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Posted: Nov. 28, 2012 at 9:55 p.m.
SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN – "To be or not to be?" isn't the only question two lucky patrons of professional Equity theater in Southeastern Michigan will ponder. The winners of the META Golden Ticket also will ask, "Which stage?" and "What time?"
Sponsored by the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance, the META Golden Ticket is a special pass, good for a pair of season tickets to six of Michigan's top professional Equity theaters. In one year, the winners will be able to use one ticket to see 32 great shows – a $2,500 value.
The META Golden Ticket contest runs Nov. 28 through Dec. 23. The contest is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE to enter.
"The Golden Ticket contest was so popular last year, we had to bring it back," Lesley Braden, META executive director, said. "Winners get a chance to see a wide variety of comedies, dramas, musicals and thought-provoking shows presented by six of the finest theaters in the region. And if for some reason the winners can't attend each of the 32 productions, tickets are fully transferable so you can offer them to family and friends. This is the ultimate prize for theater lovers."
META is comprised of six award-winning professional theater companies in Southeastern and Central Michigan: The Jewish Ensemble Theatre (West Bloomfield), Meadow Brook Theatre (Rochester), Performance Network Theatre (Ann Arbor), Plowshares Theatre Company (Detroit), Tipping Point Theatre (Northville) and Williamston Theatre (Williamston).
META is a not-for-profit organization established to promote professional theater in Southeast Michigan. The organization was formed through a partnership between the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan and the Michigan Non-Profit Association, with financial support from The Kresge foundation and the Ford Foundation.
All META members are professional theater companies that produce shows under a contract with the Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Each theater produces a unique season of plays for all tastes.
Members of the public are invited to learn more about META at www.metatheatres.org.
META Golden Ticket Contest Rules
To enter the contest, please go to www.metatheatres.org and click on the "Golden Ticket Promotion." No purchase is necessary to enter. Must be 18 or older to enter. Contest ends Dec. 23, 2012. One winner will be selected by random drawing from among all eligible entries on Sunday, Dec. 23 at noon. Contestants agree to abide with any applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations. For a copy of the official rules, either go to www.metatheatres.org or send a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by Dec. 22, 2012 to Jewish Ensemble Theatre c/o META Golden Ticket – Official Rules, 6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield, Michigan 48322. Winner will receive a pair of tickets to over 32 of the META theaters' 2013 productions. Tickets are fully transferable. If the winner cannot attend all the shows, he or she can share them with friends or give them as gifts.
Members of the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance
Performance Network Theatre: Michigan is home to hundreds of Broadway quality actors that choose to live and work right here. Performance Network, Ann Arbor's professional theater, pairs their talent with the hottest plays available, produced with imaginative sets and costumes in our intimate downtown space. PNT's mission is to "provide uncompromising artistic leadership in the region and produce works that engage, challenge and inspire audiences and artists." With a wide variety of musicals, comedies, dramas, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winners, Performance Network is proud to be Michigan's premier professional theater.
Tipping Point Theatre: Located in Northville, on the western fringe of Metro Detroit, the mission of Tipping Point Theatre is to foster human interactions and relations, creating a unifying, yet personal experience through affordable, professional theater performances and community outreach. We are committed to touching your hearts, making you laugh, making you cry and making you think.
Jewish Ensemble Theatre: JET's mission is to produce theater on the highest possible professional level, to provide a stage for the exploration of new ideas, and confront issues of community and humanity from a Jewish perspective. The Jewish Ensemble Theatre serves as a force for Jewish continuity, a platform for new voices, and a bridge of understanding to the general community.
Plowshares Theatre Company: Plowshares is recognized as Michigan's only professional African-American theater company. For 20 years, Plowshares has been the alternative voice in Metro Detroit's performing arts community. The theater offers a true off-Broadway experience, with the kind of entertaining and diverse productions that has made it a favorite among discerning patrons. Plowshares is an urban theater with a distinctly Detroit style. The name of the theater company is synonymous with its mission: Plowshares is dedicated to "breaking new ground" by nurturing emerging talent, providing challenging opportunities to local artists and presenting new plays.
Meadow Brook Theatre: Meadow Brook Theatre is dedicated to creating opportunities for artists and patrons of the arts to participate in live theatrical productions of the highest quality through a variety of professionally produced events. MBT is Michigan's largest producing professional theater and the only LORT theater in the state. Seasons are consistently filled with Michigan premieres and shows straight from Broadway that inspire, educate and entertain.
Williamston Theatre: Williamston Theatre was founded to produce professional theater that excites and engages our audiences while challenging us all to explore our lives. This mission statement is supported by the following objectives: to be an integral part of the cultural fabric of Michigan; to pursue innovative collaboration in every aspect of our work; to establish a home for Midwest artists; and, to engage audiences of diverse ages, cultures and economic backgrounds.