Deep Dish Theater Company offers a look at new play development this weekend with a workshop production of Chicago-based playwright Joel Drake Johnsons A Queer Kiss, an exploration of parents dealing with the brutal bullying of their son. Audience comments are encouraged after each performance. University Mall, Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $12 ($50 for Saturday fundraiser). 919-968-1515; deepdishtheater.org.
- More information Other highlights: • Saturday: “The Parchman Hour,” a play by Mike Wiley about the 1961 Freedom Rides. Cary Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. $24-$26. 919-469-4069; townofcary.org.