2017-18 Season

Fall 2017 Productions

Bad Mothers & Neglectful Wives

A devised theater performance
Created and produced by Summer Sisters

Directed by Rachel Klem and Carissa White
Inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March and other women-led political movements from the past and present, Summer Sisters brings together local women artists to explore themes of dissent and change. more
Other Voices Presentation
September 7 – 16, 2017
Tickets on sale Wednesday August 9, 2017

Life Sucks.

by Aaron Posner
(sort of adapted from Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov)
Directed by Jeff Storer
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater
Life sucks. Or does it? A group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions – and with each other – in Posner’s hilarious and moving update of the Chekhov classic. more
Triangle Premiere: October 26 – Nov 11, 2017
Tickets on sale Wednesday September 20, 2017

A Trailer Park Christmas

Created by Jeffrey Moore and Rachel Klem
Produced by Rachel Klem
The epic Yuletide family-friendly Faulknerian farce returns for its 10th year, and for the first time at Manbites Dog! Set in West Durham, this interactive, holiday entertainment follows the Dodson/Hussy family as they grapple with crazy neighbors, ghosts, fruitcakes and a holiday tornado… more
Other Voices Presentation
December 7 – 16, 2017
Tickets on sale Monday November 13, 2017

Meemaw’s Holiday Holler

Hosted by Meemaw Hussy and her daughter Loraine
Your favorites from the Trailer Park Christmas crew will be competing in this one-time-only “open mic night” to see who walks back to their trailer with the holiday trophy… more
One show: Saturday December 9, 2017
Tickets on sale Monday November 13, 2017

Little Nemo

NOTE: This Other Voices presentation has been cancelled.
More information here.


Tickets for each show go on sale about four weeks before opening. See listings for specific ticket sales dates.

Season Flex Passes

The best theater bargain in town – ten passes for just $140. Flex Passes go on sale Wednesday August 9, 2017, for a limited time and in limited numbers. More information here.

2017-18 Season Producers:
David Ball and Susan C. Pochapsky, Dorrie Casey and Archie Purcell, Barbara Dickinson and Michel Tharp, Marybeth Dugan and Kenny Dalsheimer, Mig and Michael Hayes, Jane Holding, Thomas S. Kenan III, John Martin and Robert Anthony McVeigh, Michael O’Foghludha and Linda Daniel

Produced with season support from the Duke University Department of Theater Studies. Manbites Dog Theater’s 2017-2018 season is supported by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund, and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Spring 2018 Productions

The Miraculous and the Mundane

by Howard L. Craft
Directed by Joseph Megel
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater
Last year’s hit workshop presentation returns for its first full production. Members of an African American family in Durham find their lives turned upside down when the patriarch falls ill and ties of kinship start to fray. A major new work by the acclaimed Durham playwright. more

World Premiere: January 18 – February 3, 2018
Tickets on sale Monday December 11, 2017


The Moors

by Jen Silverman
Directed by Jules Odendahl-James
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater
A family quarrels. A governess arrives. A servant schemes. A hen falls from the sky. A hound hunts his prey. Join us for a tale of desire and intrigue, in a decidedly modern take on the Romantics’ dark and brooding landscapes. more

Triangle Premiere: February 22 – March 10, 2018
Tickets on sale Monday January 22, 2018

Bullcity Black Theater Festival

Produced by The Black Ops Theatre Company
Black Ops launches a new theater festival, bringing together playwrights, directors, choreographers, dramaturgs and actors from some of the Triangle’s premier Black theater groups. more
Other Voices Presentation
March 15 – 24, 2018
Tickets on sale Tuesday February 27, 2018

Wakey, Wakey

by Will Eno
Directed by Jeff Storer
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater
“We’re here to say goodbye.” Our 31st season concludes with one of America’s most remarkable playwrights, and a beautiful, funny, and moving meditation on the sorrow and joy we accumulate on life’s journey. more

Triangle Premiere: May 10-June 10, 2018
Tickets on sale Monday April 2, 2018

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