Life can seem unbearable when hardships are plentiful and the future seems unknown. In On Q Productions' Home, a 1980 Tony Award-nominated play by North Carolina native Samm-Art Williams, the feeling of hopelessness will penetrate you to the core. In the production — directed by Brian Daye — a small-town farmer named Cephus loses everything and experiences heartbreak, jail time and a downward spiral in his try at big city living. Luckily, he keeps his head up through the ordeal, which gives him the energy to find purpose homeward bound. $22. Nov. 28, 3 p.m.; Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 3-4, 8 p.m.; Dec. 5, 3 p.m. Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.