Photo Flash: First Look at COUNT, Opening Tonight at PlayMakers Repertory Company

PlayMakers Repertory Company kicks off its 2017/18 season with the world premiere of "Count," in the first production of its PRC2 second-stage series. This docu-drama written by Lynden Harris is co-produced with the North Carolina based collective, Hidden Voices. The production is directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams, member of the PlayMakers resident acting company, in her PlayMakers directorial debut. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Based on years of conversations between Hidden Voices and men on death row from throughout the country, "Count" asks us to experience a day-in-the-life of six men as they reflect upon the life paths that led them to this moment and place. Their lively, difficult and ultimately affirming search for what ancient philosophers called "the good life" challenges and transforms us, with the recognition that we are all struggling for the same things.

"'Count' is a theatrical distillation of work that Lynden Harris, Hidden Voices and I have done for more than four years," says director Kathryn Hunter-Williams. "In interviewing incarcerated men here in North Carolina, and throughout the United States, we tapped into issues of poverty, mental illness, race, and familial incarceration as recurring themes in the maps of their lives. We also tapped into things we didn't expect--hope and love. My hope is that this production helps audiences see that these men aren't so much "other" than us, and, using theatre as an agent, for the next generation we might change the factors that pushed these men along a certain path, and help redraw some real-life stories."

Performances of "Count" will be at 7:30 p.m. nightly August 23 to 27, and 2 p.m. Aug. 27. Following each performance will be a free talkback discussion between patrons, creative team, and community members from local and state legal, government, and social services organizations.

Ticket prices start at $15 and may be purchased at www.playmakersrep.org or by calling (919) 962-7529.

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Photo Flash: First Look at COUNT, Opening Tonight at PlayMakers Repertory Company
The cast of PlayMakers Repertory Company's production of COUNT

Photo Flash: First Look at COUNT, Opening Tonight at PlayMakers Repertory Company
(foreground) BRIAN D. COATS as Long Beach; (background) CHRIS BERRY as KANSAS CITY, RICHARD MCDONALD as Whitehouse, and GIL FAISON as Brownsville

Photo Flash: First Look at COUNT, Opening Tonight at PlayMakers Repertory Company
Edward O'Blenis as Richmond and the cast of PlayMakers Repertory Company's production of COUNT

Photo Flash: First Look at COUNT, Opening Tonight at PlayMakers Repertory Company
Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Maine and the cast PlayMakers Repertory Company's production of COUNT

Photo Flash: First Look at COUNT, Opening Tonight at PlayMakers Repertory Company
(foreground) GIL FAISON as Brownsville; (background) Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Maine

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