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"Thank you for holding up a mirror and asking us 'why you believe what you believe' and for discussing the script with us."  Audience member Rick Norwood

Company members with Davidson College students 

Playworks' projects often include the potential for additional education and marketing opportunities inspired by project content. The production of The Christians incorporated outreach with many faiths, and featured a diverse choir representing the broader community. The production of Lunch at the Piccadilly, and its intergenerational programs, encouraged a timely conversation about aging and caregiving. The education aspects of A Midsummer Night's Dream involved thousands of students in a live experience that promoted collaboration and enhanced arts and literature studies. The production of Open Season offered a work/study for theatre majors working with professional artists in all aspects of production.


Playworks seeks ways to find each project's relevance for artists and audiences.


Some of the 23 members of the community choir for "The Christians."
This unusual play with 5 actors also calls for an onstage church choir. 


"Being part of a diverse choir that depicts us all makes me proud. Hopefully those who see it will feel the same."
Lydia Diaz, choir member in the play "The Christians"


The choir onstage in "The Christians."


"Being a part of this production encourages us to examine what we believe, and why, on a much deeper level."
Daryl Brown, choir member



"The Christians" hosted TalkBacks after most performances
with actors and guest clergy participants. An unusually large
number of people stayed to talk about this compelling play.


"I was grateful for this play, and found that I have lived as almost every character!"

Bishop Tonyia Rawls, one of the 12 guest clergy members for "The Christians" TalkBacks


"GREAT play and very thought-provoking...I've seen it twice and every time I come away with something new."
Audience member John Simmons


"The actors, the director, and the audience all teach you. My job is to shut up and listen." 
Novelist/playwright Robert Inman, in an Observer feature talking about developing his play in the Thinking in Pictures new script festival



Cirque du Soleil's Karl Baumann trains students during 'Dream.' 
Playworks sponsored the project's education workshops.


"Thank you for providing students with the opportunity of Shakespeare as it was intended - on a stage with live actors."
Connie Rafferty, Bishop McGuinness High School


"Lunch at the Piccadilly" was also the catalyst for intergenerational programs.
'Heart to Heart' paired musicians with residents in retirement communities.

Post-show 'Piccadilly' talk with authors Clye Edgerton, Mike Craver, director and cast


"The TalkBack provided an amazing bonus. The musical and TalkBack sparked so many valuable conversations."
Nancy Culp

Author Clyde Edgerton signs books for the audience


"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever see a musical about assisted living. It's fun and real and sensitively presented. We often forget to look at our older loves ones as the heroes they really are. Well done!"
Andi Reese, performer, gerontologist, and Medicare counselsor


Private kickoff event at Aldersgate ccrc, production sponsor for "Lunch at the Piccadilly"


Aldersgate's Tim Rogers and Steve Umberger
talk with WBT's Kristen Miranda about 'Piccadilly.'

"
Aldersgate's sponsorship of Piccadilly transformed our presence in the region. It gave us great market distinction in a city with significant competition. Through our work with Playworks, we elevated our standing as a leading voice for elders."
Tim Rogers, Director of Mission Advancement, Aldersgate


Photos: productions of "The Christians" and "Lunch at the Piccadilly" at Booth Playhouse/Blumenthal Arts, and Aldersgate photo: Donna Bise; Production of 'Dream' with NC Shakespeare Festival photos: Nyghtfalcon; WBTV interview photo: Kathy Rowan; Group photo of "The Christians": Amanda Delgadillo


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