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The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle

The Movement is a survey of the best and sometimes the worst of the African-American experience.

In this performance written, co-directed, and performed by EMMY-Award-winning actor Ron Jones, he plays a range of characters – both comedic and poignant – that will take the audience on a journey through the ever-changing face of the African-American experience. Supported by original and interactive video, stock historical footage, notable quotes and some of the most memorable music of the last two generations; Jones will weave the tapestry of struggle and triumph that made for the fastest cultural expansion of any group in American history and the effects it has had on our cultural self-perceptions even to this day.

Shows: May 15, 16 and 22, 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Price: $13- general admission
Reservations: (919) 384-7817
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One Song Productions presents CYRANO DE BERGERAC by EDMOND ROSTAND

Directed by Nicole Gabriel
Soldier and poet Cyrano de Bergerac (Ethan Fox) is in love with Roxane (Carla Troconis), but he’s too ashamed to admit it because of his big nose. When a cadet, Christian (Conor Mooney), falls for Roxane, he asks for Cyrano’s help in sharing his feelings. Cyrano writes love letters signed with Christian’s name, and Roxane doesn’t realize that it’s Cyrano’s words she falls for. She marries Christian, and Cyrano continues to keep the other man’s secret, even after tragedy strikes. Romance and comedy truly flourish in this performance displaying that the pen is, in fact, mightier than the sword.

Shows: Thurs-Sat, May 28-30 at 7:30
Price: Suggested donation is $8-10
Reservations: Email onesongreservations@gmail.com


Improv Percolator

The lineup for June’s Percolator is going to be The Students of Open Mind Improv (directed by J. Chachula), Awkward Silence, and Some Assembly.

Awkward Silence is a three person team with Ann Roy, Drew Gulino and Alan Goldstein performing Long Form Improv. We take the rules and toss them out the window.

Some Assembly is a duo act featuring Kate Harlow and Kit FitzSimons. We take one suggestion and show you all the unusual conference halls you might find yourself, the lectures you would hate to miss out on.

Show: Thursday, June 11 at 8:00 pm
Price: $12 (plus tax)
Reservations: (919) 384-7817
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PARCOURS, Imagined by Johanna Rose Burwell, Performed by JoRose

Parcours is a Multidimensional, Multimedia, Interactive Performance Art piece. It is quite literally the performance of a lifetime. It follows a spirit in human form as she discovers the world around her, rejects limitations and learns how to fly by finding her purpose. The story is about me, it’s about you. It is about all of us as the human race begins to wake up to our full potential. Revel in each scene as the Artist discovers, and plays with Operetta, Tap, Aerial Lyra, Spoken Word and African Dance. Be prepared to take part in a Rent Party where she will host a scene of 1920’s dancing and pass out vittles to the audience. Parcours will inspire you, it will warm you, it will delight you and most importantly Parcours will wake you. Join the rEvolution.

Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burwell

Johanna: Artist, Leader, rEvolutionary

Born at the end of an Age, Johanna Rose Burwell uses all of her gifts as a Neo-Renaissance Woman to Enlighten her community and share her Soulful Journey. Consistently dancing between artist and muse, Johanna’s influence can be found in the photography of Jazz Beitler. Her theatrical talents are featured frequently on stage in Los Angeles. Her Philosophies Across The World Wide Web. Johanna attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, North Carolina Central University and holds a BA in Dramatic Art from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of Theatre West in Los Angeles and Black Ops Theatre Company in Durham North Carolina.

Show: Friday, June 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Prices: $14-general, $12-student/senior
Reservations: email parcoursproduction@gmail.com

TAFFY (Transactors for Families) afternoon kids improv show

It’s hot outside; cool down with “Transactors Improv: For Families!” Family-friendly and based on your suggestions, this show is sure to tickle and delight audience members of all ages. Director Anoo Brod is joined in the cast by Bart Hubbard and Steve Scott.

Show: Saturday, June 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Prices: $10 general, $8 senior, $6 student/child
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Fatmouth Improv (evening)

FatMouth Improv presents “Stop It, You’re Killing Me!”. Join us for a night of improvised Who Done It? and other Improv fun. The fun and murder begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday, June 13th at the Common Ground Theatre.

Show features regular members Ann Roy, Cholena Erickson, Deborah Klinger, Alan Goldstein, Drew Gulino and Mary Capucilli.

Show: Saturday, June 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Price: $12-general admission
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PlayGround: A Theatre Cooperative and Common Ground Theatre present Two New One-Acts: Forensic and Harbor Hope

Two women
Two situations they might not escape
Two one-act plays
Harbor Hope written by Debra Kaufman, directed by Joshua Benjamin
Forensic written by Richard Krawiec, directed by Al Singer

What happens when shifting boundaries and confused ideas of intimacy, loyalty, and sexuality mix? Intense, energetic, alternately heartbreaking and humorous, two one-acts by North Carolina playwrights explore the lives of women trapped by their shortcomings, blind spots, and half-truths.

Forensic, a black comedy, portrays a woman, her lover, her adult son, and a forensics psychologist in a fraught emotional quadrangle. Conflicted loyalties and demands made by family and lovers overshadow a woman’s identity. Can dishonesty, fear, and betrayal lead to power and transcendence?

Harbor Hope explores the shadow side of “helping” when a young social worker tries to befriend her client, a working-class woman being abused by her husband. Pushing the boundaries between professional behavior and friendship, she soon finds herself in over her head.

Shows: June 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 pm
June 21, 28 @ 2:00 pm
Price: $15 general admission; $13 senior (65+), student, military (plus tax)
Reservations: (919) 384-7817
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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 presents a devised work by local theater artists. Gently led by Tamara Kissane and Rachel Klem


September 25
Transactors Improv Company

September 26
Third Date Improv


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

Fatmouth Improv (evening)

October 22-24
Strange Beauty Film Festival

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