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Big Dawg Productions

Big Dawg Productions Non-profit theater performing captivating shows in Wilmington, NC!

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FLEX PASSES Are Back!Do you love community theater and want to support Big Dawg Productions? Our FLEX PASS is ideal gift...
12/18/2022

FLEX PASSES Are Back!
Do you love community theater and want to support Big Dawg Productions? Our FLEX PASS is ideal gift for the theater lover, and will save you a few dollars as well. Here’s how it works: For one price you get 6 or 12 vouchers in your name with the Thalian Hall Box Office to be used for any of Big Dawg plays in our 2023 Season. Use your FLEX vouchers any way you please, use them for 2 vouchers for 3 shows, one voucher for every show, it’s FLEXible!
Buy Your FLEX PASS Here: https://www.bigdawgproductions.org/store

Come get your air guitar on and support Big Dawg! January 14th at Reggies 42nd Street TavernTickets 👉 https://rb.gy/yvrw...
12/17/2022

Come get your air guitar on and support Big Dawg! January 14th at Reggies 42nd Street Tavern
Tickets 👉 https://rb.gy/yvrw24

Hamlet is a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the titular character, it sends her into an existential...
12/16/2022

Hamlet is a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the titular character, it sends her into an existential tailspin. It doesn't help that her acting coach is borderline abusive, or that every Starbucks barista with an MFA tells her she's too young for the role. Or that she's somehow managed to make Sir Patrick Stewart her nemesis. Or that she's a woman. How can Jessica figure out "to be or not to be," when she can't even figure out herself? Featuring an all-female cast performing multiple roles.

March 30th - April 9th
Thu – Sat 7:30 pm
Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm

AIRNESS is an epic comedy about building community and finding your inner rock star.February 9-19Thu – Sat 7:30 pmSunday...
12/16/2022

AIRNESS is an epic comedy about building community and finding your inner rock star.

February 9-19
Thu – Sat 7:30 pm
Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm

“Straight out, it’s the most fun I have had at the theater all year”
(Talkin’ Broadway)
Winner of the American Theatre Critics’ New Play Award

12/10/2022
Big Dawg Productions

You know you can rock an air guitar, but do you have the most important thing… THE AIRNESS?! Join us at Reggies 42nd Street Tavern on January 14 at 7pm for the Airness Competition/Fundraiser and find out!
Sign up to compete, or get a ticket, and help support Big Dawg! 👇👇👇
https://www.bigdawgproductions.org

Non-profit theater performing captivating shows in Wilmington, NC!

Catch Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. Opening this weekend in the Ruth & Bucky Stein Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall Cent...
12/06/2022

Catch Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. Opening this weekend in the Ruth & Bucky Stein Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Tickets👇
https://www.thalianhall.org/bdp-marley-22

Big Dawg Productions would like to thank everyone who auditioned for AIRNESS! The amount of talent and enthusiasm everyo...
11/22/2022

Big Dawg Productions would like to thank everyone who auditioned for AIRNESS! The amount of talent and enthusiasm everyone brought to the table was astounding! Sadly, we could not cast EVERYONE. We hope to see you All at future auditions!

Congratulations to the cast of AIRNESS, directed by Jace Carlyle Berry and running Feb. 9-12 and 16-19 of 2023!

Nina: Bianca Shaw
Shreddy Eddy: Josh Bailey
Golden Thunder: Chad Hsu
Facebender: Anthony David Lawson
Cannibal Queen: Ashley Flowers
D Vicious: Atwood MacMullin Boyd
Announcer/Sprite Exec/Hood Figure: Meredyth Albright

11/20/2022

What a fantastic turn out for AIRNESS auditions! Everyone who came absolutely SLAYED their guitar performances! Faces were melted! We'll be announcing the cast in the next couple of days. Thanks to All who auditioned!

Big Dawg Productions is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for the first show of our 2023 season!Auditions for AIRNE...
11/14/2022

Big Dawg Productions is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for the first show of our 2023 season!

Auditions for AIRNESS, a Comedy with Music, by Chelsea Marcantel, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19th and Sunday Nov. 20th, from 1 to 4 pm, at Big Dawg’s new facility at 432 Landmark Dr., Suite 1, Wilmington NC 28412.

The production will be directed by Jace Carlyle Berry.

ALL races and gender identities are encouraged to audition regardless of stage experience!

All Actors will be performing at least Two Air Guitar routines. “Real” guitar experience NOT needed.

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script AND at least two Air Guitar routines.

Please follow this link in order to download the tracks for auditions: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v19ap2esjqyrp23/AABS4p8OE2m_HBbJk6L4rKFVa?dl=0

Everyone will be asked to perform to Track 01 and one other Track of their choice from the list. Each file is about 60 seconds long.

You will be asked to lyp synch as part of your routine.

A free online version of the script can be found at: https://www.playscripts.com/play/3155#searchterm=airness

Examples of Air Guitar routines can be found at these links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbZc70afngg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGwgsK_cp50
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WY8q6_vRD8&t=43s

Description of the show:
When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite songs, and performing with raw joy. Will Nina be able to let go and set herself free onstage? Following her mission to shred or be shredded, Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us. A comedy about community, competition, completion, and finding the airness inside yourself.

Roles Available:
Ed “Shreddy Eddy” Leary: Male, 20s to 30s-Any Race
Gabe “Golden Thunder” Partridge: Male, 20s to 30s-Black
Mark “Facebender” Lender: Male, 30s to 40s-White
Astrid “Cannibal Queen” Anderson: Female,20s to 30s: Any Race
Nina “The Nina” O’Neal: Female,20s to 30s: Black
David “D Vicious” Cooper: Male, 20s to 30s: Any Race
Announcer/Sprite Exec/Hooded Figure— These parts are played by
the same actor; sometimes their voice may be heard, without the
actor being onstage: 20s to 50s: Any Race, Any Gender Identity

Background info on Competitive Air Guitar can be found at this link: https://www.usairguitar.com/rules

AIRNESS will run at Thalian Hall’s Ruth& Bucky Stein Studio Theater, 310 Chestnut St., Wilmington NC.

Performance dates are Feb. 9-12 and 16-19. Sunday performances are at 3 pm, all others at 7:30 pm.

For further info or questions, contact Steve Vernon, Artistic Director, at: [email protected]

Big Dawg Productions is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for the first show of our 2023 season!Auditions for AIRNE...
10/24/2022

Big Dawg Productions is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for the first show of our 2023 season!

Auditions for AIRNESS, a Comedy with Music, by Chelsea Marcantel, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19th and Sunday Nov. 20th, from 1 to 4 pm, at Big Dawg’s new facility at 432 Landmark Dr., Suite 1, Wilmington NC 28412.

The production will be directed by Jace Carlyle Berry.

AIRNESS will run at Thalian Hall’s Ruth& Bucky Stein Studio Theater, 310 Chestnut St., Wilmington NC.

Performance dates are Feb. 9-12 and 16-19. Sunday performances are at 3 pm, all others at 7:30 pm.

Actors from 18 to 60, of any race or gender identity or level of experience (in either acting or air-guitaring) are encouraged to audition.

Description of the show:
When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite songs, and performing with raw joy. Will Nina be able to let go and set herself free onstage? Following her mission to shred or be shredded, Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us. A comedy about competition, completion, and finding the airness inside yourself.

All Actors will be performing at least Two Air Guitar routines. “Real” guitar experience not needed.

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script AND at least one Air Guitar routine (music tracks will be provided).

A free online version of the script can be found at: https://www.playscripts.com/play/3155#searchterm=airness

Roles Available:
Ed “Shreddy Eddy” Leary: Male, 20s to 30s-Any Race
Gabe “Golden Thunder” Partridge: Male, 20s to 30s-Black
Mark “Facebender” Lender: Male, 30s to 40s-White
Astrid “Cannibal Queen” Anderson: Female, 20s to 30s: Any Race
Nina “The Nina” O’Neal: Female, 20s to 30s: Black
David “D Vicious” Cooper: Male, 20s to 30s: Any Race
Announcer/Sprite Exec/Hooded Figure— These parts are played by
the same actor; sometimes their voice may be heard, without the
actor being onstage: 20s to 50s: Any Race, Any Gender Identity

Background info on Competitive Air Guitar can be found at this link: https://www.usairguitar.com/rules

For further info or questions, contact Steve Vernon, Artistic Director, at: [email protected]

10/12/2022
Big Dawg Productions

Change is good! We are making ONE small change, folks!

We are ADDING a matinee on Saturday,10/29, at 3pm!
We are SUBTRACTING an evening show on Thursday, 10/27!

That is all. Except...get your tickets! Opening night is almost here!! 🤩

https://www.thalianhall.org/bdp-misery-22

Thalian Hall in The Ruth & Bucky Stein Studio Theatre
October 20-30
Thu – Sat 7:30 pm
Sat & Sun matinees at 3:00 pm

Non-profit theater performing captivating shows in Wilmington, NC!

Do you have your tickets yet??  Misery opens in less than TWO WEEKS!!Making its Wilmington debut and starring Steve Vern...
10/08/2022
Big Dawg Productions

Do you have your tickets yet?? Misery opens in less than TWO WEEKS!!

Making its Wilmington debut and starring Steve Vernon and Holli Saperstein...this show is not to be missed!

Thalian Hall in The Ruth & Bucky Stein Studio Theatre
October 20-30, 2022
Thu – Sat 7:30 pm
Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm

https://www.thalianhall.org/bdp-misery-22

A Non-profit Theatre Company in Historic Downtown Wilmington North Carolina

We are proud to support our friend and local playwright/director, Don Fried, in his latest presentation of Blood Privile...
09/26/2022

We are proud to support our friend and local playwright/director, Don Fried, in his latest presentation of Blood Privilege.

Go see it, y'all! 'Tis the spooky season!

"BLOOD PRIVILEGE": ACCLAIMED PLAY BY LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT TO BE PERFORMED AT THALIAN HALL, SEPT 29 – OCTOBER 9

"Blood Privilege," by local playwright Don Fried, will be presented at the Ruth & Bucky Stein Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 9.
The play has been performed in London, New York City and Boulder, Colorado. Reviews of the sellout London production said:

“A challenging and provocative work. We are drawn into a different world – forbidding and ominous. Don't miss this play." UK Theatre Network

“This is a picture of the way someone can be schooled into transgression, of how the law can be followed and yet manipulated, and how power can be concentrated in an elite, none of which has been limited to sixteenth-century Slovakia.” British Theatre Guide

The Thalian Hall production features a number of the Wilmington’s most popular actors, including Heather Setzler, Brent Schraff, Maxwell Paige, Katie Villecco, Braxton Williams, Ashley Flowers and Kaleb Edley. Together, they have played the leads and other starring roles in dozen of area plays.
According to playwright Fried, who also directs the play, Blood Privilege is based on a true story.

“In the early 1600s, Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory was convicted of murdering hundreds of women to bathe in their blood as part of a beauty ritual. She may not have done it though,” says Fried. “What is certain is that she lent a lot of money to the Hungarian King and then had the bad judgement to demand that he pay it back.”

He adds, “Although Blood Privilege is a period piece set in the early 17th century, what it’s really about is the concentration and abuse of wealth and power in the hands of a tiny elite. That’s not something that’s changed much in the last 400 – or 4,000 – years.”

Fried, whose plays "Senior Moments," "Shakespeare Inc." and "Betta Daze" have had Wilmington productions, was commissioned to write "Blood Privilege" by Second Skin Theatre of London.

Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm.
Tickets are $27.00 plus required box office and historic preservation fees for Thalian Hall.
Phone 910.632.2285

https://www.thalianhall.org/blood-privilege-22

Thank you Bob Workmon and StarNews for this beautiful review of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."Only...
07/27/2022
Latest Thalian Hall performance explores mind of an English teen

Thank you Bob Workmon and StarNews for this beautiful review of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."

Only ONE more weekend to catch this "not-to-be-missed show"...starting tomorrow night, 7/28!! Get your tickets before they're gone!!

Tickets: https://www.thalianhall.org/bdp-curious-incident-22

https://www.starnewsonline.com/story/entertainment/theater/2022/07/27/latest-thalian-hall-performance-explores-mind-english-teen/10115789002/?fbclid=IwAR3b0ceRxOSoz9nMcbRnPECos-o5sLrAw6d-hh864t4G_RVYBfhw2pz2Ap8

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is playing through Sunday.

Break legs and Happy Opening Night to the cast & crew of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time!Join us on on...
07/21/2022

Break legs and Happy Opening Night to the cast & crew of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time!

Join us on one of the dates below! We'll see you at The Hall!

Big Dawg Productions mourns the loss of Thalian Hall Executive Director Tony Rivenbark.His 42 years of leadership at Tha...
07/19/2022

Big Dawg Productions mourns the loss of Thalian Hall Executive Director Tony Rivenbark.

His 42 years of leadership at Thalian Hall made a massive impact on the performing arts community that will continue for years to come. Through his work, Big Dawg has made its home at Thalian Hall (twice).

His last time on stage was with us in Book of Will, which was cut short by the beginning of the pandemic.

We are officially ONE WEEK out from opening night!  Mark your calendars and don't miss this beautiful show!  We'll see y...
07/14/2022

We are officially ONE WEEK out from opening night! Mark your calendars and don't miss this beautiful show!

We'll see you at The Hall!!

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.

“This adaptation by the acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens is intensely, innately theatrical; it is also funny and extremely moving…resonates with quality.” —Telegraph (London).

“…just terrific…a profoundly moving play about adolescence, fractured families, mathematics, colours and lights…dazzling.” —Independent (London).

“A beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life.” —Evening Standard (London).



TICKETS: https://www.thalianhall.org/bdp-curious-incident-22

07/08/2022
Big Dawg Productions

Sometimes things shift...don't worry, we got this!!

Due to a Covid issue, we are shifting dates for "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by ONE WEEK!

NEW DATES ARE:
July 21-24 & July 28-31
Thu – Sat 7:30 pm
Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm

FOR TICKETS (AND CHANGES TO TICKETS):
https://www.thalianhall.org/bdp-curious-incident-22

Or call the Box Office at:
910-632-2285 / 1-800-532-2820 

Box office hours: Monday - Friday from 2-5pm, and 1 hour prior to curtain.

THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD!!! IT'S DEFINITELY WORTH THE WAIT. :)

See you at The Hall!!

Non-profit theater performing captivating shows in Wilmington, NC!

06/26/2022

Big Dawg Productions is pleased to announce a second round of auditions for their upcoming production of “Lysistrata”, by Aristophanes.

The play will be directed by Beth Swindell.

Auditions will take place on Monday, June 27th, at 7PM at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St., Wilmington NC.

Roles are available for 10 actors of any gender identity (female, male, non-binary, trans, etc.), ages 20 to 60 in appearance. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. YOU MUST BE 18 OR OLDER TO BE CONSIDERED. “Lysistrata” deals with s*xual themes.

“Lysistrata” will be performed at the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts on Aug. 4-7 and 11-14.

Synopsis of the play:
This ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, is a comic account of a woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states by denying all the men of the land any s*x, which was the only thing they truly and deeply desired. Lysistrata persuades the women of the warring cities to withhold s*xual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace—a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the s*xes.

Actors will portray multiple roles.

Big Dawg Productions is a non-profit community theater company. For questions, please contact Steve Vernon, Artistic Director, at [email protected]

06/23/2022
Historic Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Thank you Bob Workmon and StarNews! This is the final weekend, starting TONIGHT!

Get your tickets and we'll see you at The Hall!!

https://www.thalianhall.org/bdp-school-girls-22

https://www.starnewsonline.com/story/entertainment/theater/2022/06/23/school-girls-african-mean-girls-play-has-laughs-insights/7686531001/?fbclid=IwAR3UPkt9ssHAIxpMLUjdOqzRQZGST8kJ7Hg6_cVZs*xJqOY666Qgdf4GUcQ

Thalian Hall is a historic theatre and performing arts center located in downtown Wilmington NC, serving the local community since 1858.

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432 Landmark Drive, Suite 1
Wilmington, NC
28412

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Also, congrats to Fracaswell Hyman on receiving the award for Actor in a Play for his role in "Fences" as Troy Maxson!
Congratulations to everyone involved in "Fences" and on your award for Best Play!
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Congratulations to all in Love, Loss, & What I Wore!! What a lovely evening of theatre and the female voice; touching, poignant, funny, accessible, and beautifully performed. Thank you!
Attention local women playwrights! Great opportunity to have a play produced. Deadline Dec. 22!
Thank you Tesia and Steve! It was nice to see you both last night.
Happy Invited Dress!!! Break all the legs!!!!
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