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Improv Percolator

Join us for the first Improv Percolator of 2015!

Show: Thursday, January 22 at 8:00
Price: $12 + sales tax
Reservations: (919) 384-7817
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LGBT Center of Durham Benefit Show

Durham’s Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern has teamed up with
The LGBTQ Center of Durham to bring you:
SCRATCH ‘N’ SNIFF with Ron And Shirl.
We have pulled together some of Durham’s finest Queer performers and backed them up with allies to shake you out of 2014 and into your new years resolution. Don’t be shy, come down to help us lift the rafters! All Proceeds will benefit the New LGBTQ Center opening in 2015!

featuring the talents of Dale Wolf, Jeffrey Moore, Jessica Flemming, Rus Hames,Bart Matthews, Jeffrey Detwiler, Dana Marks, Emily Anderson, Erik Benson, Ilana Wolpert, Jim Dymond, Germain Choffart, Jenn Evans, Amber Wood,
Laine Staton and Vivica C. Coxx

Show: Friday, January 23 at 8:00 pm
Price: $20
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Third Date Improv

Third Date, Durham’s favorite new improv company, returns to Common Ground for their first show of 2015. 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 shows 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, January 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Price: $12-general admission
Reservations: 919-943-6373
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PlayGround Playwrights Roundtable
January 25

Tobacco Road Dance Productions presents
In Concert

Tobacco Road Dance Productions: In Concert is an exciting showcase of dance created by five local choreographers. A jury of established local dancers and writers selected the pieces for In Concert. The jury then functioned as an advisory panel, providing critical feedback to the choreographers as they refined their works throughout the season.

In Concert offers the Triangle dance-goer a diverse sample of local modern dance in a shared show, including a dance film set on an urban beach; a cheeky, cabaret-influenced duet; a rhythm exploration scored by salvaged-material instruments; an introspective solo co-performed with the audience; and zombie dance theater. The featured artists represent both emerging voices and established presences within the Triangle dance community.

Shows: January 30 & 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Price: $15-general admission

Reservations: (252) 619-1406
Website/Tickets: Tobacco Road Dance


HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments

HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments* a collection of monologues by African-American playwrights featuring a wide range of perspectives on being a black man in America in the 21st century. In light of the recent police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, among others, The New Black Fest commissioned 6 emerging black male playwrights to write 10-15 monologues that explore their feelings about the well-being of black men in a culture of institutional profiling.

Directed by Monet Marshall of MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments wilf feature Malcolm Evans, Kenny Lampkin, Chase Rivers, CJ Suitt, Justin Peoples and Marcus Zollicoffer, each performance will be followed by an opportunity for discussion with the creative team and a range of community leaders (religious, political, academic, artistic).

Shows: Thursday-Saturday, February 5-7 at 8:00 pm
Tickets: $8- general admission
Reservations: (919) 384-7817
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FatMouth Improv and PuppetHead Theater Family Show

FatMouth Improv and PuppetHead Theater present “Fairy Tale Puppet Theater”. This family-friendly show features fabulous stories, loopy improvisers and spectacular puppeteers (and their puppets) from Saxapahaw’s celebrated puppet company, Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

Show: Sunday, February 8 at 3:00 pm
Price: $6

Fatmouth Improv and Puppethead co-presentation

FatMouth Improv and PuppetHead Theater present a benefit performance for the Durham Crisis Response Center. The Durham Crisis Response Center works with the community to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, education, support and prevention.

Join a motley crew of improvisers and puppets for “The Friday the 13th Valentine’s Day Show” as we celebrate a rare convergence of improv, puppets, Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day. PuppetHead Theater features performers from Saxapahaw’s celebrated puppet company, Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

Show: Friday, February 13 at 8:00 pm
Price: $15

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TAFFY (Transactors for Families) afternoon improv show

Transactors Improv: For Families! presents “Be Mine—Or Else…”

It’s Valentine’s Day silliness for the families with kids in grades K-6! “Be Mine—Or Else…” is an improvised show based on audience suggestions. Like Bugs Bunny cartoons, it’s aimed at younger audiences but has lots to amuse grownups too.

The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steve Scott.

Show: Saturday, February 14 at 1:00 pm
Price: $10-adults, $8-seniors, $6-students
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Commonwealth Endeavors presents the double-bill Elevator & Contractions

Two short plays by Jess Sayer and Mike Bartlett.
Performed as a double bill in one evening.

From New Zealand: ELEVATOR: Three woman, three secrets, one broken elevator. Harper and Samantha have been friends forever. But now they’re stuck in an elevator with Samantha’s mother. The masks are up. The smiles are on. Everybody has a story and they’re sticking to it.

From the UK: CONTRACTIONS: An ink-black comedy about the boundaries between work and play. Emma’s been seeing Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her manager thinks she’s in breach of contract. The situation needs to be resolved. Is there humanity in Human Resources?

With J Evarts, Mary Guthrie, Amanda Hahn, Susannah Hough, and Laurel Ullman
Directed by Gregor McElvogue,
Designed by Andy Parks, Shelby Hahn, Adam Lindquist.

Shows: February 19-21, 26-28, Mar 5-7 at 8:00 pm
Feb 22 and Mar 1 at 3:00 pm
Prices: $15-general admission, $10-student/senior/military
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March 12-14
One Song Productions presents
Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle

March 19
Improv Percolator

March 20
Transactors Improv Company

March 21
Third Date Improv

March 26-April 4
Tiny Engine Theatre presents
Recall by Eliza Clark


April 11
Fatmouth Improv

April 26
Movie Makers Student Performance Showcase


May 1
Transactors Improv Company

May 2
Third Date Improv

May 7-23
Commonwealth Endeavors

May 28-30
One Song Productions


June 11
Improv Percolator

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 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


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 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