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Common Ground Theatre BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Common Ground Theatre is turning 10 Years Old! We’re throwing a birthday party on Saturday, September 13th from 5-8 p.m. and want you to join us!

We appreciate so much all the art groups who use our space, and the audiences who support them. We want to be around for another ten years to continue providing a venue for local artists and we need your support to do it! Your financial support would make possible much-needed technical upgrades, paid staff, and increased services.

So we’re celebrating and we’re fundraising at the same time. Bring your friends, family, and checkbook, and join us on September 13th for cake, drinks, and entertainment from some of our favorite Common Ground Theatre groups.

RSVP to Executive Director Devra Thomas at devra@cgtheatre.com or (919) 384-7817!

Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading and Mayhem

After travelling the world as single acts, Chris Collins and Erik Dobell wanted to find out what would happen if they worked together for a special evening of magical mischief
Magical Comedian Chris Collins and Mentalist Erik Dobell have spent a combined 40+ years travelling from South Dakota to South Korea entertaining NFL football players and celebrities at private and public events. For their new project, they wondered what would happen if a Magician and a Mind Reader worked together as a duo? The result is the show Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading and Mayhem which will be playing at the Common Ground Theatre in Durham, NC. Chris came up with the idea with a specific goal in mind, “What we’ll be bringing to the stage is a show that literally has something for everybody. There’s comedy and drama, magic and mind reading and everything in between. Everyone will walk away with a favorite different part that they can tell their friends and family about.”

Friday, Sept 19 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-advance, $20-at door
More info at www.ImpossibilitiesShow.com website
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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.

The diner, one long room with booths and a counter with fixed stools, is clean but hasn’t been renovated since it opened its doors. The town may be small but Ray’s is a gateway to a larger world.

Transactors Improv serves up “Ray’s Diner,” a long-form spontaneous theater piece conceived and directed by company member Steven Warnock. Joining Warnock in the cast will be Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Jane Allen Wilson, and probably a surprise guest or two.

Saturday, Sept 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-general, $10-students
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Improv Percolator

Our third Improv Percolator! Enjoy the improv stylings of Fatmouth Improv, new group Tree Hugger Guild, and area troupes Diversity Training and All Play!

Thursday, Sept 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12 (plus tax)
Reservations: (919) 384-7817
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Third Date
Sept 26

Fatmouth Improv

Join us for an evening of improvised comedy with seating all around the stage. It’s Improv Comedy in 3D!! 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 27th, at the Common Ground Theatre.

Saturday, Sept 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12 (plus tax)
Info at Fatmouth Website
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MOJOAA Productions
Sept 28-Oct 11

Improv Percolator
Nov 6

Third Date
Nov 7

Fatmouth Improv
Nov 8

contract pending
Nov 13-15

Transactors Improv Company
Nov 22

contract pending
Dec 4-6

contract pending
Dec 11-21