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Third Date

Local favorites Third Date return to Common Ground with a unique improv show to close out the summer. For The Guy Show Third Date regulars Dan Sipp and J Chachula are joined by former members of Transactors Improv Company, Tim Johnston and Eric Singdahlsen, for two performances that explore friendship, careers, love and what it means to be a man in the world today.

“I’m really excited about this project, “says Sipp, who also directs the group. “The fact that it’s even happening is pretty amazing. Tim and Eric live in the Washington, DC area. They’re both taking a week off from their families and jobs to come down here. We’re going to rehearse together every day for a week, then do the shows. I’ve never tried anything like this, but I know it’s going to be a lot of fun. All of these guys are great friends of mine and very, very talented. It’s pretty much a dream project for me.”

After Saturday night’s performance there will be a talkback with the cast.

Friday and Saturday, Aug 22-23 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-general admission
Reservations/info: (919) 943-6373
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Summer Sisters 2014 Presents: Monster Camp: An Exploration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
in association with Common Ground Theatre

An Exploration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
This devised theatre piece looks at themes from the novel Frankenstein such as creation, culpability, loneliness, and, of course, monsters. Using text, music, dance and images, this experimental piece features local artists Nicola Bullock, Flynt Burton, Sylvia Freeman, Amanda Hahn, Carissa Johnson, Tamara Kissane, Rachel Klem, Dierdre Shipman, Laurie Siegel, and Amber Wood.

Summer Sisters is a devised theatre group that is gently lead by theatre veterans Tamara Kissane and Rachel Klem. Female artists meet weekly, during the summer, to explore themes and images generated by a mother text.
2013 was Summer Sisters’ first year and focused on the graphic novel Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me. The theatre community embraced the Summer Sisters’ work, and the production earned them “Best Choreography” in The Independent Weekly’s “Best of Triangle Theatre, 2013.”

Thur, Fri, Sat, August 28, 29, 30 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $15 (plus tax)-general admission
Reservations: (919) 384-7817
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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 Treehugger 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