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Posted: Dec. 5, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.
ANN ARBOR - Performance Network Theatre's Fireside New Play Festival returns with its latest installment of four of the hottest new plays in the country, performed for the first time on a Michigan stage on Sunday, Dec. 15 through Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Audiences can sample works by U.M. grad and Chicago playwright Steven Simoncic, Louisville playwright Diana Grisanti, Chicago playwright Reina Hardy, and Michigan playwright Linda Ramsay-Detherage (author of the March FNPF hit "Sugarhill.")
In its 13-year history, the Fireside New Play Festival has launched over 20 plays to full productions across the country. The Festival consists of a series of staged readings, where actors, having rehearsed for just 10 hours, read from the scripts to present a playwright's new work. There is a talk-back held after each performance to gather feedback for the playwright. Staged readings of scripts in development give audiences the first look at promising new American plays, and with post-show feedback sessions after each reading, the comments may even help to shape their future.
PNT associate artistic director and literary manager Carla Milarch said, "I'm beyond thrilled with the four plays we've selected for the December Festival. We received a record number of submissions this time, and Fireside audiences are in for a real treat. From a searing drama about race and memory, to a play where a star literally steps out of the sky to ask a character to a party, these are some of the most unique and moving new plays in America today."
Admission to The Fireside New Play Festival is pay-what-you-can. Reservations can be made by calling the Performance Network Box Office at 734-663-0681, online at www.performancenetwork.org, or at Performance Network Theatre (120 East Huron St., Ann Arbor, 48104) Monday – Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Performance Schedule: The Fireside New Play Festival
Broken Fences by Steven Simoncic
Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.
As a West Side Chicago neighborhood gentrifies, property taxes rise and Hoody and D struggle to keep the only home they have ever known. But when April and Czar buy the house next door, the very definition of home is called into question.
Steven Simoncic's plays have received productions, readings and workshops at The Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, The Second City, Pegasus Players, The Baruch Center for the Performing Arts, Stageplays Theatre New York, and The Soho Theatre in London. Steven is currently a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists Theatre and the Writer in Residence at 16th Street Theatre. He has written several short films, been nominated for a Pushcart prize, and has recently won an Emmy. Steven holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, an M.F.A. in fiction from Warren Wilson College, and an M.L.A. from the University of Chicago. Steven's play "Broken Fences" was selected as a finalist for both The Road Theatre's Summer Playwrights Festival in Los Angeles, and Stage Left Theatre's 2013 LeapFest in Chicago.
River City by Diana Grisanti
Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.
Shaken by her father's death, Mary sets off to uncover three generations' worth of secrets buried in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. River City charts Mary's discoveries, which span four decades, and investigate race, memory, and the ghosts that haunt one American family.
Diana Grisanti is a Louisville, Kentucky native. She was a nominee for the Wasserstein Prize and a runner-up for the Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel Award for her play "Semantics," and is the inaugural recipient of the Marsha Norman Spirit of Achievement Lilly Award. Her short play "Post Wave Spectacular" was produced in the 2010 Humana Festival, and her musical "Richie Farmer Will Have His Revenge on Durham" (written with the fabulous composer/lyricist Matt Schatz) was Best of Fest in Austin's Frontera Fest. Diana received her B.A. from the University of Iowa and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in playwriting and fiction at UT Austin's Michener Center for Writers. Before relocating to Texas, she lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she worked as a teacher and translator
Old Bones by Linda Ramsay-Detherage
Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
When famed anthropologist Richard Rutherford dies, his daughters Millie, the glamorous host of a National Geographic television show, and Marie, a sensible physics professor, come home to make peace with his memory, and with each other. The secrets they uncover may put his discoveries to shame.
Linda Ramsay-Detherage is a freelance writer from Detroit, Michigan. Her first play, "The Sunday Punch," was produced in 2011 at the Planet Ant Theatre in Detroit. It was subsequently nominated for a Wilde Award for Best New Play in Michigan 2011. Her second play, "Sugarhill," was completed in November, 2012, and received its first professional staged reading at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan in March, 2013, and is currently slated for another professional reading in the spring of 2014. In addition to writing plays and other projects, Linda has worked as a professional actor. She lives in the Lakes Area north of Detroit, and is active in promoting the arts.
The Claire Play by Reina Hardy
Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
Claire Leverrier, a poet haunted by the death of her childhood crush, reveals the secrets of the universe using a bicycle light and puppets. "The Claire Play" is a romance. Or is it a metaphor? Either way, Claire might never recover once a star steps down from the sky and invites her to a party.
Reina Hardy is a playwright from Chicago who recently fetched up in Texas. She's a Michener Fellow at UT Austin, a 2013 finalist for the Terrence McNally Prize, the recipient of the 2012 Interact 20/20 Commission, and a National New Play Network Playwright. Her plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been seen at Capital Stage Sacramento, Orlando Shakespeare, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference, where Reina was awarded the Holland New Voices Award. This fall, two of her plays premiered in Austin: "Glassheart" with the Shrewds at Salvage Vanguard, and "Stars and Barmen" at the Vortex. She spent part of this summer at the Kennedy Center, workshopping "The Claire Play," which will be seen at the National New Play Showcase in December. Her TYA play, "Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven," will be produced as part of UTNT at UT Austin in February 2014. Reina will return to the Vortex in Fall 2014 for "Changelings" a spectacle about family, fairies and theft.
Wayne S. Brown
DETROIT - Wayne S. Brown, director of music and opera for the National Endowment for the Arts since 1997 and a native Detroiter, has been named president and CEO of the Michigan Opera Theatre effective Jan. 1, 2014. He succeeds Dr. David DiChiera who founded MOT in 1971 and has served as general director of the theater since its inception. DiChiera will remain as artistic director.
"We are thrilled to have a man of Wayne Brown's experience and vision to take over the role that David has so capably carried out for so many years," said Rick Williams, MOT chairman. "And we are delighted that David will continue as artistic director, the role that's always been closest to his heart."
DiChiera announced in February that he planned to step down from his role as general director to focus on the artistic and production side of the theater. A search committee, including DiChiera, has been reviewing and interviewing candidates for the position since that time. Brown is the committee's unanimous and enthusiastic choice to join David as the organization moves into the next chapter in its development.
"We considered a variety of candidates with a variety of backgrounds, candidates from across the country, and none of them equaled Wayne's level of experience and enthusiasm for the job. He has a glittering professional record, is a nationally recognized and respected figure in the arts community, and is as thrilled to be coming home to Detroit as we are to have him," Williams said.
In addition to managing grants for music and opera projects at the NEA, Brown directed the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships, the nation's highest honor in jazz. Prior to his affiliation with the NEA, he served as producer of music programs for the Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta, where he managed music events associated with the 1996 Olympic Games. He also is a former executive director of the Louisville Orchestra and was a founding member of the Magic in Music advisory committee for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Brown began his career with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he was instrumental in bringing about the DSO's first annual Classical Roots Concert. He is a graduate of the Music School at the University of Michigan.
"Coming home to Michigan to be part of the city's transformation and to work side-by-side with a legend like David DiChiera is a huge honor for me," said Brown. "It's an opportunity of a lifetime, and I look forward to building on the enormous strides David, the board and the staff have made in making MOT one of the premier opera companies in the United States. I can't wait to get started."
"This is a win-win situation for Wayne, for David, for MOT and for the city of Detroit," Williams said. "David has been the inspiration and the power behind MOT for decades, and we're blessed that he wants to continue to play an active role. Having Wayne here to lead the team, direct day-to-day operations, and build the plan for the future was our major priority and will allow David to focus on the part of the business he loves most. We couldn't have asked for a better outcome."
Underscoring the enthusiasm over today's announcement, Marc Scorca, president of Opera America, said, "The appointment of Wayne Brown as president and CEO of Michigan Opera Theatre is tremendously exciting. Wayne will arrive at the company with an established national reputation, an incomparable knowledge of artistic trends and best management practices, and an unparalleled level of goodwill among his opera colleagues. He has a long-standing commitment to Detroit and its cultural community and will build on the strong foundation laid by David DiChiera."
Look for an interview with Wayne Brown sometime this weekend.
Michael Brian Ogden and Matthew Gwynn in The Purple Rose Theatre Company's world premiere production of "The Meaning of Almost Everything" by Jeff Daniels. Photo: Sean Carter Photography
CHELSEA - The Purple Rose Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that Jeff Daniels' "The Meaning of Almost Everything" has been recommended for consideration for the American Theatre Critics Association's annual ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, honoring new scripts produced outside of New York City in the calendar year 2013.
"The Meaning of Almost Everything" premiered at the PRTC in January 2013. With elements of slapstick, vaudeville, tragedy and farce, this exuberant romp of a play explores the pain and the joy of human existence. The story follows two men, "A" and "B," who exist in an undefined place and time, a place of safety and comfort, but also a place where nothing happens. One man wants to remain. The other isn't so sure. Though their feats are daring (and sometimes cowardice), they stumble through the darkness to find the big answers to life's big questions. This comedy questions the nature of our world and the absurdity of it all.
When asked about the impetus for "The Meaning of Almost Everything," playwright Jeff Daniels explains, "I've never been one to think whatever may come after this life will be better. One can always hope and pray and believe, sure, but given the choice between the known and the unknown, frankly, it seems a lot of us would rather just stay put, thank you very much. That's the 'What if...?' that drove the writing on this one. How do we turn this life of ours into an everlasting one? Forget leaving a legacy or living on in other people's memories; I mean staying put. Right here, right now, forever and ever. That it doesn't work that way is the conflict in the play. And in us."
The American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award dates back to 1977. Any play receiving its professional premiere as a finished work outside of New York City is eligible for nomination, as long as it hasn't opened in New York by the end of the calendar year. Plays are nominated for the Steinberg/ATCA Award by ATCA members. Scripts are then read and honorees selected by a large committee of critics from different regions of the country, and the recent practice has been to announce the awards at the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors' Theatre of Louisville. Many ATCA Award selections have gone on to major off-Broadway or Broadway productions, and many have received subsequent other awards.
This is Daniels' third ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award nomination. He was also nominated for his plays "Guest Artist" (2006) and "Across the Way" (2002). "The Meaning of Almost Everything" is also the seventh nomination for plays premiering at the PRTC. Other nominations include "Guest Artist" by Jeff Daniels (2006), "Leaving Iowa" by Tim Clue & Spike Manton (2003), "Across the Way" by Jeff Daniels (2002), "Rain Dance" by Lanford Wilson (2001), "The Hole by Wendy Hammond" (1999), and "Book of Days" by Lanford Wilson (1998). "Book of Days" by Lanford Wilson won the prestigious New Play Award in 1999.
PRTC artistic director Guy Sanville has had the honor of directing six out of the seven ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award nominated plays that premiered at The Purple Rose. "Working on new plays is the most important part of our mission. To create new work with the likes of Jeff Daniels, Lanford Wilson and so many others has been my life's work and greatest honor," says Sanville.
Dinosaur Zoo Live
March 12-16, 2014
Posted: Dec. 4, 2013 at 7:50 a.m.
DETROIT - Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., in association with TCG Entertainment, ArKtype and East Bank Entertainment, are pleased to confirm that you're not imagining things – there's an undeniable rumble and a far off roar, which is indeed the arrival of Erth's "Dinosaur Zoo Live." Created in Australia, the immensely popular, international theater attraction will play Detroit's Fisher Theatre for 10 shows only, March 12 - 16, 2014. Don't miss this chance to experience what life was like amongst these giant creatures! Tickets will go on sale Dec. 6.
Erth's "Dinosaur Zoo Live" is an experiential theater production that takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they get to meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet millions of years ago. Featuring a large-scale cast of dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design and theatrical presentation and puppet mastery, these life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology in a fun and informative setting. This monster production will feature 16 dinosaurs on stage: Children can watch and learn, but can also interact with the creatures in this fun, educational and unique presentation.
Erth's "Dinosaur Zoo Live" is both entertaining and educational. The Sydney Morning Herald says, "It's a rare and pleasurable work that manages technical brilliance, cultural insight and enchantment all in one go."
Erth's "Dinosaur Zoo Live" is the creation of one of Australia's most innovative and creative companies, Erth Visual & Physical, Inc., who bring the impossible to life. For over 21 years, the company has developed a truly fantastic aesthetic and an extraordinary box of tricks, which now serves as the foundations of its unique visual and physical theater work. Their work ranges from large-scale interactive environments such as "The Garden," a prehistoric landscape inhabited by giant insects which premiered at the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, to more intimate in-theater work and roving spectaculars. The company regularly tours internationally, and more than a million people have seen its dinosaurs in museums and in performance works such as Radio Lab's "Apocalyptical," "Dinosaur Petting Zoo," and "Dinosaur Zoo Live."
Erth's "Dinosaur Zoo Live" is directed by Scott Wright, the co-founder of Erth Visual and Physical Inc. and its artistic director since inception in 1990. He trained as a dancer and choreographer in Victoria, Australia, and is a multi-skilled artist incorporating puppetry (one of his greatest loves), movement, acting, aerial, stilts and pyrotechnics. During this period, Scott steered the company through many twists and turns, creating a successful national and international touring profile. Scott has directed most of Erth's successful touring shows, and worked with a large variety of national and international companies and institutions, individual artists and community groups. Scott is currently focusing on the survival of indigenous folklore, exploring how ancient stories can be retrieved and presented to new audiences. This exploration takes him to remote communities throughout Australia, to meet with elders, learning and developing methods in which puppetry can tell stories of ancient creatures and landscapes.
The dinosaurs and other creature puppets, as well as the flora and fauna that make up the set, are designed by Steve Howarth, a founding and full-time member of Erth. From the Erth studio workshop he supervises a team of artists in the creation of the puppets, sets, props, costumes and associated elements that constantly tour the nation and the globe. In this principle role, he has worked with a wide variety of people and organizations, and across numerous media over the past 20 years. The first 15 years were spent performing in, on and dangling from many of the creations that he now devotes his full time to building. Now off stage, he oversees the daily production of giant, teeth-gnashing dinosaurs and inflatable monsters that live alongside traditional fine arts and textiles work, and increasingly, he is incorporating new disciplines such as digital animation. Steve recently directed his first work "Taniwha!" for Auckland Museum in New Zealand, where he worked closely with indigenous storytellers weaving together threads of Maori folklore which was then presented by live actors, puppets, and projection. Steve also mentors design students from several tertiary institutions and assists emerging artists in the implementation of their respective crafts.
The North American tour of Erth's "Dinosaur Zoo Live" is produced by TCG Entertainment, ArKtype and East Bank Entertainment. The production team is rounded out by Sharon Kerr, executive director at Erth Visual & Physical, and Anna Young, general manager at Erth Visual & Physical. Erth's technical manager Phil Downing designed the sound, lighting and video.
The cast of "Dinosaur Zoo Live" will be hosted on stage by emcee and "Paleontologist" Aimee Louisanne. Kelley Selznick serves as a "Zookeeper" and puppeteer, Hallie Goodman and Anthony Orefice are "Zookeepers" and puppeteers who also operate the large dinosaur puppets. Jackson Eather serves as the show's swing performer.
Performance times for Erth's "Dinosaur Zoo Live," appearing for 10 shows only, March 12 – 16, 2014 at Detroit's Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., in Detroit, are:
Tickets range from $19 to $39 and will go on sale Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com, and at the Fisher Theatre box office. A limited number of $49 premium seats, which include safari hats, will be available through Ticketmaster and at the box office. For group sales (10 or more) please call 313-871-1132. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
Posted: Dec. 2, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.; updated Dec. 4, 2013 at 3:56 p.m.
Children's author Michael Morpurgo once said "they must be mad" to try to make a play from his best-selling 1982 novel, "War Horse." While that might have been true, the result was anything but, as the 2007 debut of the stage play at the Olivier Theatre in London started a journey that earned the show numerous 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play - and a special award to Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company for their unique creations that have wowed audiences worldwide.
Handspring Puppet Company's executive director Basil Jones talked recently with host Barton Bund about the creation of the giant, mesmerizing puppets used in The National Theatre of London's "War Horse," coming to Detroit's Fisher Theater Dec. 17 through Jan. 5. But first, Bund and co-host Donald V. Calamia discuss the 2013 Christmas Holiday Season at theaters throughout the state.
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MythBusters: Behind the Myths
Dec. 8. 2013
Posted: Dec. 1, 2013 at 5:50 p.m.
DETROIT – The all-new, live show "MythBusters: Behind the Myths" starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series "MythBusters," will return to Detroit's historic Fox Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. for one performance only, locally presented by AT&T.
"MythBusters: Behind the Myths" presents a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. With this show, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approach to science.
"MythBusters: Behind the Myths" brings you face-to-face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam, as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience. In 2012, the show performed 28-city national tour playing sold out performances all over the country.
One of the Discovery Channel's most highly regarded and watched series, "MythBusters" is now in its 10th season. Co-hosted by Hyneman and Savage, "MythBusters" mixes scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create its own signature style of explosive experimentation – and the supporting or de-bunking of urban myths that we live with day to day.
Adam and Jamie have become spokespersons at large for applying science to real life – most recently as hosts of the Discovery Channel special "iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World," and have appeared on numerous shows, including "Late Show with David Letterman," "Good Morning America," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "The Colbert Report," NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition," "Countdown with Keith Olberman," and many more. They were invited to participate in Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Fear And/Or Sanity and have received the Young Artist Award for inspiring young people in the interest of science. "MythBusters" has been invited to participate on a panel at Comic-Con, where their appearances have sold-out four years running.
Tickets ($35, $45, $55.50 and $150) are on sale 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.
For additional information, call 313-471-6611.
Tibbits Opera House
Dec. 8, 2013
Posted: Nov. 30, 2013 at 2:20 p.m.
COLDWATER – The magical world of marionettes will captivate children and families as Tibbits presents Stevens Puppets and its tale of "Rumplestiltskin" on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
This fast-paced tale is an action-filled, rhyming rendition of the classic story. It follows the Miller as he weaves a web of lies to convince the King that his daughter can spin straw into gold. Enter the outrageously outspoken and never happy villain, Rumplestiltskin, whose preposterous demands create even more mayhem in the land of 'Stiltskin. Stevens Puppets is known for including a touch of humor and authenticity to its tales as well as a few surprises with its one-of-a-kind marionettes.
Begun in 1933 by Martin Stevens, Stevens Puppets has entertained and amazed audiences across the United States and Canada as well as internationally. The company, now owned by Dan Raynor, still tours many of the original shows with the original puppets. The marionettes were authentically created in the traditional old-world style. These magical wooden figures masterfully tell classic fairy tales and stories from children's literature.
Zan and Dan Raynor will be the puppeteers for the performance. They have been with Stevens Puppets since 1993, and both bring extensive theater backgrounds both onstage and off. Their love of theater began when they were in high school, and they both have acted and directed professionally all over the country.
Zan does all the new carving for Stevens Puppets, and restores the original Stevens marionettes; Dan does the performing. Some of the marionettes date back to 1949. They have five wonderful children who are also involved in the many of the shows.
Tickets are $7 and available at www.Tibbits.org, and at the Tibbits office at 93 West Chicago Street.
Tibbits Opera Houase is lopcated at 14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater, MI 49036. For more information, call Tibbits at 517-278-6029.
Detroit Opera House
Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2014
Posted: Nov. 29, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.
DETROIT - The national tour of the explosive Broadway hit "American Idiot," called "wonderfully raucous" and "emotionally charged" by The New York Times and "flat-out electrifying" by the Boston Globe, will return to Detroit Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 at The Detroit Opera House. Tickets start at $34 and will go on sale Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.
"American Idiot," a 2010 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical and 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award-winner Mayer ("Spring Awakening").
The acclaimed creative team also includes choreography by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett ("Black Watch") and orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt ("Next to Normal").The Tony Award-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and the Tony Award-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams will also be featured in the tour.
Winner of two Tony Awards, "American Idiot" is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances and with the hope embodied by a new generation, "American Idiot" has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre (March 2010 - April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.
"Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day's songs, including many they are already familiar with and love," said Tom Hulce, producer. "This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe and Green Day's wonderfully lush score," he added.
The musical features the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track "American Idiot" from Green Day's 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day's 2009 release "21st Century Breakdown," and an unreleased love song, "When It's Time."
"American Idiot" premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times calling the show "the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade" and the Toronto Star naming it "the first great musical of the 21st century!"
Performance times for "American Idiot," appearing Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2014 at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway St., in Detroit, are:
Tickets for "American Idiot" range from $34 - $69 and will go on sale Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10:00 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com and in person at the Detroit Opera House Box Office. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. at the Fisher Theatre box office on Monday, Dec. 2. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the box office. For group sales (10 or more) please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-871-1132.
Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
For more information, visit www.broadwayindetroit.com.
Posted: Nov. 27, 2013 at 5:48 a.m.
DETROIT - As part of its mission to reestablish and expand Detroit's theater community, Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company is now accepting submissions of plays by Michigan natives or current Michigan residents to stage as part of a festival to take place March 21-23, 2014.
The past five staged reading festivals have provided constructive venues in which to workshop new plays, and six plays read in the festivals have subsequently been produced by local companies or are slated for production in 2014: "The Current" (Sean Paraventi; Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company), "The Sunday Punch" (Linda Ramsay; Planet Ant Theatre), "Burn the Red Banner: Or, Let the Rebels Have Their Fun" (Franco Vitella; The Abreact), "Soul Mates" (Kirsten Knisely; Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company), "A Play by Franco Vitella" (Franco Vitella; Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company), and "Love is Strange" (Sean Paraventi; Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company).
The festival is a weekend-long event, and scheduling will be determined based on the length and needs of each selected submission. Playwrights are encouraged to submit any works they would like to see read and workshopped by the deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30. Questions and/or submissions should be sent to associate artistic director Matthew Turner Shelton at email@example.com.
Guidelines for submissions:
Playwrights will be notified in writing of the status of their submission(s) by Monday, Jan. 27.
About Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company
The Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company acts to eliminate apathy, violence, prejudice and barriers to education through theater productions, projects and programs; and further acts to reestablish and expand Detroit's theater community.
The Wizard of Oz
Flint Youth Theatre
Dec. 6-22, 2013
Posted: Nov. 26, 2013 at 9:08 a.m.
FLINT – "The Wizard of Oz" is the third production in Flint Youth Theatre's 2013-14 Signature Series and is on stage from Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 22. Filled with well-known songs and beloved characters, this classic musical is a special family experience for the holiday season.
"The Wizard of Oz" is the story of Dorothy's journey from Kansas to Oz and back. Along with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy travels along the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City in search of the great and powerful Oz. "The Wizard of Oz" is written by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics from the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. The production is directed by Rodney Creech, with musical direction by Gary King and choreography by Ashleigh Aaron Tillman.
Speaking about the role "home" plays to an individual's wellness and growth, Creech said, "The journey to Oz has a special place in the hearts of so many people all over the world. 'Home is where the heart is,' and this story continues to resonate with values of family and home. Dorothy had to leave her home to discover the importance of it, but sometimes that's what it takes to understand its true value. It may or may not be where we grew up, but it always calls us back and provides nourishment for our spirits, because home is where we feel safe to be ourselves."
Scenic design for "The Wizard of Oz" is by guest artist Czerton Lim, costume design is by guest artist Amber Cook, and lighting design is by FYT executive artistic director Jeremy Winchester.
Performances of "The Wizard of Oz" are scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m.
An opening night reception will follow the Dec. 6 performance. A conversation with the creative team and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint representatives will follow the Dec. 8 and 13 performances and the Dec. 21 matinee performance.
Performances are at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 East Kearsley Street, in the beautiful Flint Cultural Center.
Advance tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $12 for children, $14 for teens, senior citizens and Veterans and $16 for adults and are available at Flint Youth Theatre, by calling 810-237-1530 or online at www.FlintYouthTheatre.org. Day of performance tickets are $14 for children, $16 for teens, senior citizens and Veterans and $18 for adults.
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