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Common Ground Theatre Small Series presents Chamber Music by Arthur Kopit

This 1962 one-act features 8 famous women from history, together in the same mental hospital. Their business at hand is a preemptive strike on the men’s ward. Characters like Susan B. Anthony and Amelia Earhart struggle to find the right solution in this absurdist comedy.

With Drina Dunlap, Mary Guthrie, Shelby Hahn, Susannah Hough, Barbette Hunter, Allison McAlister, Sheryl Scott, Dierdre Shipman, & Dale Wolf

Directed by Rachel Klem, Assisted by Nicola Bullock

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French

Shows: April 17-18 and 23-25 at 8:00 pm
Pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, April 16
Price: $13-general admission
Reservations: Call (919) 384-7817
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Studio A Acting Company Spring Showcase

Intermediate and Advanced acting students showcase one acts as well as premiere a short film.

In the Master Acting Program students will become part of STUDIO A, a youth performing company that performs a full length play at the culmination of studies. More info on classes for all levels and all ages can be found on the website.

Show: Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 pm
Price: Free
For more information check out Movie Makers


Transactors Improv Company presents “On Line In Love”

Modern times call for modern measures—online dating. In this latest fully improvised show we explore this concept up close and personal.

Can you find love online? How do you package yourself in the best way? Are people being honest? Is there such a thing as online chemistry? And what happens when you finally meet in the real world?

Transactors Improv will have some fun with these questions in On Line In Love, an improvised show that follows a few lonely and hopeful hearts as they experience joys, tribulations, and possibly revelations. You’ll cringe as the characters have awkward dates, giggle during the goofy ones, and maybe even sigh at a romantic one.

On Line In Love may reveal that this modern mode of dating isn’t all that different from what came before, yet it has its own quirks. In the end, everyone wants to make a real connection and the journey can be as interesting as the destination!

The format for this new show was crafted by Anoo Brod and Bart Hubbard, who are both fascinated by dating stories, whether told by friends or on television like The Bachelor or Millionaire Matchmaker.

The cast for On Line In Love includes guests Shay Hall and Tamara Kissane, along with Anoo Brod and Bart Hubbard (co-directing), Greg Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans handles lighting and sound effects.

Show: Friday, May 1 at 8:00 pm
Price: $15-general, $10-student/senior
No Phone Reservations
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Third Date Improv

Third Date returns to Common Ground Theatre on the heels of their sold out show here in March. 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.

Here’s what audiences are saying about their recent performances at Common Ground:

“Moving, funny, real… I’m grateful for a truly human evening.”—Cornelia

“You will be amazed… I promise.”—Lee

“I INSIST that everyone goes to one of their performances…you’ll thank me…seriously!”—Matt

Show: Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 pm
Price: $12- general admission
Reservations: call 919-943-6373
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Yo, Mama!: A Multicultural, Multiform presentation on the many faces and facets of Motherhood

Just in time for Mother’s Day, a diverse local cast and story-tellers will take a poignant, funny, and emotional look at the many relationships we have with both sides of motherhood: being a child and being a parent. Produced by MOJOAA Performing Arts and Common Ground Theatre

Shows: Friday and Saturday, May 8-9 at 7:30 pm
Price: $16-general admission
Reservations: (919) 384-7817
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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


June 11
Improv Percolator

June 12
PARCOUR, performance art

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

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