Puzzle Piece Theatre announces 2015-2016 season
Article: 9512; Posted: March 29, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Werewolves, robots, damnation: Puzzle Piece Theatre’s third season packs a punch.
Puzzle Piece Theatre is expanding for the company’s third season – the group will be offering three productions for the first time. “Last year both of our productions received the largest audiences we have had, and both were profitable” said producing artistic director D.B. Schroeder. “What we were hearing as audiences were leaving the theater was a strong desire to shorten the wait between our productions. As an organization we are well positioned to expand our offerings. I couldn’t be more proud of our scrappy company.”
The season will open in the fall of 2015 with the American premiere of London based playwright Matthew Osman’s The Boy Who Cried, directed by Schroeder. In a world where werewolves lurk in the shadows, Sam Elvin has been acting strangely. His concerned mother calls the authorities to help her boy and what follows leads the Elvins down a dark path where nothing will be left the same.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to bring this play to Detroit for its American premiere” offers Schroeder. “The original production was extended and had to transfer to a larger venue when it debuted in London. Our audiences will love it.”
What the critics are saying about The Boy Who Cried:
“When its claws are out, it’s fiercely original and sharply funny.”- Tom Wicker, Time Out
“A paranormal mystery with some ‘bite’!”- Michael Davis, Everything Theatre
The rise of technology sometimes has unexpected consequences. The rise of the machine has begun. The Robot revolution is here! In the winter of 2016, Puzzle Piece Theatre will bring a fresh take to the Modern Theater classic Rossum’s Universal Robots by Karel Čapek. For Puzzle Piece, D.B. Schroeder will bring the story to life with a high-energy production and comic book intensity. The robots will try their best to thwart the group’s plans but Puzzle Piece will answer mightily!
Faith will be tested in the spring of 2016 when the story of a troubled novice nun is brought to light. Agnes of God by John Pielmeier closes the company’s third season and will be directed by associate artistic director Laura Heikkinen. Agnes has given birth and possibly killed her newborn baby. A psychiatrist and the convent’s mother superior seek answers to many challenging questions as they investigate what has occurred.
With their third season, Puzzle Piece Theatre continues to bring its brand of fresh, bold, and provocative theater to Detroit.
For more information about Puzzle Piece Theatre’s upcoming season, visit their website at www.puzzlestage.org.