PlayMakers "Wilder & Wilder" offers free performance at JM

SILER CITY, N.C. — PlayMakers Repertory Company offers a free performance of “Wilder & Wilder,” a medley of Thornton Wilder short plays, on October 17 at Jordan-Matthews High School.

The production is part of PlayMakers’ annual mobile tour designed to make outstanding theater accessible to communities throughout central North Carolina. This year’s three-week tour also includes stops in Fayetteville, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro and Fuquay-Varina.

The event begins with coffee and cookies at 3:30 p.m. and continues with the performance at 4 p.m. “Wilder & Wilder” runs about 90 minutes, with a 70-minute performance and 10 minutes of audience activities before and after the play.

Earlier in the day, PlayMakers actors will lead a closed workshop for JM actors that includes exercises focusing on physical movement, dramatic interpretation and scene performances.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for our students and for the entire community,” said Rose Pate, president of JMArts, which works with English teacher Ting Lam to bring the annual event to Siler City. “We appreciate the relationship we have developed with PlayMakers."

This is the fourth season PlayMakers has offered a free performance at the high school. Last fall, the professional theater company based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill captivated the audience with an innovative performance of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth."

More information about JMArts, including a schedule of arts events this season and how to become a member, is available online at JMArts.org.

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Actor Adam Poole, right, interacts with audience members during last fall’s performance of “Macbeth” in the Jordan-Matthews High School Media Center. PlayMakers Repertory Company returns on October 17 for a free performance of “Wilder & Wilder.” (Photo by Chip Pate)

Actor Adam Poole, right, interacts with audience members during last fall’s performance of “Macbeth” in the Jordan-Matthews High School Media Center. PlayMakers Repertory Company returns on October 17 for a free performance of “Wilder & Wilder.” (Photo by Chip Pate)