Present Laughter

Present Laughter

Ticket information

February 23-March 5, 2023
PSI Theatre at the Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St., Durham NC 27701

Adults: $25
Seniors (65+): $20
Students: $10

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Production staff:

Director: Nadia Bodie-Smith
Stage Manager: Mykira McFarland
Assistant Stage Manager: Kelley Williams
Technical Director: John-Paul Middlesworth
Costume Design: Jodeya Brown
Sound/Light Design: Valentina Moya
Props: Kristie Kennedy
House Manager: Dave McEwen
Producer: Charles Machalicky


A classic British farce, reimagined

Garry Essendine, world renowned actor, is preparing for a theatrical tour to Africa to distract himself from impending middle age.  But in the weeks before the tour is to begin, he is beset by a series of fans and admirers – an unhinged young playwright, a besotted society starlet, and his manager’s wife who is determined to seduce him –  who are determined to take his spotlight. One crisis leads into another as his quirky entourage try to keep him focused and the business in order – and a secret affair, once exposed, might tear apart his closely-knit family of friends.

Snappy dialog, over-the-top characters, and surprise revelations abound in this classic British farce by Noel Coward, reimagined with a diverse cast and set amid the heyday of the black theater movement of the 1940s. 

Cast list
Garry………………………..John Frazier
Monica………………………..Tania Kelly
Liz………………………..Shana Fisher
Daphne………………………..Dani Coan
Roland………………………..Jamin Wade
Morris………………………..Cameron Waters
Hugo………………………..Naveen Moeed
Fred………………………..Gerald Rubin
Miss Erikson………………………..Stephanie Spohrer
Lady Saltburn………………………..Joy Bryant

Parking information

There is public parking available at and around the Durham Arts Council. These parking areas are owned by the City of Durham and managed by Central Parking System.

  • Durham Centre Parking Garage is a multi-level paid public parking deck directly across Morgan St. from the Durham Arts Council building. There are entrances on both Morgan and Morris Streets. Hourly rate: $2.25.
  • Manning Place parking lot is directly adjacent to the Durham Arts Council building on the South side (entry from Morris Street). Limited parking is available for DAC and downtown visitors. No parking is permitted in front of the dumpsters and in front of the loading bay.

COVID-19 Policy

A fabric or high-quality mask (3-ply surgical, KN95, N95) is required for staff and guests. Actors are vaccinated, boosted, submit tests regularly and perform without masks. Masks will be provided for those who forget them.


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