PlayMakers presents world premiere of ‘The Story of The Gun’

Mike Daisey
Mike Daisey

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the world premiere of “The Story of The Gun,” created and performed by award-winning storyteller-monologuist Mike Daisey, Jan. 8-12, 2014.

The professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill commissioned the production as part of its PRC 2 series. PRC² features innovative, topical presentations coupled with post-show discussions with the creative artists following each performance.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2 p.m. on Jan. 12 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road. Ticket prices start at $15 and may be purchased at or by calling (919) 962-PLAY (7529). Tickets are also still available as part of PlayMakers subscription packages.

In “The Story of The Gun,” Daisey, no stranger to controversy, tackles his most provocative subject yet: America’s relationship with guns. Throwing easy answers and partisan bickering out the window, Daisey’s performance promises to cut through the political static with his trademark blend of hilarious comedy, brilliant observation and pitch-perfect timing.

PlayMakersStoryoftheGunSGPosterREV (2)resized“I programmed ‘The Story of The Gun’ this season for the same reason that I programmed ‘Assassins’ — to engage in a meaningful conversation with our community about guns and how deeply woven they are in our idea of ourselves as Americans,” said PlayMakers producing artistic director Joseph Haj. “We are a nation of roughly 300 million people and 300 million guns. I think that’s worthy of interrogation.”

PlayMakers will present Stephen Sondheim’s  multiple Tony Award-winning musical “Assassins” April 2-20, 2014. “Assassins” combines Sondheim’s lyrics and music with a story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins.

The New York Times calls Daisey “one of the finest solo performers of his generation, and The Chicago Tribune says he “always threatens to burst out of his chosen form — funny, literate and provocative.”

“Mike is one of the most clear-eyed, artistically courageous and compelling artists around,” Haj added. “I knew, by commissioning him to wrestle with this issue, he’d create something that challenges our assumptions with scathing, hilarious and insightful observations from multiple points of view.”

Rounding out this season’s PRC2 lineup will be “Hold These Truths” by Jeanne Sakata (April 23-27). PlayMakers’ main-stage season continues with Noel Coward’s comedy classic “Private Lives” (Jan. 22-Feb. 9.)

PlayMakers is based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Drama League of New York has named PlayMakers one of the best regional theaters in America, and INDY Week calls PlayMakers the best live theater company in the Triangle.

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