galvanize audiences. This is that play.”

 

In February 2020, Jim Grimsley and three other playwrights were asked to answer a forty-eight-hour challenge to write a full-length play responding to “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming,” by David Wallace-Wells. Grimsley’s response, Cascade, is a brilliant work, written in a fever, responding to our feverish world, caught up in a climate emergency, drowning in over-heated rhetoric and starving for a coherent, coordinated response. “When I was approached about writing a play in response to this crisis, I wasn’t sure I had anything to add. I wasn’t sure there was a story that would come to me. I was somewhat surprised and more than a little pleased that this one did.”

 

Jim Grimsley was born in rural eastern North Carolina and was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying writing with Doris Betts and Max Steele. He has published short stories and essays in various quarterlies, including DoubleTake, New Orleans Review, Carolina Quarterly, the New Virginia Review, the LA Times, and the New York Times Book Review. Jim’s first novel Winter Birds, was published in the United States by Algonquin Books in the fall of 1994. Winter Birds won the Sue Kaufman Prize for best first novel from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. He has published other novels, including Dream Boy, Kirith Kirin, and My Drowning. His books are available in Hebrew, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese. He has also published a collection of plays and most recently a memoir, How I Shed My Skin. His body of work as a prose writer and playwright was awarded the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2005. For twenty years he taught writing at Emory University in Atlanta. jimgrimsley.net

“When I was approached about writing a play in response to this crisis, I wasn’t sure I had anything to add. I wasn’t sure there was a story that would come to me. I was somewhat surprised and more than a little pleased that this one did.”

- Jim Grimsley

“Any time we have an opportunity to work on a play by Jim Grimsley, we leap at the chance. Cascade is especially exciting because StreetSigns has been looking for a work that addresses our current climate crisis in a way that could galvanize audiences. This is that play.”

- Joseph Megel

For more insight into the mind of Jim Grimsley, don't miss his fascinating website where he blogs about everything he is reading, with utter candor and a sophisticated understanding of literature, language, and all the things that interest him. It is difficult to imagine anything of importance that does notinterest him. He knows and loves books and he generously shares his broad and sympathetic journey through them.

The Venues

For the Swain Hall Black Box Theatre parking is often available in the Swain Hall Parking lot right next to the theatre after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on the weekends. For the times when it is reserved, it is always good to have a back up plan. 

When the Swain lot is not available, most other campus parking areas are available for parking without a permit. Check this link for .pdf maps to parking:

https://move.unc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/248/2014/11/parking-zone-map.pdf

 

And this link for a more interactive map and more information about the rules for weeknight parking: https://maps.unc.edu/parking/weeknight-parking/

 

There are also many places to park, within easy walking distance for those who are able, in downtown Chapel Hill.

The theatre is wheelchair accessible.

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Parking is free at The Plant (also known as The Beverage District). There are two main parking lots and a couple of handicapped parking spots just outside the theatre. 

Check out the interactive map herehttps://www.theplantnc.com/map

Parking Lot 1 offers parking spaces when you first drive in, from which those who are able can walk a short block to the building at the end where the performance will take place. There is also another parking lot, Parking Lot 2, to the left as you drive farther in. There are designated handicapped parking spaces in Parking Lot 2 and also just outside the theatre building itself.

The theatre is wheelchair accessible.

When you turn off of Highway 64 onto Industrial Park Drive you will be driving about .6 of a mile before you see Lorax Lane. Fear not! There are great local spots for food and drink just ahead, and at the end of a little main street, the repurposed bio diesel factory building where the performance will take place.

Public restrooms are in the bright blue "Bath House" opposite the entrance to the theatre. 

More information about the food and beverage businesses that make up The Plant here:  https://www.theplantnc.com/chathambeveragedistrict

If you have questions or concerns, please be in touch with us at StreetSignsCenter@gmail.com and we will do our best to get back to you promptly.