Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Get out the vote!

Please forgive us as we indulge in shameless self-promotion for a moment...

It's time for the Independent Weekly's "Best of the Triangle" Awards! There are two categories in particular that we'd like to direct you towards: "Best Live Theater Venue" and "Best Live Theater Company." We're both!

The Triangle has some great theater so we understand it could be a tricky decision, but we hope you'll vote for PlayMakers! To help you decide, why don't you take a little look back at our 2010/11 MainStage season with us...

As You Like It
by William Shakespeare

"Bubbling with wit, heart and sass"
- Classical Voice of North Carolina

by August Wilson

"Poignant spectacle not to be missed"
- The Daily Tar Heel

An Entertainment
by David Margulies

"In short, it's magic!"
- Triangle Arts & Entertainment

Angels in America
by Tony Kushner

"A play everyone should see... brilliant and riveting"
- The News & Observer

Not bad, right?

Ready to vote? Click here to head over to to cast your vote now!

Photos by Jon Gardiner.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chairs in Heaven

Where do angels sit? Set designer Narelle Sissons was responsible for answering that question for Angels in America, and what she came up with is pretty cool.

Narelle's research for this piece began with the idea of a winged chair...

...which became more specific with a detailed look for the wings...

...then the final piece was crafted by our (incredibly talented) props artisans...

...and it looks great!

Here is another of the chairs on stage during one of the final scenes of the play. Where are they, you ask? I guess you'll just have to come see Part 2 to find out!

Monday, February 7, 2011


So what do you think? Does it make you want to come see the show?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sketching out a costume design

With Angels in America in previews this week, now's a great time to take a closer look at the extensive preparation put into this epic two-part production. Let's start with the costumes!

Check out these early research boards that Costume Designer Jan Chambers created for the character of Belize, played by actor Avery Glymph. Each frame includes a selection of images pulled to give an idea of style and color, plus a hand sketch that brings it all together.

You can explore all of Jan Chambers' research images and sketches for Angels in America on her Flickr page here. And, now that performances have started, you can see it all put together on stage!