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Current & Upcoming Events

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There is no late seating for shows, unless otherwise indicated.


Common Wealth Endeavors presents the double-bill Elevator & Contractions

Two short plays by Jess Sayer and Mike Bartlett.
Performed as a double bill in one evening.

From New Zealand: ELEVATOR: Three woman, three secrets, one broken elevator. Harper and Samantha have been friends forever. But now they’re stuck in an elevator with Samantha’s mother. The masks are up. The smiles are on. Everybody has a story and they’re sticking to it.

From the UK: CONTRACTIONS: An ink-black comedy about the boundaries between work and play. Emma’s been seeing Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her manager thinks she’s in breach of contract. The situation needs to be resolved. Is there humanity in Human Resources?

With J Evarts, Mary Guthrie, Amanda Hahn, Susannah Hough, and Laurel Ullman
Directed by Gregor McElvogue,
Designed by Andy Parks, Shelby Hahn, Adam Lindquist.

Shows: February 19-21, 26-28, Mar 5-7 at 8:00 pm
Feb 22 and Mar 1 at 3:00 pm
Prices: $15-general admission, $10-student/senior/military
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One Song Productions presents Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle

Directed by Jones Bell and Rosie Kerwin, this dark comedy follows Lucy, a four-year-old girl in New Jersey, hilariously revealing how she views adult life. Her story is told through encounters with various troubled characters, primarily her imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade, who happens to be a problematic businessman.

Shows: March 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 pm
Price: $10 suggested donation
Reservations: email onesongreservations@gmail.com
More info: at One Song Productions website

Improv Percolator

3 improv groups, 1 night of theater.
IMPROV EVOLUTION: Students of Master Class will be showing off their scenework. They aim to entertain audiences with their commitment, characters and confidence!
Guest Group:
Danny Canoe (with original cast!):
Longform improv from Dan Sipp, Annie Zipper and Anoo Tree Brod. Danny Canoe shares a love of scenes that swing wildly from silliness to social commentary.

Show: Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 pm
Price: $12- general admission
Reservations: (919) 384-7817
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Transactors Improv Company presents Ray’s Diner

Ray’s Diner sits on a two-lane highway just outside a small southern town. A few years after the diner opened in 1972, an Interstate highway bypassed the town. Yet Ray’s persists, a haven for hungry souls: regulars and random passersby, truckers and drifters, businesspeople and families on vacation. You never know who’ll wander into Ray’s.

Transactors Improv serves up Ray’s Diner, a long-form spontaneous theater piece conceived by Steven Warnock. Bart Hubbard makes his directorial debut with the company. Joining Hubbard in the cast are Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, and guests.

Show: Friday, March 20 at 8:00 pm
Prices: $15- general admission, $10- student/senior
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Third Date Improv

Third Date returns to Common Ground with a show as fresh as the first day of spring. These four veteran actors will create a one-hour improvised show based on your suggestions. Their scenes are a comic and sometimes bittersweet exploration of relationships with partners, family, friends, and co-workers. They reflect the joys, surprises and everyday frustrations of life in our weird, wonderful world.

Third Date will be joined for this show by the awesome a Capella sounds of Durham’s own Seven Deadly Bibs.

Their last two shows at Common Ground Theatre have sold out. So don’t be surprised or frustrated. Get your tickets early!

Show: Saturday March 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Price: $12- general admission
Reservations: 919-943-6373
For more info: Check their Facebook page
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Tiny Engine Theatre presents Recall by Eliza Clark

Lucy makes people uncomfortable. There’s something about her eyes. There’s something about the way her mother’s boyfriends keep disappearing. And there’s something about the government agents on her trail. A chilling parable of family and fractured society, Recall explores our need to feel connected, understood and loved—no matter the damage, no matter the cost.

With Kirsten Ehlert, Natalie Izlar, Gerald Jones, Amanda Scherle, and Lazarus Simmons

Directed by Paul Sapp

Designed by John Paul Middlesworth and Paul Paliyenko

Original music by Chris Frain (soundcloud.com/lenn-cicada)

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.

Shows: March 26-28, April 1-4 at 8:00pm,
Matinee on March 29 at 2:00pm
Prices: $16 General Admission, $12 Senior/Student/Military
Reservations: call 919-578-1654
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For more information: www.tinyenginetheatre.com


Jeff Mandler, Musician: “Alive Again”

After a 3 year battle with brain cancer that forced him to step away from music, Jeff Mandler makes his return with his original music. He has special guests lined up and it should be an incedible night. Music will feature his two CDs – Today Not Tomorrow and Happy With Me.

Show: Friday, April 10 at 8:00 pm
Price: $10-general admission
Tickets: email jet1jet@aol.com

April 11
Fatmouth Improv

April 17-25
Common Ground Theatre Small Series presents Chamber Music by Arthur Kopit

April 26
Movie Makers Student Performance Showcase


May 1
Transactors Improv Company

May 2
Third Date Improv

May 7-23
Commonwealth Endeavors

May 28-30
One Song Productions


June 11
Improv Percolator

June 13
TAFFY (Transactors for Families) afternoon kids improv show

Fatmouth Improv (evening)

June 18-27
Playground and Common Ground Theatre co-production


July 6-11
Common Ground Theatre Summer Camp

July 11
The Bottom Line Burlesque & Comedy Troupe presents “The Cleanest Dirty Fun You Will Ever Have”, a fundraiser for The UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders

July 13-17
Girls Rock NC Summer Camp

July 18
Third Date Improv

July 23-Aug 1
Tiny Engine Theatre presents
5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood


August 3-7
Common Ground Theatre Summer Camp

August 20
Improv Percolator

August 22
Fatmouth Improv

August 27-29
Summer Sisters


September 25
Transactors Improv Company

September 26
Third Date Improv


October 3
TAFFY (Transactors for Families) afternoon kids improv show

Fatmouth Improv (evening)

October 8-17
Owl Tree Theatre for the People presents
THALIAFEST: Festival of NC Women Playwrights

October 29
Improv Percolator

October 30
Third Date Improv


November 6-21
Bare Theatre presents
Titus Andronicus by W. Shakespeare

November 28
Transactors Improv Company


December 3-5
One Song Productions