Gone Feasting. Back Next Year.

The wall says it all.

The wall says it all.

There’s gingerbread from Maria B

And cheeses from Chapel Hill Creamery

Pain au chocolat and scones from Loaf

to munch in the morning while wrappings come off

Ham and jam from Stone Bros. and Byrd–

they came with several hugs–

The bourbon and eggnog are ready to mix

So bless you Durham

This Star’s on vacation till January six.

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Next Year in the Theater

Aaron Davidman will perform his WRESTLING JERUSALEM at PRC2, Jan 7-11. Photo: Ken Friedman.

Aaron Davidman will perform his WRESTLING JERUSALEM at PRC2, Jan 7-11. Photo: Ken Friedman.

Whew. 2014 was another amazing year in Triangle theatre, but there’s little time off for the avid audience. 2015’s season starts right up on Jan. 2 with South Stream Productions presentation of Pinter’s The Caretaker at Common Ground. If Pinter’s not tough enough for you, try Wrestling Jerusalem, at PlayMakers PRC2 Jan. 7-11.

A one-man show, written and performed by Aaron Davidman, the work follows Davidman’s travels in Israel and Palestine as he attempts to unravel this knot of troubles, “to try,” in his words,”to understand the nuance and complexity that lives in the hearts of the human beings at the center of the conflict. Part personal memoir, part transformational theatre, in addition to myself, I play 17 different characters whom I meet along the way, each with his own story and perspective to share.”

As I’ve mentioned before, the PRC2 series is not just about watching a show–it’s about having a discussion afterwards, since civil discussion of intractable matters is one of the key roles of theater in society. I am deeply grateful to live in a place with real theatre that does just that, and deeply admiring of theatre leaders who bring tough work and defend it against all the forces of dilution and silence. You may have read of the recent firing of the artistic director of Washington, DC’s Theater J, Ari Roth, by the board of the Jewish Community Center, of which the theater is a part. In an unheard-of show of support, 60 or so artistic directors from theaters around the country sent an open letter of protest. I am proud to say that our own Joseph Haj, producing artistic director of PlayMakers–who keeps bringing us work like Rodney King and Wrestling Jerusalem–was one of the signatories. You can read an interview with Roth on Howlround here.

Hard on the heels of that show will come the eagerly awaited new work by Howard L. Craft, Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green. Directed by Joseph Megel and performed by the talented Alphonse Nicholson, the presentation by the StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance will play in UNC’s Swain Hall Jan. 8-24.

Also opening Jan. 8, at Manbites Dog Theater, VECTOR‘s Habitus, an installation/performance by dancer/choreographer Leah Wilks and video/virtuality wizard Jon Haas. All this and more before the month’s half over. Rest now, ye merry ladies and gents–no rest in the new year.

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Put the Weight Right on Me: Justin Tornow’s Company at the Carrack

From my review published 12/15/14 in Classical Voice of North Carolina:

 

Choreographer Justin Tornow pondering THE WEIGHTS in rehearsal at The Carrack. Jessica Blakely/Jessica Arden Photography.

Choreographer Justin Tornow pondering THE WEIGHTS in rehearsal at The Carrack. Jessica Blakely/Jessica Arden Photography.

Company’s Chamber Dance at the Carrack

Local dancers in Durham have positioned themselves for a great leap forward by forming an ensemble, Durham Independent Dance Artists, earlier this year. The first DIDA season opened in November, and continued with performances by DIDA co-founder Justin Tornow’s Company at the Carrack Modern Art Gallery on December 13-14, when she premiered her work No. 13, The Weights.

READ THE REST HERE ON CVNC

The DIDA season continues this week with Tommy Noonan’s Brother Brother, also at the Carrack in downtown Durham, and will carry on in the new year with several more dance programs. Check out this refreshing development in Triangle dance.

Ronald West and Amy Blakely rehearsing THE WEIGHTS.  Jessica Blakely/Jessica Arden Photography.

Ronald West and Amy Blakely rehearsing THE WEIGHTS.
Jessica Blakely/Jessica Arden Photography.

 

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