Director, American Dance Festival
Picks: Red. (Sept. 19-Oct. 7 at PlayMakers Repertory Company, UNC; playmakersrep.org).
Because: In the play, American painter Mark Rothko takes us on a journey through his personal struggles of how to validate his work in both art and commerce worlds.
Producing artistic director, PlayMakers Repertory Company
Picks: Elsewhere, a CelloOpera (Oct. 11, Carolina Performing Arts, Memorial Hall, UNC).
Because: Im looking forward to this premiere by cellist Maya Beiser. Robert Woodruff, one of the countrys most provocative directors, is directing, and the piece sounds thrilling and beautiful.
Director, N.C. Museum of Art
Picks: Twenty Twenty(Sept. 28-29 at Center Stage, N.C. State University; ncsu.edu/centerstage).
Because: With fantastic new choreography, Nicholas Leichter and Bryan Strimpels Twenty Twenty should be a provocative, urbane experience.
William Henry Curry
Resident conductor, N.C. Symphony and music director of Durham Symphony
Picks: Souvenir (Oct. 3-14, Hot Summer Nights, Kennedy Theater, Progress Energy Center, Raleigh).
Because: The play is about the legendary would-be singer, Florence Foster Jenkins. Audiences laughed at her complete inability to carry a tune, but she was indomitable to the end.
Artistic Director, Carolina Ballet
Picks: War Horse (Oct. 2-7.at Durham Performing Arts Center; dpacnc.com).
Because: I saw it in London and was truly blown away. I thought it was one of the most innovative and imaginative theatrical experiences I had ever seen.
Correspondent Roy C. Dicks