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The Cary Theater Loves Shakespeare, Six String and Science in February

Post Date:01/31/2017 7:34 AM
  • Cary Players present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised)
  • Six Strings presents singers Michael Reno Harrell and Ben Bradford bring tales of Appalachia and songs that paint a portrait of America.
  • Movies include the critically acclaimed Loving, Science on Screen Series and another Family Fun Day.

CARY, N.C.  – February is a month where we celebrate love and The Cary Theater has a sweetheart of an entertainment schedule. Highlights include a Science on Screen session that explores just how smart our dogs really are, the Cary Players presenting The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised), compelling independent films exploring racial prejudice, and the sweet sounds of the Six String Presents series.

“Our programming in February offers something for everyone,” said Joy Ennis, operations and program supervisor for The Cary Theater. “From Shakespeare to the Six String music series, we have a unique mix of film and live performances that will please audiences young and old.”

Shakespeare Comes to The Cary

The Cary Players return with a fun take on Shakespeare. Director Nancy Rich will navigate the many nuances of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised) for those willing to both poke fun at the bard and witness some of his most brilliant moments. Compiled by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, this mash-up of Shakespeare plays will keep audiences laughing, whether or not you’re a fan of his work. Tickets are $18 and $20. Dates and times for the productions are:

•           Fridays and Saturdays: February 17,18, 24 and 25; 7:30 p.m.

•           Sundays: February 19 and 26; 2 p.m.

Also on tap from Shakespeare is the film version of his “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” In this sensual and dream-like adaptation, director Julie Taymor fills each scene with lavish costumes and sets for Shakespeare’s classic comedy about mistaken identities, love potions and unlikely infatuations. It takes place during the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta, under the light of the Fairyland moon. Tickets are $8 and $10. Show times are February 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. and February 12 at 2 p.m.

Science on Screen Series – How Smart Is My Dog, Really?

Science on Screen® pairs classic, cult and documentary films with notables from the worlds of science, technology and medicine. Each film is used as a jumping off point for a speaker to talk about relevant scientific research or technological advances.

Actor/director Christopher Guest’s “Best in Show” is a semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training. A television crew documents the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show where competition is fierce among canine devotees vying for top honors.

Guest lecturer Dr. Margaret Gruen will lead a Q&A on the topic “How smart is my dog, really?” She is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist whose research focuses on advancing our understanding of how medical disorders affect behavior. Dr. Gruen is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where she completed her residency in clinical behavior. She holds a master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health from N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is currently completing a doctoral degree in Comparative Medicine and Translational Research.

Film Day Fun Day

Film Day Fun Day is a fun, interactive film experience that allows children and their parents to enjoy movies. Expect talking, laughing and playing during the film, and children are welcome to bring favorite quiet-time toys. Two screenings in February include: “Cats Don’t Dance” on February 7, and “Charlotte’s Web” on February 21. Tickets are $1 and films start at 10 a.m.

Indies, Foreign Films and Documentaries

The Cary continues to offer programming with the film lover in mind. “Sophie and the Rising Sun” will screen February 2 at 2 p.m. for our Seniors Afternoon series and at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Set in 1941, the film tells the story of interracial lovers caught in a storm of bigotry, violence and war. This film was a 2016 Sundance Film Festival selection.

Critically acclaimed bio-pic “Loving” chronicles the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving and their fight to overturn anti-miscegenation laws in the 1950’s. The film screens at 2:00 p.m. on February 11, February 16 and February 18.

Foreign film buffs are also in for a treat with a screening of director Paul Verhoeven’s French thriller “Elle” on February 23 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and February 25 at 2 p.m.

Six String Presents

In February, the Six String Presents series brings Michael Reno Harrell and Ben Bedford to The Cary on February 4 at 8:00 p.m. Harrell is an award-winning songwriter and veteran storyteller from Southern Appalachia. His original songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit.”  Harrell was a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and has performed at major music events like MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival.

Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and struggles. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford’s portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives. Inspired by late 1950’s jazz greats as well as singer songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Patty Griffin, his music has received extensive airplay on folk and roots radio in the U.S. and Europe. Tickets range from $10-$25.


About The Cary Theater

The Cary Theater, located at 122 E. Chatham St. in downtown Cary, lights up downtown with its mission to provide a unique setting for the community to experience art house cinema and live performances that enhance the cultural arts experience in the Town of Cary. Originally constructed in 1946 to serve as the Town’s first indoor movie theater, The Cary was meticulously restored in 2014 to create a vibrant space downtown that offers independent film, live performance comedy and improv, the Six String Presents music series as well as other live music events. The Cary is owned by the Town of Cary and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. For the latest schedule, please visit

Film tickets are $5 ($3 for Film Circle members) unless otherwise noted and can be purchased online and at the box office.


Primary Contacts
Joy Ennis, The Cary Supervisor, (919) 462-2054
Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information  Officer, (919) 462-3908
Susan Moran, Public Information Director, (919) 380-4240 

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