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Williamston starts year off with Joseph Zettelmaier premiere; tickets on sale now

Preview January 10, 2018 Encore Staff

WILLIAMSTON—Williamston Theatre starts 2018 with the world premiere of Our Lady of Poison by Joseph Zettelmaier. Performances begin Thursday, January 25 and run through Sunday, February 25.

1659, Rome, Italy. Giulia Tofana and her daughter Girolama are beloved apothecaries, and skilled poisoners. This mother-daughter team run an infamous underground operation to provide unfortunate wives with an escape from untenable marriages. When the young bride of a nobleman requests their help, an unexpected romance blossoms. But that very love threatens to destroy the life Giulia has built for her family. Based on historical events. (Contains Adult Content)

Joseph Zettelmaier is a Michigan playwright and four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play for All Childish Things in 2006, Language Lessons in 2007, It Came From Mars in 2010 and Dead Man’s Shoes in 2012. He returns to Williamston, which premiered his productions of Flyover USA, It Came from Mars, And the Creek Don’t Rise, Ebenezer, Dead Man’s Shoes, The Gravedigger, The Decade Dance and Pulp. His plays The Stillness Between Breaths and It Came From Mars were selected to appear in the National New Play Network’s Festival of New Plays. He received the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award in 2009 for It Came From Mars and in 2011 for Dead Man’s Shoes. Joseph is an artistic associate and resident playwright at First Folio Theatre, an at-large ambassador to the National New Play Network and an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University and Schoolcraft College, where he teaches Dramatic Composition, Play Production, Stage Management, Stage Combat, and Fundamentals of Acting. He also serves as executive director for Roustabout Theatre Troupe.

The cast of Our Lady of Poison includes two newcomers to the Williamston stage, Janet Hayle and Maeyson Menzel, along with Dani Cochrane, who appeared in the world premiere of Summer Retreat in 2016. Shannon Ferrante makes her Williamston Theatre directing debut. The production team includes scenic design by Kirk Domer (1984, Summer Retreat), lighting design by Shannon Schweitzer (Beau Jest, Pulp), costume design by Karen Kangas-Preston (Taking Shakespeare, A Painted Window), sound design by Julia Garlotte (Pulp, The Decade Dance) and props design by Michelle Raymond (Beau Jest, The Taming). The stage manager is Nan Luchini (Murder for Two, Summer Retreat).

Tickets are available online at www.williamstontheatre.org.