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Suffragists, Sophocles, and Clones, Oh My!

There is an eclectic array of Triangle theater offerings streaming this weekend, from comedy to tragedy (and everything in between).

A Number – Starring two Triangle theater stage veterans, David Henderson and Jesse Gephart, Raleigh Little Theatre is presenting Caryl Churchill’s psychological thriller, A Number. “I can never help but feel like the shows that we are doing speak to the time that we are in,” Director Patrick Torres tells RDU on Stage. “This idea of cloning and science, that kind of sits over the play, but what the play really becomes about is this kind of living room drama about fathers and sons and how science and progress starts to impact [their] relationships.” A pre-recorded version of A Number is now available to stream from home via Broadway on Demand through March 13th. For more information visit https://raleighlittletheatre.org/shows/a-number/. Watch RDU on Stage’s full interview with Henderson and Torres about A Number here.

The River Speaks of Thirst – Music, dance, song, and drama illustrate the themes of North Carolina Poet Laureate Jacki Shelton Green’s work. Directed by Kristi V. Johnson and filmed in various locations around the Triangle, this film, produced by The Justice Theater Project, paints a moving, vivid, and poignant picture of the complexities of the African American experience. The film premieres this weekend and runs through the end of March, with watch parties scheduled for March 5th and March 14th. For ticket information visit: http://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/the-river-speaks-of-thirst. Watch RDU on Stage’s interview with Kristi V. Johnson here.

Antigone – Cody Clark presents Sophocles’ Antigone. Theater and film merge for a classic Greek tale of fate and family, exploring the cost of doing what is right and the lengths people go to see that justice is served. Watch along with the cast and crew during the film’s premiere Saturday morning, or stream at your own leisure on YouTube. For more information, visit the production’s Facebook Event Page.

Iphigenia in Splott – In 2018, Burning Coal Theatre’s production of Gary Owens’ play, Iphigenia in Splott, starring Chloe Oliver, received critical acclaim. A year later, the play ran at the Capitol Fringe Festival in Washington DC where it received a 5-star review from DC Metro Arts. A video of that production is available to stream for $5 through March 11th as part of Burning Coal Theatre’s Old Flames series. For more information visit the company’s website, http://burningcoal.org/.

A Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) – Theatre in the Park presents this boisterous jaunt through the ages from Molière to The Daily Show. Starring Patrick Whalen, Preston Campbell, and Ira David Wood IV, who also directs, this show runs through March 14th. For more information visit https://www.theatreinthepark.com/whats-on/the-complete-history-of-comedy-abridged.html.

The Suffragist Project: More Than a Sentence – The first installment of Odyssey Stage’s Suffragist series premiered earlier this week. Drawing upon transcriptions of Susan B. Anthony’s own words, John Paul Middlesworth’s audio drama More Than a Sentence moves from Anthony’s arrest in her Rochester home to her famous statement in court prior to sentencing. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or visit the website for more information at http://www.odysseystage.org/shows/the-suffragist-project/.

For a complete listing of Triangle theater events, visit the RDU on Stage Calendar. To submit your listing to RDU on Stage’s Calendar, email rduonstage[at]gmail.com.

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