Date(s) & Time(s)::
April 4, 2013
Location: Duke Power Energy Theatre- Spirit Square
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March 21, 2013
Starving Artist Productions
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Starving Artist Partners With Local Advocacy Organizations to Tackle
Domestic Violence for PETIE
Charlotte-based company Starving Artist Productions is partnering with local advocacy
organizations LoveSpeaksOut and Safe Alliance for the Charlotte premiere of New York
playwright Lori Fischer’s brand new play Petie, this April at the Spirit Square Duke Energy
Petie tells the story of wife, Bonnie, and her daughter, Jesse, as they face the imminent 10thanniversary
of the death of their son and brother, Petie. The issue of domestic violence plays
heavily into the story of these two women as they seek to move past their respective grief over
their loss and move towards healing and reconciliation.
“At Starving Artist, we know that art doesn't exist in a vacuum. There is a context for all of our
stories. And to ignore the opportunity to shed some light on this terrible phenomena felt
irresponsible,” said producer and actor Nathan Rouse.
To that end, Starving Artist is partnering with representatives from Safe Alliance and Love
Speaks Out, two local organizations who operate on the frontlines of this issue. Following the
Friday, April 12, performance of Petie, these representatives as well as victims of domestic abuse,
and playwright, Lori Fischer, will conduct a panel discussion to engage the issues raised by the
The show features a cast of local actors, as well as playwright Fischer in the role of Bonnie.
Playing the role of Daddy is Nathan Rouse, founder of Starving Artist Productions. Cast members
Heather Bartlett, Caryn Crye, Walker Dixon, and Robert Lee Simmons are alumni of CAST,
Theatre Charlotte, Children’s Theatre Charlotte, and Shakespeare Carolina. The show is directed
by Brad Archer of Asheville, NC.
Petie is running Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the uptown Duke Energy
Theatre. Cast and director talkbacks will be held on the first Saturday night performance, April 6,
immediately following the show. Tickets can be purchased online at carolinatix.org. Adult
admission is $22. Student, Senior and Group pricing available upon
The director, producer, playwright and cast are available for preview interviews.
Starving Artist is currently in its third full season of theatre productions. Last year the company
was nominated by the Metrolina Theatre Association in six categories, including Outstanding
Production - Comedy, for its staging of Charlotte natives Ernsberger and Cate’s Don’t Cry For
Me, Margaret Mitchell. Their annual holiday show, The Birth, has been twice-nominated for
Creative Loafing’s Theatre Event of the Year. The Birth has been staged in Charlotte for seven
years running. Starving Artist produces both local theatre and short films. For more on Starving
Artist’s mission and work, please visit astarvingartistproduction.com. Press coverage and reviews
for past events are linked at http://astarvingartistproduction.com/press/.