Theater on TV & Shanghai on Stage

Duke’s Department of Theater Studies celebrates the work of its faculty on two theater events opening this weekend.

Now You See Me

by Neal Bell
Directed by Jody McAuliffe
March 17-26, 2011
World Premiere.

Claire has a significant relationship with her TV: she talks and it answers her. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, she auditions to participate in a network reality show so she can fight her Final Battle in front of millions of viewers. A dark comedy about life, love, death and television.

Thur-Sun Mar 17-20
Wed-Sat Mar 23-26
Shows at 8:15 p.m. except Sunday March 20 at 3:15 p.m.

Purchase online / Purchase by phone: 919.682.3343
• $17 Fri/Sat/Sun; $12 weeknights
• Students (with current i.d.): $5 in advance or at the door

Shanghai Stories, happens ONE NIGHT ONLY — Saturday March 19 @ 7:30pm in Sheafer Theater. Shanghai Stories presents staged reading of selections from seven different plays by Nick Yu (Yu Rongjun). It also marks the beginning of Yu’s six-week residency at Duke.

Yu is the most produced living playwright in mainland China and the Deputy General Manager (and longtime director of marketing and programming) for Shanghai’s only state-run theater company, the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre. He is the author of more than 30 plays and has won many prestigious awards. He is also the founder and director of a college theater festival in Shanghai, illustrating his commitment to young audiences and emerging playwrights.

Yu will be in residence at Duke to work with the students in Professor Claire Conceison’s course “The China Experiment.” The performance on March 19 will be followed by a reception in the Multicultural Center on the lower level of the Bryan Center. Yu’s residency will culminate with The China Experiment’s workshop production of his new play, Das Kapital, on April 26, also in Sheafer Theater. Both Shanghai Stories and Das Kapital performances are in English and free and open to the public.

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