The Justice Theater Project

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Art Inspiring Change
Since 2004, The Justice Theater Project has produced professional shows combined with discussion, outreach and advocacy. We receive State Arts Resources support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the N.C Department of Cultural Resources and supports exemplary arts organizations that set standards of excellence for the state that produce high quality arts progr

ams, provide educational and outreach opportunities for children and adults, and have strong leadership and management. Operating support each year is provided by the City of Raleigh based on recommendation of the Raleigh Arts Commission. Project support is provided by The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. Each summer we provide youth summer theater camps in Raleigh in Durham at the Emily K Center. All camps provide an extraordinary amount of scholarships for the students, and a fair wage for the professional and support staff. We encourage you to become a season subscriber,, volunteer to build a set, join a committee, audition for a show, and become a part. Internships for college students are available each semester.

Meet David! Get one of the last seats to see him during the Opening Weekend of 26 Pebbles at: https://www.thejusticethea...
04/14/2024

Meet David! Get one of the last seats to see him during the Opening Weekend of 26 Pebbles at: https://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/26-pebbles

David Akiva Klionsky (Rabbi Praver/Joe) is a native of Binghamton, NY. He recently appeared in The Justice Theater Project’s productions of All The Way and The Dead Man. David is happily retired after teaching elementary school for 21 years. His favorite roles include Max in Laughter On The 23RD Floor, Clerk/Erie in Hughie, and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing. He has narrated five books on Audible.com and is looking for his next project. Much love to Mara and Hazel.

Why did you want to be involved in this production?
>My own hometown of Binghamton NY was the scene of a terrible mass shooter event in 2009.

How many characters do you play in the show? What do you love about the characters you play?
>I play 2 characters with different ages and backgrounds, but they both have much in common...as they are both educators.

What do you believe is the most challenging aspect of being an actor?
>This play is particularly challenging, as we are all portraying real people who experienced a terrible trauma. We have an obligation to represent them truthfully and honestly.

Anything else you want to share about the show, character, insights, or thoughts?
>Tragedies like Sandy Hook and Binghamton can happen anywhere and to any one. We need to improve our mental health care and strengthen our gun laws.

Would you identify any actors in the industry as role models?
>The late Alan Arkin was an actor who brought his warmth and humanity to any role he played, whether it was comedy or drama.

And last, but certainly not least, meet Page! We opened last night to a wonderful house, and invite you to see Page and ...
04/13/2024

And last, but certainly not least, meet Page! We opened last night to a wonderful house, and invite you to see Page and her castmates later this weekend. Grab those tickets via the link in our bio!

Page Purgar (Jenn/Carla) was last seen on the Justice Theater Project stage in Men on Boats. Other credits include Fuddy Meers (TIP), Blithe Spirit (RLT), and Good People (Deep Dish). Love to Steve and Marleigh, and thank you to this incredible cast and crew for all the support.

Tonight is our panel for this show, “Being the Change: Ways to Get Involved and Make a Difference in Gun Policy”. Learn from Moms Demand Action, Boots On The Ground, and North Carolinians Against Gun Violence practical ways you can make a difference.
Buy tickets online: www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/26-pebbles

Meet Geraud! You can see him starting *TONIGHT* in our beautiful performance of 26 Pebbles. Join us and hear from direct...
04/12/2024

Meet Geraud! You can see him starting *TONIGHT* in our beautiful performance of 26 Pebbles. Join us and hear from director Brian Yandle by getting your tickets: https://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/26-pebbles

Why did you want to be involved in this production?
> This is an important story. It needs to be shared, especially with those who may not have paid attention enough.

How many characters do you play in the show? What do you love about the characters you play?
> 2. They are very different than one another. One is very sad and suffering from PTSD. The other is more nonchalant and matter-of-fact. I love that dichotomy

What do you think can make a role challenging, and how do you approach it?
> The PTSD aspect is difficult. Being a veteran, I have seen this firsthand. It can be difficult to share.

What do you believe is the most challenging aspect of being an actor?
> Taking on a major personality trait without taking IN those personality.

Anything else you want to share about the show, character, insights, or thoughts?
> I love the actors and the characters in this show. I look forward to watching how this all comes together.

Meet Stephanie! Starting TOMORROW you can check out her wonderful work on 26 Pebbles. Come join us for Opening Night on ...
04/11/2024

Meet Stephanie! Starting TOMORROW you can check out her wonderful work on 26 Pebbles. Come join us for Opening Night on Friday! https://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/26-pebbles

Stephanie Spohrer (Kat/Carrie) is a recent transplant from Seattle. She is excited to be working with The Justice Theater Project on this beautiful piece. Stephanie, born and raised in NY, received a BA in Theater Performance from SUNY New Paltz, NY. Favorite roles include Jen in The Cake, Dotty in Out of Sterno, Myrtle Mae Simmons in Harvey and Anne from Stranger on a Train. Stephanie has worked with CLIMB Theatre in Minnesota as an actor educator, performing interactive classes for children. She would like to thank Mike, as well as her family and friends, for their continued support.

Why did you want to be involved in this production?
> I believe this is an important piece that is relevant as ever and needs to be heard.

How many characters do you play in the show? What do you love about the characters you play?
>I play two characters in the show. I enjoy Kat because she embodies resilience. She is there to help whoever she can whenever they need it. Carrie is a loving mom who would do anything for her children and we get to see her navigate her own grief as well as the grief of her children.

How will you make each of your characters unique?
> Carrie will be more simple and vibes with me as a person. Kat will have a specific trait that you will have to see for yourself!

What do you think can make a role challenging, and how do you approach it?
> These are real people. We want to honor them and play them truthfully.

Anything else you want to share about the show, character, insights, or thoughts?
> This is a true ensemble piece where every single person is important. I think it will be a moving and thought provoking piece.

Meet Jerry!...though most of you already know him. 😉 Only two days before you can check out our Artistic Director knocki...
04/10/2024

Meet Jerry!...though most of you already know him. 😉 Only two days before you can check out our Artistic Director knocking it out of the park alongside these other artists in 26 Pebbles. Come join us for Opening Night on Friday! https://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/26-pebbles

Jerry Sipp (Bill/Father/Mike) serves as Artistic Director for The Justice Theater Project. Before becoming our A.D., Jerry was seen on our stage as Fagin in OLIVER!, Mitch Album in Tuesdays with Morrie, and LBJ in All The Way. Other favorite historical figures he has portrayed include John Wilkes Booth in The Actor and The Assassin, Shakespeare in Equivocation, and Robert Louis Stevenson in his original one-man show, Shadows. He has acted in over 100 plays spanning 38 U.S. states and Scotland. He has directed well over 100 shows and is an award-winning
playwright, having seen 10 of his original scripts produced. Jerry also served as Producing Artistic Director for Temple Theatre, The Playhouse Theatre, and Granville Little Theatre and co-founded Trio Productions, a professional touring
company.

Why did you want to be involved in this production?
>We cannot continue to allow the death and suffering to continue without working together to find a solution. I just can't sit by and do nothing while gun violence is the leading cause of death in American children and over 40,000 people die in the U.S. every year from guns.

How many characters do you play in the show? What do you love about the characters you play?
> These are real, everyday people. I've had the honor to portray many famous historical figures. But these folks aren't larger than life; they ARE life. Ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances.

How will you make each of your characters unique?
> The words in the script are the actual words spoken by these people when Eric Ullnoa interviewed them. Their unique "voices" give clues to who they are and how they dealt with this tragedy from their own perspectives.

What do you think can make a role challenging, and how do you approach it?>Sometimes it's challenging to play someone who is very different from yourself. Other times, it's even more challenging to portray someone who is very much like you, as it is hard to distinguish between yourself and the role. I work very hard to think the thoughts of the character and to make their physicality second nature.

What do you believe is the most challenging aspect of being an actor?
>The most challenging and most rewarding part of being an actor is that you must always be learning.

Would you identify any actors in the industry as role models?
> I admire our most versatile performers who can play a wide variety of roles believably.

Anything else you want to share about the show, character, insights, or thoughts?
>The show sounds like a downer, but in reality, it gives us hope to move forward and create a better, more peaceful country.

04/09/2024

26 PEBBLES opens Friday night with our traditional 6:30 pm "Meet the Director" reception on the beautiful outdoor deck. Show begins at 7:30 pm.

Saturday night 6:15 pm pre-show discussion “Being the Change: Ways to Get Involved and Make a Difference in Gun Policy”. Featuring Moms Demand Action, Boots On The Ground, and North Carolinians Against Gun Violence. Policy and approaches to create change in our community.

Meet Christine, another actor in 26 PEBBLES! Come see her starting this Friday, April 12th (when you can also Meet the D...
04/09/2024

Meet Christine, another actor in 26 PEBBLES! Come see her starting this Friday, April 12th (when you can also Meet the Director!). Learn more and get your tickets at: https://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/26-pebbles

Christine Rogers (Starr/Carole) is thrilled to be part of this production and to share this difficult but important story. Christine has performed with many theater groups in North Carolina and her native New York. Her most recent productions include You Wouldn’t Expect (Mary Tom Walker), Equus (Dora Strang), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Nurse Ratched), and Roe (Sarah Weddington). Some of her other favorite roles include Norma in Plaza Suite, Marjorie in Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Clairee and M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Woman in Veronica’s Room, Masha in Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, and Mrs. Levinson/Timmy in Divine Sister. Much love to her biggest fans, her hubby Stephen, her amazing daughter Anastasia, and all her dear friends who support her love for theater!

How many characters do you play in the show? What do you love about the characters you play?
> I play two very different characters. Carole is all business, she is the lady who gets things done. What I love about her is the love she has for her town and her family. She's the type of friend who would always have your back. Starr is quirky and has a big heart. What I love about her is her optimism and her compassion. She doesn't judge anyone.

What do you think can make a role challenging, and how do you approach it?
> It depends on the role. Sometimes it is working on accents or dialects. Sometimes it is finding the right emotional intensity. It is also finding the right beats and how you connect with your fellow actors to honor the script.

What do you believe is the most challenging aspect of being an actor?
> Authenticity is the most challenging aspect of being an actor. As an actor, I want to disappear in my characters. I want to take audiences on a journey and immerse them in the story. So I think the challenging part of that is being authentic and believable.

Anything else you want to share about the show, character, insights, or thoughts?
> This is a challenging script because we all know the horror of what happened at Sandy Hook but there is an important story being told beyond the tragedy. We all need community. We all need to find ways to connect and to lift each other up. I think that is the story that 26 Pebbles is trying to tell.

Would you identify any actors in the industry as role models?
> Well of course there is Meryl Streep. Such an incredible, versatile actor. Love her. There are a few recent performances that I've also greatly admired. I thought Annette Bening was terrific in Nyad and I absolutely loved Michelle Pfeiffer in The First Lady series on Showtime. She was magnificent as Betty Ford. It was such a beautiful, nuanced performance showing so many levels of Betty's struggles and triumphs. She was captivating. I couldn't take my eyes off her.

26 PEBBLES opens Friday! Meet the residents of Newtown, Connecticut. Their lives were changed forever in 2012 after the ...
04/08/2024

26 PEBBLES opens Friday!

Meet the residents of Newtown, Connecticut. Their lives were changed forever in 2012 after the devastating Sandy Hook Elementary shootings.

Fans of COME FROM AWAY will appreciate this show, giving you first person narratives from residents forever changed.

FRIDAY: Meet the Director Brian Yandle: Discussion on the beautiful deck at 6:30 pm and then enjoy the show at 7:30 pm.

Saturday has a 6:15 Pre-Show Panel Discussion: “Being the Change: Ways to Get Involved and Make a Difference in Gun Policy”. Featuring Moms Demand Action, Boots On The Ground, and North Carolinians Against Gun Violence. Policy and approaches to create change in our community. 7:30 pm performance.

Sunday Matinee at 3:30 pm is always popular.

https://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/26-pebbles

TEDDY BEARS GALORE!Thank you so much to everyone who donated teddy bears to The Justice Theater Project's production of ...
04/07/2024

TEDDY BEARS GALORE!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated teddy bears to The Justice Theater Project's production of 26 Pebbles! The show opens this Friday April 12th at 7:30pm.

To learn more about the show and to reserve your tickets, visit https://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/

04/07/2024

USHER SIGN-UPS FOR 26 PEBBLES

26 Pebbles opens this Friday on April 12th at The Justice Theater Project.

The production team is currently looking for ushers. Please review the visit the SignUpGenius to review available slots to sign up for. Usher with a friend and make a night out of it!

Thank you for supporting the The Justice Theater Project!

Meet Lindsay! She's another actor in our upcoming production of 26 PEBBLES. You can check her out starting April 12th (w...
04/06/2024

Meet Lindsay! She's another actor in our upcoming production of 26 PEBBLES. You can check her out starting April 12th (when you can also Meet the Director!). Learn more and get your tickets at: https://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/26-pebbles

Lindsay Gautier (Yolie/JeriAnn/Sally) is thrilled to be returning to the stage after a (too long) multi-year hiatus. She is a proud graduate of the Elon Musical Theatre BFA program and has had the privilege to tour with the shows Pinnochio and The Little Mermaid and, more locally, work with Theatre Raleigh and Cape Fear Regional Theatre in professional productions. Favorite productions she has been involved with include Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Phantom of the Opera, and Fiddler on the Roof. Lindsey is grateful for the continued support of her family, friends, and cats as she navigates the changes life has thrown her way and pursues a way to continue feeding her first passion: theater.

How will you make each of your characters unique?
> Each character to me has a different physicality that is borne out of different personalities. My characters will primarily be differentiated by the kind of posture and presence they exude, though I am playing with accents as additional options!

What do you think can make a role challenging, and how do you approach it?
> I think the most challenging roles are those that characters that you don't naturally relate to. Working to understand that character's point of view helps build a better understanding of that character, which in turn helps you portray them more truthfully.

What do you believe is the most challenging aspect of being an actor?
> Actors work on many different scales, and I think finding a way to work as an actor, whether it is your full-time job or you are trying to work it into your life in addition to a different full-time job is challenging in different ways. It certainly has been challenging for me to try to weave it back into my life after many years focusing on my full-time career! No matter how difficult, however, it will always be important to have a piece of this art form in my life.

Anything else you want to share about the show, character, insights, or thoughts?
> Events like this are hard to process but important to remember. It's not always comfortable to remember things like this but it is important because this reflection of our past helps us consider our future. My hope is that our audience comes away with renewed love for the people in their lives, those that are precious and those that are barely known, that they leave with a desire to better protect and better understand each person they encounter.

Meet J! Did you know that if you come see her on Opening Weekend, you can hear from director Brian Yandle (Meet the Dire...
04/05/2024

Meet J! Did you know that if you come see her on Opening Weekend, you can hear from director Brian Yandle (Meet the Director night on April 12th--with refreshments!) or hear from a panel of experts on the subject (Pre-show Panel on April 13th)?? Come join us!

Why did you want to be involved in this production?
> I have seen a few really quality shows by Justice over the last couple of years. I knew I wanted to work with them, so when I saw the audition posting, I read up on the show. It's incredibly tough subject matter, but important to keep in the conversation. I knew JTP would give it the respect it deserved, and I wanted to be a part of that.

How will you make each of your characters unique?
> I have an advantage in that vocally, they have to be unique. One of them is from Australia! Aside from that, in a show where you can’t rely on surface things like costumes to help out, you need to lean into physical differences. Posture, body language. Additionally, these characters aren’t the same emotionally, so you can show that by varying intensity, and the response to the action of the play. Vocal differences in pitch and cadence can help.

What do you think can make a role challenging, and how do you approach it?
> The greatest challenge is finding - and showing - the truth of the character. And the way I approach it just starts with the words in the script and not making assumptions. Then reacting honestly and in the moment with other characters.

Meet the Director of 26 PEBBLES, Brian Yandle.26 PEBBLES opens Friday, April 12th. Meet Brian on the beautiful outdoor d...
04/04/2024

Meet the Director of 26 PEBBLES, Brian Yandle.

26 PEBBLES opens Friday, April 12th. Meet Brian on the beautiful outdoor deck of the theater from 6:30 to 7:00 pm before the 7:30 pm show. Light refreshments will be served.

Eric Ulloa’s documentary drama chronicles the experiences of the parents and community members of Newtown and Sandy Hook.

In a series of monologues and short dialogues, they tell the story of their hometown: The experience of community events, the day of the shooting and their panic, the grief following the tragedy.

FROM THE DIRECTOR:

What drew you to the show?

I had the opportunity to portray a dynamic character in Jason Odell William’s play CHURCH & STATE a few years back; whereby that character was a Republican Senator who experienced gun violence (set in Raleigh) while at the boy’s funeral, he questioned his beliefs in God and guns. With direct support from the playwright and other passionate members of that production, I was immediately interested in 26 PEBBLES when Justice Theater announced its season.

Why now?

Because gun violence is now the leading cause of death of our CHILDREN in the U.S.

What's challenging about bringing this script/these events to life?

This isn’t fictional writing, nor is it traditional playwriting. These are interview transcripts of actual words from actual people in Newtown, CT. These are monologues or group interviews verbatim, so the challenge is to make the show interesting and cohesive.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?

What would surprise people about this show is that not a single character had a child at Sandy Hook. This is a story about the other people in the town and how the town evolves from tragedy.

How will this show/production impact the audience and our community?

I hope it will make them as angry as it made me and that their anger will turn into votes in November. I hope it will turn into advocacy for common-sense gun laws. I hope it will shake people out of ambivalence and be a catalyst for action.

What will the audience be thinking/talking about after the show?

They will think about the Triangle and our unprotected children; they will leave with questions about how they can help make a difference.

How will this production bring something new to this story?

I spoke to the playwright, and to his knowledge, there has never been a version of this play (and he’s seen 35 different versions) that is staged quite like what we are going to do. The audience will be seated within the town.

Anything else I didn't ask that you want to say?

Please support The Justice Theater Project, as its mission is unlike any of the other theaters in the area. JTP features arts with benefits that build stronger communities and is the perfect theater to produce this play.

What ages are appropriate to attend?

PG-13—It is not recommended at all for anyone 12 and under. I cannot stress enough that parental guidance is needed for anyone 13 and up.

04/02/2024

"26 Pebbles" Opens April 12th and runs for 3 weekends. Opening night "Meet the Director". Discussions. Panels. 9 performances.

A poignant and powerful play that delves into the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. These 26 lives, like pebbles cast into a pond, created ripples that reverberated far beyond the immediate community.

Check out Jerry constructing these miniatures for 26 Pebbles!Jerry Sipp, our Artistic Director, is not only an actor on ...
03/24/2024

Check out Jerry constructing these miniatures for 26 Pebbles!

Jerry Sipp, our Artistic Director, is not only an actor on this upcoming production--he's working on the set design too! Three jobs in one. 🤯

Get your tickets now to see the hard work he and all of our other artists are putting in to tell the story of grief, resilience, and hope in the town of Newtown, Connecticut.

(Psst 🤫 The miniatures in the show are based on actual buildings in the town--swipe to the end to see the inspiration!)

THE JUSTICE THEATER PROJECT ANNOUNCES MATARA HITCHCOCK AS OUR NEW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Join us in celebrating the first we...
03/22/2024

THE JUSTICE THEATER PROJECT ANNOUNCES MATARA HITCHCOCK AS OUR NEW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Join us in celebrating the first week of our new Executive Producer, Matara Hitchcock!

Hitchcock is currently the Playmakers Repertory Company & Events Manager in Chapel Hill, NC. Her career began in media, communications, and opera before she moved to roles like Lead House Manager, Production Manager, Communications & Outreach, Tour Manager, and Teaching Artist with other arts organizations in Colorado and the Triangle, and she was immediately involved in productions as an Actor, Director, and Stage Manager.

“This art form is at its strongest when it tells stories that have a heart beating inside of them, living stories that project the day-to-day experiences of our local communities onto the stage,” Hitchcock shared.” I am honored to take on this role at The Justice Theater Project, where we can produce this integral work and provide space for dialogue that precedes action. It's a challenging landscape for local theaters right now, and I'm eager to see how this drives us to re-engage with our community in new and meaningful ways.”

Hitchcock hit the ground running in the Triangle theatre scene, having worked with PlayMakers Repertory Company, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Vault Theatre, and Sweet Tea Shakespeare in artistic and administrative capacities since moving to the area in September 2022. While getting her MBA and MA in Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, she worked for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for four years. Hitchcock was a resident artist of the CU Playback Ensemble, which focused on creating space for dialogue amongst communities in conflict and directing workshop participants and audience members towards increased agency and avenues for active change. She is particularly passionate about creating sustainable labor systems for professional and semi-professional artists and excited to explore how data-driven innovation can make participating in the local theatre ecosystem more feasible for regional artists.

Hitchcock is respected for her ability to be flexible and inclusive. Lauren Sale, Producing Artistic Director at Vault Theatre, shared, “Matara and I worked together when she joined Vault Theatre’s first TYA tour. Her expertise was invaluable in creating a collaborative, sustainable production. I am excited for Matara and The Justice Theater Project. This position will be a fantastic partnership with Matara, who has a range of experience from performer to arts administrator. She understands the big picture and how to steward forward projects through collaboration and innovation. Her brilliant collaborations are with a people-first mindset, and her passion for sustainable theatre practices allows her to create brave spaces that value the artists in those spaces.”

Sean Gargan, Chair of The Justice Theater Project’s Board of Directors, said, “Matara is a theater professional with an MBA. This unique combination of skills will serve her well in the role of Executive Producer. I'm excited to see how she combines these elements to shape the next chapter of The Justice Theater Project. Please join me, the staff, and the Board of Directors in welcoming Matara as Executive Producer of The Justice Theater Project!

03/15/2024

Camps are filling up! Only 8 spots open in North Raleigh. Durham camp is full and currently has a wait list. Get your tickets for our April show, 26 PEBBLES.

03/05/2024

Free Theater at the NC Mu of Art in English and Spanish on Saturday, to highlight Women's History Month (adult content, registration required).

SUMMER CAMPS are almost full in Raleigh and are completely FULL in Durham! Don't delay in signing your camper up. COUNSELORS - it's time to apply for your 4-week summer job!

Rehearsals for April's 26 PEBBLES are in full swing.  Thousands of teddy bears were donated to the town of Sandy Hook in...
03/05/2024

Rehearsals for April's 26 PEBBLES are in full swing. Thousands of teddy bears were donated to the town of Sandy Hook in 2012 after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. The play features hundreds of teddy bears on set. Teddy bear donations are currently being accepted. Thank you.

Happy trails to the cast, crew, and production team of Skeleton Crew! Congratulations on an amazing run!
02/26/2024

Happy trails to the cast, crew, and production team of Skeleton Crew! Congratulations on an amazing run!

TONIGHT is your LAST CHANCE to see SKELETON CREW. (Sunday is sold out). SO... buy a ticket in advance or walk up by 7:10...
02/24/2024

TONIGHT is your LAST CHANCE to see SKELETON CREW. (Sunday is sold out).

SO... buy a ticket in advance or walk up by 7:10 pm buy at the door to save those online fees.

TICKETS: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/11658/umstead-park-united-church-of-christ

REVIEWS!!!!
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2. https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Triangle-Review--February-22--2024-Issue--Part-3--Jaye-Bullock-s-SKELETON-CREW-Review-.html?soid=1102365224669&aid=jGmWiMaCLBg

3. https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Triangle-Review--February-15--2024-Issue--Part-4--Kurt-Benrud-s-SKELETON-CREW-Review-.html?soid=1102365224669&aid=obbiiTwziBk

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8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh 27617. Umstead Park United Church of Christ.

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Help us with STRIKE on Sunday! 5:45 pm. The show SKELETON CREW is sold out that day, but you can attend Saturday night i...
02/23/2024

Help us with STRIKE on Sunday! 5:45 pm. The show SKELETON CREW is sold out that day, but you can attend Saturday night if you volunteer. Here's the sign up:

Hello, everyone - SKELETON CREW is coming to the end of its fantastic run! The reviews are in and the show is something else - so go and see it, AND volunteer to be a part of its final act. Next Sunday the 25th, after the final performance, we'll be breaking down and storing the set, lighting, and s...

02/22/2024

LAST WEEKEND to see SKELETON CREW~ Due to an etix glitch last week, we have open seats for Saturday night. WALK UP and buy a ticket by 7:10 pm to avoid online fees. SUNDAY IS SOLD OUT.

FINAL WEEKEND to catch SKELETON CREW. Sunday is SOLD OUT - Saturday night had an online ticketing glitch and has tons of...
02/20/2024

FINAL WEEKEND to catch SKELETON CREW. Sunday is SOLD OUT - Saturday night had an online ticketing glitch and has tons of seats!

Meet Camryn Sherer who plays Shanita, a young pregnant woman who is hardworking, disciplined, loves working at the plant, and speaks of the artistry and satisfaction she gets from putting the cars together to create memories for other people.

Shanita and her coworkers struggle with how to move on after the plant closes, and still be loyal to each other.

Why were you interested in being a part of The Justice Theater Project's production of SKELETON CREW? What drew you to the show?

What initially interested me in joining this production of Skeleton Crew was seeing the show on Broadway in 2022. I was enamored by the performance given by Phylicia Rashad and Chante' Adams; their roles were vulnerable, dimensional and so transformative that it left the actors almost unrecognizable. The show itself tells a story of 4 factory workers who have become more family then friends and take on each other's hardships as their own. As a person who grew up with a very small nuclear family, the crew's bond strongly resonated with me, as I have often created "family" out of people who were once strangers. The story gives power to the mundane and reflects many of the people we know in our own communities, which is what I always strive to do in my own art.

How did you get into acting?

I started acting when I was 7 years old and attended my first performing arts camp at North Carolina Central University in 2009. From there, I began to correlate the fun dance moves and songs we were learning in camp to the musical numbers in my favorite shows like "That so Raven" and "Camp Rock" and realized that it was what I wanted to do as a career. It's the one thing I've always come back to, always challenged me and has fueled my confidence.

How would you describe your character?

Shanita is a determined, hardworking young lady who is also nearing the end of her pregnancy. She takes pride in her work, as it offers her purpose and a connection to her father. I would describe her as a dreamer, who despite her current environment and condition, aspires for peace. She represents hope in an unclear future.

Without giving anything away, what's your favorite line of dialogue?

"Workin' in the industry is what I do. Uncertainty is always there. But it's the work I'm made of."

What's a surprise element about this show?

I think the most surprising thing about the show is how unfortunately relatable it is. People in the working class are still experiencing uncertainty about job security now, but this time the shift is more technological than industrial.

Anything else I didn't ask that you want to say?

Please come out and support the cast of Skeleton Crew!!!!

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Art Inspiring Change Since 2004, The Justice Theater Project has produced professional shows combined with discussion, outreach and advocacy. We receive State Arts Resources support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the N.C Department of Cultural Resources and supports exemplary arts organizations that set standards of excellence for the state that produce high quality arts programs, provide educational and outreach opportunities for children and adults, and have strong leadership and management. Operating support each year is provided by the City of Raleigh based on recommendation of the Raleigh Arts Commission. Project support is provided by The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Additional support by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. Each summer we provide youth summer theater camps in Raleigh and Durham. All camps provide an extraordinary amount of scholarships for the students, and a fair wage for the professional and support staff. We encourage you to become a season member, volunteer to build a set, join a committee, audition for a show, and become a part of the JTP family. Internships for college students are available each semester. Email [email protected]

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