TheatreFEST returns with a BANG this summer as we move to be Raleigh’s hub for summer theatre by connecting makers, companies, educators, and patrons to celebrate and advance live theatre in Raleigh. With dozens of theatrical experiences centered around the production of Assassins, TheatreFEST has something for everyone! Click on the various buttons below to discover how you can participate.

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Book by JOHN WEIDMAN | Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Based on an idea by CHARLES GILBERT JR.
Directed by DANICA JACKSON | Musical Direction by DIANE C. PETTEWAY

Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidmans’ controversial musical, Assassins, scrutinizes the lives and motivations of nine individuals who killed (or tried to kill) various presidents of the United States. This multiple Tony Award-winning dark comedy explores the human need for acknowledgment versus the American need for celebrity, amplified by the frustrated desires of those who crossed a terrifying threshold.

Show Times
7:30pm Nightly | June 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
2:00pm Sunday Matinees | June 5, 12, 19
Community Night (All seats $20) | Friday, June 3

Closed Captioning
Each performance will be closed captioned.

Audio Description
Available upon request. Call 919.515.3927 or send an email to

Connection, Disaffection, Validation

Content Warnings
Gun Violence, Murder, Suicide, Adult Language, Use of non-firing Prop Guns

Experience theatre being made in real time. Participants may choose from a rehearsal, design, or backstage track guided by UT staff for insight into the process of bringing Assassins to the stage. Choose one, two, or all three!

Rehearsal TrackDesign Track
May 8, 2022 May 20, 2022

Limited to 12 participants per track

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Before seeing the evening’s performance of Assassins, join UT’s Mia Self, local theatre journalists, and select members of the creative team for a casual, one-hour pre-show conversation about Assassins; its history, structure, themes, and its relevance today. This experience includes a ticket to Assassins.

June 4, 17 | 6pm-7pm and June 12 at 12:30pm
Limited to 12 tickets per show.


Ever walked away from a show wanting to know more about it after you’ve seen it? Join Mia Self, who, together with a small group of audience members, will chat with director Danica Jackson and select actors from the cast in an intimate, one-hour post-show discussion. This experience includes a ticket to Assassins.

June 4, 12, and 17 | following the performance
Limited to 12 tickets per show.

Honest Pint Theatre Company is excited to present the first “workshop offering” of a new work-in-progress. Playwright and North Carolina Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane and composer/lyricist Matthew Hager have written this new offering of musical theatre based on the legend of Franz Kafka and the doll story. Get a glimpse of a diverse cast of talented actors and musicians developing a new musical work, directed by UT’s Mia Self, and be among the first to preview snippets of the show, all leading up to a full-scale production in 2023

Show Dates & Times
June 10 | 7:00pm
June 11 | 2:00pm
Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre


Are you one of those movie goers that must arrive early to see the previews? We are too! University Theatre has invited our neighbors to tell you about themselves, and for some companies, perform a snippet of what they are working on this summer. During the pre-show of select evening performances of Assassins, we hope you will enjoy hearing what is playing at a theatre near you.

Preview Times
7:10 pm – 7:30pm
Titmus Theatre

Pure Life Theatre CompanyHonest Pint Theatre Co.Justice Theatre Project
June 2June 3June 4
North Raleigh Arts
and Creative Theatre
Raleigh Little TheatreBurning Coal Theatre Co.
June 9June 10June 11
North Carolina TheatreTheatre in the ParkTheatre Raleigh
June 16June 17June 18
Dates and companies are subject to change without notice

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Build your own experience, picking and choosing from the various events throughout the day. TheatreFESTival is a casual open house experience where the community is invited backstage to see the magic behind live performance. Guests are welcome to join at any point during the day. Choose from an extensive list of ongoing events, creating your own custom experience. Drop-in for an interview with the actors, head backstage for a guided tour of the sets, or join our designers to learn more about their process. Local theatre companies will also be on-site with information about their upcoming seasons, and giveaways!

June 11 | 1-4pm
Frank Thompson Hall

Show Date & Time
June 17 | 6:30pm
Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre

In this first public staging of a new one-woman show, emerging artist and NC State alumna Dani Coan shares her coming of age story exploring themes of sexuality, family, anorexia, and self-love.

Sexuality, family, eating disorders, self-love, and storytelling

Content Warnings
Eating disorders and addiction

“Pay What You Can” donations directly benefit Mosaic supporting artists and creators. Minimum $1.00

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Given only a prompt and 24-hours total prep time, four writers, directors, casts and production teams write, rehearse, produce and perform four plays, culminating in an evening of 10-minute plays.

June 18 | 8pm
Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre

University Theatre is seeking playwrights, directors , and performers.
For more information about how you can join the Quick Scripts Team, register below.

TheatreFEST is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission.

TheatreFEST est financiado en parte por la Ciudad de Raleigh basado en recomendaciones de la Comision de Artes de Raleigh.