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Lucky Plush Residency at NC State LIVE | Fall 2017

Lucky Plush Productions photo by Benjamin Wardell

Immerse yourself in the creative process.

Ever wanted a sneak peek into an artist’s process? Now’s your chance.

Together with the American Dance Festival and the NC State Dance Program, NC State LIVE will offer a week of activities with renowned dance/theatre company Lucky Plush Productions – culminating in a FREE work-in-progress performance on Friday, September 15 at 8pm in Stewart Theatre. The performance is also part of SparkCon, the Triangle’s Creativity Festival. 

Below is a full list of Lucky Plush residency activities open to the public. How many will you attend?


  • Interactive Game Nights
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 7pm at Stewart Theatre In RALEIGH
THURSDAY, September 14, 2017 | 7:30pm at ADF In DURHAM
$20 each

Get on your feet and join acclaimed members of Chicago-based Lucky Plush Productions for a live-action game inspired by the classic board game Clue. Drawing from the creation process for their newest dance-theater work, Rooming House, Lucky Plush invites participants to “play” a handful of stories based on personal experience and current events. To read more about these one-of-a-kinds events (ideal for non-dancers), and to sign up visit:


  • Open Rehearsal 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 5pm
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union

Lucky Plush Productions is graciously opening their studio doors as they finalize Rooming House. Step into the creative process as award-winning choreographer and artistic director, Julia Rhoads works diligently with her team of dancers and technicians. Collaboration is a key element of Lucky Plush’s success, and this open rehearsal lets you witness just how this company functions.

You’ll get an inside look at the artistic choices that go into making a new work of collaborative dance/theatre. Experience their joys, and well as the bumps and bruises along the way. Rooming House explores how we use stories to make cases for what we believe in and how we alter perceptions of what is real. We encourage you to come to the open rehearsal for insight into the process and then return to see how the artists’ vision comes into focus in the work-in-progress performance on Friday, September 15 at NC State LIVE (see more info about performance below).


  • Master Class:
    Devising Dance/Theatre
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 6:30-8pm
NC State Dance Studio, Carmichael Gymnasium

Designed for intermediate to experienced dancers and actors, this workshop explores the ensemble-based creative methods behind Lucky Plush Productions’ nationally acclaimed dance-theater work. Following a simple warm-up that includes improvisation and vocal exercises, participants will be led through a collaborative devising process in which they turn actions, movements, and stories into short group compositions. The workshop will culminate in a very informal sharing of participants’ dance-theater experiments.

In addition to experiencing a condensed overview of the company’s artistic philosophy and devising tools, the workshop will provide insight into the creation process of Rooming House. Co-presented by the NC State Dance Program.


  • Work-in-Progress Performance
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
tickets are available at Ticket Central, or by phone 919.515.1100.

Join NC State LIVE favorite, Lucky Plush Productions, as they develop their newest dance/theatre work, Rooming House, which is set to have its premiere later this year in Chicago.

We are dedicated to helping artists bring their ambitious visions to the stage. During a week-long residency at NC State LIVE, we’re offering Lucky Plush Productions the space, time and technical support to bring Rooming House to life. In Rooming House, the company uses a complex game of whodunit to explore how we use stories to make cases for what we believe in and how we alter perceptions of what is real.

Attend this free work-in-progress showing and help bring the show to life. Your observations and questions are vital to the company, and will ultimately help shape the work!

The work-in-progress performance is part of SparkCon, the Triangle’s Creativity Festival.


Rooming House is co-commissioned by NC State LIVE.