Dark Nights in Billtown

2015-2016 Dark Nights in Billtown
Two weekends of adventurous exploration

Existentialist Plays – November 6-8, 2015

No Exit
By Jean Paul Sartre. Translation by Paul Bowles.
Friday, November 6 at 8pm

The Bald Soprano
By Eugene Ionesco. Translation by Tina Howe.
Saturday, November 7 at 8pm

The Misunderstanding
By Albert Camus. Translation by Christopher Williams.
Sunday, November 8 at 2pm

What happens in those weeks between shows at the Williamston Theatre? Rehearsals begin. The next show’s set is loaded into the theatre space and the powerful lighting instruments aren’t in use, so we say that the theatre has “gone dark.” While work is ongoing inside the theatre, the spaces outside the theatre (lobby, green room, scene shop, etc.) are ideal for hearing plays out loud. Some are plays we’re considering for a full production in the future, others are plays that we find compelling but might not be the kind of work we would be able to fully produce.

This season we’ll focus on a pair of fascinating types of theatre! For the first weekend, on November 6-8, 2015, we’ll focus on existentialist plays. Plays that explore “the existentialist belief that we are absurd beings loose in a universe empty of real meaning.” Join us for staged readings of three intriguing plays, and lively discussion to follow! Get out your smartphone now and mark those November dates! To reserve a seat, call starting Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

The second weekend of staged readings will happen May 13-15, 2016, as we explore Protest Theatre.   Some incredible theatre has come from social activism – from artists and communities protesting the status quo. Join us for readings of three of these plays, followed by lively discussions about how the world was changed, and how our world can be changed! To reserve a seat, call starting Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Seating is limited to 25. Recommend donation of $10 at the door. Early reservations recommended.