2019-20 Grant Recipients


The following theater makers have received Manbites Dog Theater Fund grants for projects during the 2019-20 season.

Bartlett TheaterThe Norman Conquests – a site-specific and immersive repertory production of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedic trilogy, presented at Eno River State Park.

Torry Bend: Dreaming – an original work, using puppetry, overhead projection, and toy theater, that examines Winsor McCay’s early 20th century comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland.

The Bipeds Dance Theatre Company: Bury the Light – Artistic directors Stacy Wolfson and Curtis Eller will guide the creation of an original multidisciplinary work about death, seen from a variety of cultural rituals and personal experiences.

Ian Bowater and Paul Dubliner: Paul and Ian’s One-Man Show – An evening of original improvised theater, performed in various alternative venues and cabaret spaces in the Triangle.

Bulldog Ensemble Theater: Orange Light – a new play by Triangle playwright Howard Craft (based on the 1991 Imperial Foods processing plant fire in Hamlet, North Carolina, that took the lives of 25 workers) about how a community deals with tragedy.

Burning Coal Theatre Company: The Container – area premiere of Clare Bayley’s site-specific work telling the stories of five immigrants fleeing their homes in search of a better future, featuring a lecture/talkback series during the run.

Ren Cleveland: 221-B Baker Street, Reimagined – a new adaptation of the A. Conan Doyle stories, set in the present day with a female Holmes and Watson, exploring the challenges faced by women in the Victorian Age which still continue today.

Delta Boys Theater Company: Year of the Monkey –  a new company-created work exploring the question of what true liberation looks like, and how it can be achieved.

The Durham Savoyards: Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride – a new staging of the Gilbert and Sullivan work, last done by the company in 2006.

 • Forest Moon Theater: Steel Magnolias – the Wake Forest community theater presents Robert Harling’s 1987 play about the bonds among the women of a small Southern town.

Full Nelson Theater: Carolyn Adams – a new play by Triangle playwright Mark Cornell about a young woman with a mysterious connection to a woman who died 50 years ago.

Yvette Holder: Sips & Scripts – a staged reading series showcasing new works by North Carolina playwrights. 

JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell: Single Black Female – area premiere of a two-woman show  that uses rapid-fire comic vignettes to explore the lives of thirty-something African American women.

Honest Pint Theatre Company: Bomb-itty of Errors – area premiere of a hip hop retelling of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.

JoRose (Johanna Rose Burwell): ConscioUs Culture – an original movement/modern dance/yoga based theater piece, with audience participation.

Debra Kaufman: Illuminated Dresses – a new work about transformation, featuring fourteen monologues by women playwrights.

Soapbox Audio Collective/Tamara Kissane: The New Colossus Audio Drama – A podcast version of Kissane’s original adaptation of The Seagull, set in the age of social media.

MOJOAA Performing Arts Company: Smoked – world premiere of a new play by Thomas Brazzle, set in an Austin, Texas barbecue joint, that explores themes of family, elders, ancestry, and gentrification.

OdysseyStage: Suffragist Project – an original immersive work celebrating and exploring the struggle for women’s rights, staged during the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Michele Okoh: Show TBA.

Pittsboro Youth Theater/Social Justice Theater of the Carolinas: columbinus – local touring production of the play about high school alienation, hostility, and social pressure as manifested in the 1999 Columbine school shootings.

Rebecca Fox & Rebecca Jackson-Artis: The Rebecca Show: What If I’m the Becky – remounting of the two-person show about how to be a boat-rocking “Rebecca” when confronted with today’s political climate. 

See Saw Projects: Prison Theatre Workshops – a series of devised theater workshops at Wake Corrections Center, involving inmates with script development, rehearsals, and showing of an original work, as part of WCC’s offender reentry program.

Solace Theatre: Memoriam: An Adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – an original musical reimagining of the classic horror tale, exploring themes of spiritual warfare and grief over the loss of loved ones.

Women’s Theatre Festival: Waters Rise – world premiere of a new play by Justine Wiesinger, a satirical near-future look at people attempting to cope with environmental disaster.