Joseph Haj departs
PlayMakers Repertory Company is losing its artistic director.
Joseph Haj, producing artistic director of UNC-Chapel Hill’s professional theater in residence since 2006, will begin a similar position at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minn., in July.
“Joe has shown great vision, creativity and leadership, taking our theater into international focus with his exemplary artistry and diverse, exciting programming choices,” said McKay Coble, interim head of UNC’s department of dramatic art, in an announcement.
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The search for a new artistic director dovetails with the company’s 40th anniversary in 2015-16.
A 1988 graduate of UNC’s master of fine arts professional actor training program, Haj has a long history in regional theater. At PlayMakers, he directed “Into the Woods,” “The Tempest,” “Metamorphoses” and “Cabaret,” among others. Under his leadership, PlayMakers established the PRC2 second-stage series and expanded community partnership and outreach.
Transport yourself to 17th century France at a concert Sunday by two Triangle-area chamber music groups.
Mallarmé Chamber Players HIP Players and the Choral Society of Durham’s Chamber Choir perform French baroque music at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Durham.
This is the fifth time since 2009 that the two groups have collaborated.
Mallarmé’s musicians will perform on instruments or replicas of instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries. The concert will include a continuo of cello, violone, harpsichord, baroque organ and a theorbo, a large lute.
Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door, $5 for students. First Presbyterian is at 305 E. Main St.
Info: 919-560-2788 or mallarmemusic.org
N.C. Opera stages Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata“ at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. March 1 at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh.
Jacqueline Echols is cast as Violetta, Mario Chang as Alfredo and Joo Won Kang as Germont. Timothy Myers conducts, and Candace Evans is stage director.
Memorial Auditorium is at 2 E. South St.
Info: 919-792-3850 or ncopera.org
As part of its ongoing exhibit “Medici Schmedici: Demystifying the Artist/Collector Bond,” Craven Allen Gallery in Durham hosts a panel discussion on Tuesday.
Panelists will be sculptor Thomas Sayre and collectors Alan and Marty Finkel. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at the gallery, 1106-1/2 Broad St.
The exhibit, on view through April 7, aims to encourage a new generation of arts supporters by exploring the relationship between nationally known artists and local collectors.
Info: 919-286-4837 or cravenallengallery.com
Raleigh Little Theatre
The lineup for Patrick Torres’ first season as artistic director of Raleigh Little Theatre is in place.
In addition to “Much Ado About Nothing,” which runs through March 1, the 2015-16 season includes:
For general audiences: “The Rivals,” Oct. 2-18; “Sweeney Todd,” Feb. 12-28, 2016; “The Glass Menagerie,” June 10-26, 2016.
For mature audiences: “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” Aug. 29-Sept. 13; “Stick Fly,” Jan. 15-31, 2016; and “Beer Town,” May 6-22, 2016.
For youth: “A Year with Frog and Toad,” Nov. 6-22; “Miss Nelson is Missing,” March 11-27, 2016; “Charlotte’s Web,” April 8-17, 2016.
For the holidays: “Cinderella Holiday,” Dec. 4-20.
For teens: “Runaways,” July 17-26.
Raleigh Little Theatre is at 301 Pogue St.
Info: 919-821-3111 or raleighlittletheatre.org
• March 1 is the deadline to register for “Paintings that Glow,” a three-day workshop with master painterGayle Levée
to be held at Cary Arts Center March 26-28. Cost is $400 for Cary residents, $430 for nonresidents.
Info: Call Jewel Kichak at 919-460-4972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• “Winners and Losers on the High Seas” is on tap Saturday at theN.C. Museum of Art
in Raleigh. The daylong seminar will add to your knowledge of the Dutch Golden Age with a focus on Jacob Duck’s painting “Guardroom Scene with Spoils of War” and a discussion of Giles Milton’s book “White Gold.” A themed lunch and dinner are included in the $125 price for museum members and $135 for nonmembers.
Info: 919-715-5923 or ncmuseumofart.org