2016-17 Season

Fall 2016 Productions

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney

by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Joseph Megel
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater
in association with StreetSigns

From visionary playwright Lucas Hnath, a darkly hilarious – and oddly resonant – theme park ride into the head of a crazed 20th century artist, businessman, and raging narcissist.

Triangle Premiere: Sept 16-Oct 1, 2016
Tickets on sale Monday August 15, 2016

The Trump Card

Staged Reading
Adapted from the monologue by Mike Daisey

Performed by Carl Martin
Directed by Jeff Storer
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater

Bully, billionaire, slumlord, super classy developer, world-class narcissist, Presidential candidate – he’s the man you only think you understand. From master storyteller and monologist Mike Daisey comes a unique, wildly entertaining, and ultimately chilling take on Donald J. Trump.

Various nights TBA: early October-November 7
Tickets on sale Wednesday September 7, 2016

The Open House

by Will Eno
Directed by Jeff Storer
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater

A hilariously dysfunctional suburban family, trapped in mutual animosity, finds its reality slowly shifting towards something haunting and mysterious.


Triangle Premiere: Oct 27-Nov 12, 2016
Tickets on sale Monday September 26, 2016

The Typographer’s Dream

by Adam Bock
Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater
in association with Black Ops Theatre

If you are what you do – what happens when you hate your job? A witty comedy that draws us into the lives of three people – a cartographer, a typographer, and a stenographer – charting the thin line between profession and self.

Triangle Premiere: December 1-17, 2016
Tickets on sale Monday October 31, 2016

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

Spring 2017 Productions


by Sarah Ruhl
Produced by The Delta Boys

An Elizabethan man becomes a favorite of the Queen, and wakes up one day to find he has become a woman, in this adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic time/gender-bending novel

January 12-28, 2017
Tickets on sale December 12, 2016

Bright Half Life

by Tanya Barfield
Directed by Jules Odendahl-James
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater

Does true love last forever – or do all relationships have a half life? Falling in love means taking a leap from a great height. Bring your parachute.

Triangle Premiere: February 16-March 4, 2017
Tickets on sale January 16, 2017

The Miraculous and the Mundane

by Howard L. Craft
Workshop Production
Directed by Joseph Megel
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater
in association with StreetSigns

Members of an African-American family in Durham find their lives turned upside down when the father becomes ill. A major new play by the author of Freight.

March 23-April 1, 2017
Tickets on sale February 22, 2017

Marjorie Prime

by Jordan Harrison
Directed by Jeff Storer
Produced by Manbites Dog Theater
In the near future, 85-year old Marjorie, her mind fading, experiences companionship from an artificial intelligence modeled on her late husband. (…more)

April 27-May 13, 2017
Tickets on sale March 29, 2017

Even More

Hush Hush

Mettlesome presents late-night laughs and true revelations as each show one special guest shares a secret they never thought they’d say out loud. First show: Friday September 30 at 10:00 p.m. No advance sale. Special Guest: TBA

Watch for more special events to be announced during the season.

Season Flex Passes

The best theater bargain in town – ten passes for just $140. Flex Passes go on sale Wednesday August 10, for a limited time and in limited numbers. Please check back then for a purchase link.

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