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New Works Initiative 

our second season-long partnership with
the Process Series
both directed by Joseph Megel
Voices | Visions and Revisions


presented by

The Process Series in partnernship with StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance

Artistic director Joseph Megel. Photo by Dennis Cahlo.

Performance Schedule

Swain Hall Black Box Theatre

October 6, 2023 - April 13, 2024

101 E. Cameron Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

October 6-7 The Dragon Tree by Oliver Mayer

November 30-December 1 Performing Sankofa - UNC Black Trailblazers created by the students of Comm 562

December 8-9 The Christmas Case of Hezekiah Jones by Howard L. Craft and Mike Wiley

February 9-10 Rap and Redemption on Death Row by Alim Braxton and Mark Katz

March 8-9 The Angels of Detroit by John Pietrowski

April 12-13 EVENT CANCELLED Three Poets in Performance 

April 19-20 NEW EVENT Grafting, Rooting, Growing an auto ethnographic solo performance from Leah Ai Ling Woehr

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Discussions follow.


Join us for the Process Series's 16th season, "Voices | Visions and Revisions." The 2023-2024 season focuses on the voices of the artists through whose eyes we see our world anew and the process through which those artists arrive at the works we see. This year we were struck by the influence of poetry -- and the sounds of poetry -- in so much of the work we were moved by. The season brings us everything from the work of contemporary poets working in our own neighborhoods to rap written behind bars to contemplations of the environment and vernacular of one of our most accomplished poets, Phillip Levine, most closely associated with a place and an ethos -- working class Detroit -- brought to us by a playwright and poet, John Pietrowski, who combines an understanding of that ethos with a sensitivity to language second to none. The presence of poetry is active in the works of playwright and poet Oliver Mayer and playwright and poet Howard L. Craft and actor and playwright Mike Wiley. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the voices of all the remarkable artists who have signed on to go on this journey. We are honored to set these sounds in motion and to explore with you their wider reverberations. Now the voice we need to add is yours.

Poet and playwright Howard L. Craft. Photo by Sylvia Freeman.

Writer and Performer Leah Ai Ling Woehr. 

Post-Show Discussions

At Swain Hall Black Box Theatre in Chapel Hill


Immediately following each performance, we ask our audiences to join in the creative process, providing feedback critical to the development of the work as it moves forward. All performances and discussions are free and open to the public.


Dedicated to the development of new and significant works in the performing arts, the Process Series features professionally mounted, developmental presentations of new works in progress. The mission of the Series is to illuminate the ways in which artistic ideas take form, examine the creative process, and offer audiences the opportunity to follow artists and performers as they explore and discover.

The Venue

For the Swain Hall Black Box Theatre parking is often available in the Swain Hall Parking lot right next to the theatre after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on the weekends. For the times when it is reserved, it is always good to have a back up plan. 

When the Swain lot is not available, most other campus parking areas are available for parking without a permit. Check this link for .pdf maps to parking:


And this link for a more interactive map and more information about the rules for weeknight parking:


There are also many places to park, within easy walking distance for those who are able, in downtown Chapel Hill.

The theatre is wheelchair accessible.

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If you have questions or concerns, please be in touch with us at and we will do our best to get back to you promptly.

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Some projects were supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Affairs, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Chatham Arts Council; and the Manbites Dog Theater Fund.

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