(Disclosure: a DurhamSocialite writer is involved in the production of this performance)
"There are more than 5,000 tigers in captivity in the United States, more than exist in the wild." (source)
Living with the Tiger is the first work by the new Durham-based performance company, Haymaker. It opens at Manbites Dog Theater October 20. The company was started this past year after the founders moved to Durham from Washington DC:
“We looked all over the country for a place to start our company. We chose to move here because of Durham’s ‘anything is possible’ attitude. And with no state laws regulating tiger ownership in North Carolina, this is the perfect show to introduce ourselves to the Triangle with."
Haymaker has already been very active in the Durham community, having hosted Tigers vs. Mr. T earlier this summer.
Living with the Tiger explores a uniquely American phenomenon: almost twice as many tigers live in captivity in the United States as live in the wild world-wide. Inspired by the stories of Americans who keep tigers in their homes, Haymaker has created Living with the Tiger by collaging together these stories with memories, songs, literature, visual art, and just about anything else that isn’t nailed down. “For us, the production is less about the realities of tiger ownership than it is about chasing the American Dream. What happens when one person’s pursuit of happiness becomes a menace to society?”
The Durham theatre community has welcomed them with open arms and is excited about the show. Let's show them how great Durham audiences can be too! Thursday, October 20th is a "pay what you can performance," so that's a good time to check it out!
Living with the Tiger runs October 20 through November 5, 2011; Evening performances at 8:15pm, with matinee performances on October 23 and 30 at 3:15pm.
October 20 – 22, 8:15pm, October 23 at 3:15pm
October 27 – 29, 8:15pm, October 30 at 3:15pm
November 2 – 5, 8:15pm
$17 weekends, $12 weeknights. Discounts available for seniors, military, students.
Visit manbitesdogtheater.org or call 919.682.3343 for tickets and information.