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Posted: Nov. 22, 2014 at 9:07 a.m.
ANN ARBOR - To celebrate the holidays and the revitalization of Performance Network, the theater is offering a special buy one get one free ticket offer on Black Friday, Nov. 28. The offer is good for any performance of any show in the season, including the two holiday shows opening next week that are coproduced by Detroit sports and entertainment executive, Tom Wilson.
The remaining shows of the 2014-15 season include:
This Wonderful Life
Nov. 25 - Dec. 18
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday only
Written by Steve Murray, directed by Tony Caselli and starring award-winning actor John Lepard, "This Wonderful Life" is a one-man tour-de-force adaptation of the classic film about George Bailey and Bedford Falls.
Gift Of The Magi
Nov. 28 - Dec. 21
Friday, Saturday, Sunday only
Written by Annie Martin and directed by Suzi Regan, this world premiere two-person play journeys through both a traditional and contemporary retelling of the classic O. Henry story, "The Gift of the Magi." Starring Alysia Kolascz and Barton Bund, "Gift of the Magi" explores the idea that while the holiday season is a time of abundance, the most important gift we can give and receive is love. Produced in cooperation with Etico Productions.
Jan. 15 - Feb. 15, 2015
A 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, this is a two-person multi-character love story by Dael Orlandersmith and directed by Lynch Travis about an African-American woman who dreams of life beyond the confines of her small town Southern upbringing and the light-skinned man whose fate is tragically intertwined with hers.
Stones in his Pockets
March 5 - April 5
This award-winning comedy by Marie Jones and directed by Suzi Regan features two thirty-somethings who meet when working as extras on a big American movie being shot in Ireland. Charlie's video shop in Ballycastle has gone bankrupt and Jake has returned to Kerry after a futile few years in the U.S. The movie is a wonderful break from worrying about their futures until the harsh realities of rural life break through.
April 23 - May 24
Written by Joseph Zettelmaier and directed by Joseph Albright, "Salvage" is the story of a shy owner of a collectables store in Detroit who finds his staid existence turned topsy turvy when a mysterious women enters his life with valuable items that just should not exist anymore. This is the Michigan Equity premiere of the 2014 Jeff Award Recommended show and reunites author Zettelmaier and director Albright.
Other Desert Cities
June 11 - July 12
Written by Jon Robin Baitz, Brooke returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history one they don't want reopened. In effect she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.
For information on tickets, productions and events at the Network or to donate, please go to www.pntheatre.org or call the box office at 734-663-0681.
Performance Network Theatre is located at 120 E. Huron St, Ann Arbor.
Posted: Nov. 23, 2014 at 8:52 a.m.
DETROIT – Equity and Friends Fight AIDS will commence its annual campaign to raise monies for Michigan AIDS and HIV organizations on Thanksgiving weekend. Equity and Friends Fight AIDS, or E.F.F.A., has been raising funds for non‐profits such as AIDS Partnership Michigan and Michigan AIDS Coalition since 1991. The annual collection starts Thanksgiving Weekend in honor of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. Theaters across Southeast Michigan will be appealing to audiences after their performances to donate to this very special cause.
As of this writing, participating theaters include Detroit Repertory Theatre, Performance Network Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Williamston Theatre and The Jewish Ensemble Theatre. Other theaters are expected to join the campaign over the coming months.
In the '80s, Actors' Equity Association members came together and started Equity Fights AIDS, a nation‐wide program bringing theaters together annually to raise money for AIDS awareness and research. Equity and Friends Fight AIDS began in 1991 when Detroit area Actors' Equity Association members decided to create a campaign that would raise funds for Michigan-only AIDS organizations. As such, Michigan theatergoers are asked to donate whatever they can as they leave the theater after the performance, knowing their money will go to support local HIV/AIDS organizations.
E.F.F.A. will also accept donations by mail. Make a check or money order out to EFFA and send it to EFFA c/o Detroit Repertory Theatre, 13103 Woodrow Wilson Street, Detroit, MI 48238 or call Leah Smith at 313-208‐6358 for more information.
Actors' Equity Association is the union of professional stage managers and actors.
Acorn Benefit Concert
The Acorn Theater
Nov. 29, 2014
Posted: Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:24 p.m.
THREE OAKS - Due to a financial shortfall, The Acorn Theater was planning on shutting down after the 2014 season. However, some angels offered assistance to keep the theater operating through 2015 and beyond. Acorn Theater veterans Anne Harris, Cathy Richardson and Katie Todd who have performed in the space since it opened have stepped forward and offered to perform a benefit concert on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. to help keep the doors open. Allen and Lynn Turner also stepped forward and offered to host a post-concert reception at their farm in Three Oaks.
Harris and Richardson team up again to rock out on The Acorn stage with Todd opening. These three amazing women are talented, beautiful and charismatic - and they are donating their time to help support The Acorn Theater.
An option when purchasing tickets: Turner is throwing an after party at his barn, open bar and food included! Tickets are $25 general admission; $35 for the first three rows. A $50 ticket includes preferred seating and post show-party starting at 9:30 p.m. at Turner's barn with open bar and food.
For tickets and information, call 269-756-3879 or log on to www.acorntheater.com.
The Acorn Theater is located at 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, MI 49128. A full-service bar and other refreshments are available.
Posted: Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:57 p.m.
FLINT - As part of its 2014-15 programming season, Shop Floor Theatre Company is planning a new project that will expand its outreach and programming to encompass the international college student population. The title of this project is "Immigrant U: Our Story Our Way- An Original Play and Documentary about the Experiences of International Students in American Universities."
In keeping with the organization's values and commitment to inclusion, this project constitutes a much-needed effort to engage diverse communities that may not have the resources to participate in arts and cultural activities offered by other local institutions.
The students will facilitate dialogue sessions and compile data as they tell their stories about leaving their homelands and entering college in America.
"Immigrant U" will be written, produced, co-directed and performed by international college students. This production is intended to increase understanding about international students in the U.S. and provide a snapshot of their experience attending American universities.
"Immigrant U: Our Story Our Way" will premiere in late summer and early fall of 2015.
Other Shop Floor projects include:
This season was made possible in part by generous funding from the Ruth Mott Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
For more information about Shop Floor Theatre, log on to www.sftco.org
Robocop! The Musical
Feb. 19 - March 1, 2015
Posted: Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.
DETROIT – Go Comedy! Improv Theater presents one of its most successful shows, "Robocop! The Musical" at the City Theatre from Thursday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, March 1, 2015.
"Robocop! The Musical" first debuted at Go Comedy! in June 2010 when it was titled "RoGoCop! The Musical." Following the show's initial engagement, Go Comedy! began planning for the show's return, improving on the original production. In order to do that, Go Comedy! joined forces with the non-profit GrooveBox Studios to launch a fundraiser campaign on Kickstarter.com. Seeking to raise $5,000, the three-week online campaign successfully raised more than $6,000 from over 100 donors.
"Robocop! The Musical" is a live, musical parody of the iconic film, "RoboCop," and an original production with book by Sean May and music by May and Ryan Parmenter. A fun, hilarious, re-imagining of the tale of a robotic police officer who protects a futuristic Detroit from crime, "Robocop! The Musical" features such songs as "Armchair Nightmare," "I Don't Know (How To Love A Robot)" and "It's Not Easy Being Gay When You're a Gangster."
Performances of "Robocop! The Musical," appearing Feb. 19 through March 1, 2015 at the City Theatre, located inside Hockeytown Cafe at 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, are as follows:
Tickets ($29.50) go on sale Friday, November 21 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at www.OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and www.Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000. Groups of eight or more receive discounts on select shows by calling 313-471-3099.
For additional information, call 313-471-6611.
Posted: Nov. 20, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.
NOVI - A 'wicked' partnership is brewing between Twelve Oaks and Broadway's biggest blockbuster, "Wicked," now in its 11th year on Broadway. "Wicked" flies back to the Detroit Opera House Dec. 10 – Jan. 4, 2015
From Nov. 21 – Dec. 14, visitors to Twelve Oaks can delight in the "World of Wicked" museum display, special offers from retailers, weekend giveaways, and other "Oz-some" exclusive offerings to celebrate this worldwide theatrical sensation.
Winner of over 100 international awards, "Wicked" is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood; the other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. "Wicked" tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
"Wicked" has been declared "A Cultural Phenomenon" by Variety and "The Best Musical of the Decade" by Entertainment Weekly. "Wicked" currently has nine productions around the world, in New York, London, Japan, Australasian Tour, South Korea, Latin America, a U.K. Tour, and two concurrent North American National Tours. Since its New York premiere a decade ago, "Wicked" has grossed more than $3.4 billion worldwide and has been seen by more than 42 million across the globe. "Wicked" has been performed in more than 100 cities in 13 countries (U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, and Mexico) and has thus far been translated into five languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish and Korean.
"The 'Wicked' partnership builds on successful promotions done at several other Taubman centers," says Twelve Oaks marketing and sponsorship director Emily Taucher. "We're delighted to be bewitched by Wicked this holiday season."
Through Dec. 14, Twelve Oaks has some terrifically 'wicked' offers that can't be found anywhere else. The spellbinding specials include:
Twelve Oaks Mall is a major regional shopping center located in Novi at I-96 and Novi Road. The center features nearly 200 shops and services along with Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, JC Penney, Sears and the Lifestyle Cafe Food Court. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Preview the stores, the styles and the sales at www.shoptwelveoaks.com.
"Wicked," Broadway's biggest blockbuster, will return to the Detroit Opera House, Dec. 10 – Jan. 4. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations (including the Ticketmaster Retail Outlet location at the Twelve Oaks Center Court Guest Services Desk), by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com/wicked or www.broadwayindetroit.com and at the Fisher Theatre and Detroit Opera House box offices.
Posted: Nov. 20, 2014 at 8:53 a.m.
ROCHESTER - Meadow Brook Theatre will host Tommy James and The Shondells on July 18, 2015 for the theater's fundraising event, "Black Tie on the Blacktop." The evening includes a pre-glow reception, strolling dinner and one-night-only concert with the band. The fundraiser will kick-off Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th anniversary celebration, and all proceeds will benefit the theater.
Tommy James and the Shondells have sold over 100 million records and have been awarded 23 gold singles and nine gold and platinum albums. The group will be performing such hits as "Crimson And Clover," "Mony Mony," "Hanky Panky," "Crystal Blue Persuasion," "I Think We're Alone Now" and "Draggin' The Line."
"We're so excited to have this amazing group performing at our event," said Cheryl Marshall, managing director. "This is going to be an evening no one will want to miss. We're going to have this fantastic band, food trucks, classic cars and more!"
Audiences can enjoy a pre-concert reception with strolling food and wine beginning at 6 p.m., with the concert performance at 8 p.m. Attire for the event is black-tie, creative–flip flops and cocktail dresses, tuxedo t-shirts, sneakers or keep it classic – the choice is yours!
The show and pre-glow will both be at Meadow Brook Theatre, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester, MI 48309. Tickets range from $85 to $125, with exclusive early sponsorship opportunities available. All proceeds benefit the theater.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 248-377-3300, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Meadow Brook Theater box office.
Early sponsors of the event include the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild, Michelle's Bio-Tech Linen Services and Lincoln of Troy, as well as Callahan Muffler & Brake, Gary & Nancy Greve, Tim & Mary Caughlin, Holly Powell & Gus Kott and Manny's Liquor Shoppe.
Meadow Brook Theatre, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on philanthropy, is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. For sponsorship information, or more information about this event or MBT please visit www.mbtheatre.com or call 248-377-3300.
Posted: Nov. 19, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.
EAST LANSING - High School students across the state are invited to submit a one-act play to be juried in the 19th Annual Young Playwright's Festival. The Young Playwrights Festival is a collaboration between MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center and the MSU Department of Theatre.
Twelve semifinalists are chosen, and from those 12 the jury will select the six finalists whose plays will be produced. The six finalists will be assigned a professional theater mentor who will assist the playwright with revising their play. Each finalist will receive a $200 award and a staged production of their play performed by the MSU Department of Theatre at Wharton Center. The other six semifinalists will receive a $100 award.
To enter students must complete an application available online at www.whartoncenter.com/ypf. All entries must be postmarked by Monday, Dec. 1 to be included in this year's festival.
On Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2 p.m. in Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre, the six finalist's plays will be performed. The performance is free and open to the public with first-come, first-served seating. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. A second performance is scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. for high school students. All high schools are invited to attend. Reservations for the Monday school show must be made in advance by contacting Laurie Briseño of Wharton Center's Education Department at 517-884-3141.
Professional mentors for 2015 include: Seth Gordon, associate artistic director, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Joe Giardiana, theatre artist, New York City; Stephen Skiles, Xavier University; Pam Sterling, associate professor of theater, Arizona State University; Carol North, former artistic director at Metro Theatre of St. Louis; and Edward Daranyi, resident teaching artist/theater director, Stratford Festival of Canada.
Please contact Laurie Briseño at 517-884-3141 with any questions.
The 19th Annual Young Playwrights Festival is made possible in part by Mid-Michigan MRI, the MSU Department of Radiology and Wharton Center Inner Circle.
Posted: Nov. 19, 2014 at 8:35 a.m.
DETROIT - Make your holiday dreams come true with "Detroit's Got Cirque Dreams Talent." Cirque Dreams is looking for Detroit's best aspiring talent to feature on-stage with a customized role during their "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" spectacular at the Fox Theatre, Tuesday, Dec. 16 through Saturday, Dec. 20 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series.
The winner of "Detroit's Got Cirque Dreams Talent" will work with Cirque Dreams professionals, be featured in "Cirque Dreams Holidaze," showcase their talent in a starring role and perform in a custom designed costume. Additionally, the winner will receive four complimentary tickets for the Tuesday, Dec. 16 show at 8 p.m. and a special discount to share with friends and family.
An online casting call is now open until Sunday, Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Aspiring acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, dancers, singers and any performer with a special talent who has ever dreamed of performing in a Broadway show is encouraged to audition for the chance to share the stage with the internationally renowned Cirque Dreams company.
Contestants should email their video submissions to email@example.com. Submission videos should be no larger than 25MB. The subject line of the email should be "(Your Name) Cirque Dreams Submission," and the body of the message should include your name, age, home city and explanation of why you would be a great candidate for "Detroit's Got Cirque Dreams Talent". Please do not include contact information, as it will be posted to YouTube. Email contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A winner will be selected and notified the week of Dec. 1. The winner must arrange their own transportation to and from the theater and be available for rehearsals Tuesday, Dec. 16.
For complete contest rules, visit www.olympiaentertainment.com/dreams.
Created and directed by world-renowned circus impresario and Broadway director, Neil Goldberg, "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" is the perfect holiday gift for families and audiences of all ages. It's a new cirque show, Broadway musical and family Christmas spectacular all in one!
This year's production at Fox Theatre is one of three tours performing in over 50 cities throughout the United States before "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" opens in New York 2015. For more Fox Theatre event information, please visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.
Posted: Nov. 18, 2014 at 9:04 a.m.
WILLIAMSTON - Williamston Theatre will present "Holiday Jazz: A Fundraiser for the Williamston Theatre" on Tuesday, Dec. 9. All tickets are $50 and are now on sale. A pre-concert reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
"We're really excited about this event," said artistic director Tony Caselli. "We love it when we can find ways to showcase the talents of amazing musical artists on our stage. It's going to be a terrific concert, and will really get the audience in the holiday spirit."
The performers will be LSO Jazz Band Members Ed Fedewa on bass, Jeff Kressler on keyboard and Joe Luloff on saxophone. They will be joined by vocalist Elizabeth Kunc. The program will include favorite holiday songs interpreted in the jazz style.
Ticket holders are invited to arrive at the theater one hour before the concert begins for a reception of wine and light hors d'ouevres with the staff and board of the theater.
The Williamston Theatre is a professional, non-profit live theater located in Downtown Williamston. In September, the American Theatre Wing recognized it as one of the 12 most promising young theaters in the country with its National Theatre Company Grant Award. Its upcoming production is "Miracle on South Division Street" by Tom Dudzick, running Nov. 28 – Dec. 28.
Tickets to "Holiday Jazz" may be purchased by calling the Williamston Theatre box office at 517-655-7469 during regular box office hours, or online at www.williamstontheatre.org. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and one and one-half hours before each show time.
Go Comedy! Improv Theater
Nov. 20 - Dec. 28, 2014
The current Go Comedy! Resident Cast.
Posted: Nov. 17, 2014 at 11:46 a.m.
FERNDALE - As Go Comedy! celebrated its six-year anniversary on Nov. 13, the award-winning improv theater is putting the final touches on its sixth original holiday show, "Hashtag The Holidays," opening Thursday, Nov. 20.
In the fall of 2008, the former Ferndale Secretary of State office was transformed into Go Comedy! Improv Theater - a catalyst for hundreds of original shows, a robust improv academy and an incubator for innovation, inspiration and integrity. Today, Go Comedy! is home for hundreds of improvisers, at least 30 improv troupes, and a weekly schedule of award-winning programming that has garnered local and national recognition.
The theater's signature show continues to be "The Go Comedy! All Star Showdown," which has played on Friday and Saturday nights continually for six years. Featuring members of the Go Comedy! resident company, "The All Star Showdown" puts two teams of improvisers in an improv competition tailored to challenge their abilities, think on their feet and give audiences a roaring good time. The cast also plays for audience members who take home fabulous prizes when their team wins. It's a night of hilarious laughs and great times! Tickets are $18
As it has done for the last five years, Go Comedy! is set to skewer all things festive in its newest original comedy, "Hashtag The Holidays." From family gatherings to obligatory company holiday parties, no hall is left undecked and no stocking unstuffed in this hilarious holiday romp. Written by and featuring RJ Cach, James Cerini, Suzie Jacokes, Tim Kay, Heather Sejnowski and Dez Walker with additional writing by Lisa Jacokes, Peter Jacokes and Aaron Johnstone, "Hashtag The Holidays" is directed by Pj Jacokes and Tommy LeRoy, with assistance from Aaron Johnstone. Performance times are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings Nov. 20 - Dec. 20. Tickets ($20) are on sale now.
Go Comedy! is bringing back last season's hilarious original comedy "Frosty!" Wednesday evenings in December. It has been 10 years since the children from the small town of Armonk have seen their friend Frosty the snowman. And now they are home from college, on winter break, during the first snow fall of the season. Frosty returns from the North Pole to find the kids have grown up into young adults, and things are not quite as simple as they once were. This original late night show is written by Erik Heilner and Andrew Seiler. "Frosty" appears Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 & 17. Tickets ($10) are on sale now.
Tickets for all Go Comedy! shows ($5-$20) are available now online at www.gocomedy.net and beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday - Sunday in person at the Go Comedy! box office.
Go Comedy! Improv Theater is located at 261 East Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, MI 48220.
Go Comedy! weekly schedule: November & December
Wednesday, Nov. 19
8 p.m. - Fuzzballs Comedy with Puppets ($10)
9 p.m. - Go Labs: Beta Testing ($7)
10 p.m. - StandProv, improvised stand up comedy ($5)
Wednesday, Nov. 26
8 p.m. - Hangover's Eve ($10), special evening featuring the improv troupe Eye Candy and others.
Wednesdays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17
8 p.m. - Frosty ($10)
9 p.m. - Go Labs: Beta Testing ($7)
10 p.m. StandProv ($5)
Thursdays, Nov. 20, Dec. 4, 11 & 18
8 p.m. - Hashtag The Holidays ($20)
Go Comedy! will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Fridays, Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12 & 19
8 p.m. - Hashtag The Holiday ($20)
10 p.m. - The Go Comedy! All Star Showdown ($18)
12 a.m. - Name This Show (free)
Saturdays, Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13 & 20
8 p.m. - Hashtag The Holiday ($20)
10 p.m. - The Go Comedy! All Star Showdown ($18)
12 a.m. - Name This Show (free)
Sundays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28
Sundays are $10 in advance or pay-what-you-can at the door
7 p.m. - Fresh Sauce, Go Comedy!'s open improv jam
8 p.m. - The Sunday Buffet, featuring the area's best improv troupes and weekly drink specials at the Go! Bar
10 p.m. - A Couple After Ten
Go Comedy! will be closed on Nov. 23
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