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May

Friday, May 20
8pm

Bull City Blues

WELCOME TO BULL CITY PD!
The streets of New West Durham run a thin line between good and bad, right and wrong, strange and hilarious. From Common Ground Theatre comes a brand new serial improv show taking a bite out of police procedurals.

Bull City Blues, directed by Rachel Klem, follows the officers of the BCPD as they do battle with Durham’s villainous underworld. The series is scheduled to run for 5 episodes, taking the genre of long form improv to the extreme. Follow our exciting cast of talented improvisers as they fight to keep Durham a safe place to laugh in peace.

Featuring: Anoo Brod, Brian Dukes, Juliet Kaplan, Carol Machuca, Brian Thacker, Jeffrey Moore, Shelby Hahn and Rachel Klem.

Friday, May 20, 8pm
Tickets – $12 (plus tax)

Saturday, May 21
8pm

FatMouth Improv presents: Help, We Gotta Pee!

Are you sick and tired of being told which bathroom you can use? Our May 21st show is a benefit for The Human Rights Campaign supporting their efforts to overturn North Carolina bill HB2. Join us for an evening of improv based on true stories where the audience gives us a topic and we share shameful stories from our sordid pasts. Opening for FatMouth will be the Triangle’s premier cabaret singer Ellen Ciompi and pianist Glenn Mehrbach.

Saturday, May 21 at 8pm
Tickets – $12 general

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May 26-28

One Song Productions presents

Stop Kiss

Reserve Tickets @ 1songproductions.org

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June

Friday, June 3
8pm

Bull City Blues

WELCOME TO BULL CITY PD!
The streets of New West Durham run a thin line between good and bad, right and wrong, strange and hilarious. From Common Ground Theatre comes a brand new serial improv show taking a bite out of police procedurals.

Bull City Blues, directed by Rachel Klem, follows the officers of the BCPD as they do battle with Durham’s villainous underworld. The series is scheduled to run for 5 episodes, taking the genre of long form improv to the extreme. Follow our exciting cast of talented improvisers as they fight to keep Durham a safe place to laugh in peace.

Featuring: Anoo Brod, Brian Dukes, Juliet Kaplan, Carol Machuca, Brian Thacker, Jeffrey Moore, Shelby Hahn and Rachel Klem.

Friday, June 3, 8pm
Tickets – $12 (plus tax)

Saturday, June 4
8pm

Third Date Improv

Third Date returns to Common Ground Theatre for their first show of the summer. The four person cast (J, Nancy, Jenny and Dan) will create an hour long improvised piece based on one suggestion. Third Date shows are a comic and sometimes bittersweet exploration of relationships with friends, family, partners and coworkers. They reflect the joys, surprises and everyday frustrations of life in our weird, wonderful world.

Local chanteuse Ellen Ciompi will open the show with a set of cabaret-style tunes. Ms. Ciompi has a repertoire which transcends “boundaries” and embraces jazz, standards, traditional tunes, and even the occasional foray into classical songs.
She’s been singing all her life, and creating and presenting cabaret performances with her pianist/music director Glenn Mehrbach since 2002.

Saturday, June 3 8pm
Tickets $12

For reservations call 919-943-6373

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Third Date cast photo (L-R): J Chachula, Jenny Spencer, Dan Sipp and Nancy Pekar
Photo credit: Jonathan Drake

June 10-25

Tiny Engine Theatre presents

Cloud 9

From the pioneering playwright ofTop Girls and Love and Information, comes a time-and-gender-bending comedy about identity politics and sexual liberation.

British colonial Africa, 1880. Clive rules over his corner of the Empire with benevolent bigotry. But the tribes are growing restless. So too is Clive’s family, as sexual longing threatens to torch the standards of acceptable society. Jump ahead to 1979. The family has returned to London, having aged only twenty-five years. Sexual boundaries have vanished. So why is everyone so unsatisfied?

Tiny Engine Theatre Company is proud to present this biting satire of love and conquest. Directed by Paul Sapp. Featuring: Noelle Barnard Azarello, Christopher Bynum, Joshua Henderson, John Paul Middlesworth, Nick Popio, Denver Skye, and Laurel Ullman.

June 10-25th
General Admission $17
Student/Senior/Military $12
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Thursday, June 30
8pm

Improv Percolator!