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Three Michigan premieres in PN’s upcoming season

Season Announcement April 24, 2015

Article: 9630; Posted: April 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

Performance Network of Ann Arbor is thrilled to announce their 2015­2016 Season. Surmounting a myriad of challenges since a temporary shutdown a year ago the company will be leading off their new season in October with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee.

The second season by the new management team features three Michigan premieres­­ two of which are world premieres and a co­production with Williamston Theatre. In addition to the five­play season, the Network is again offering two seasonal productions running in repertory over the holiday season.

Performance Network’s 2015­2016 season (titles subject to change):

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee: October 1–­November 1, 2015. A dark comedy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games. Wit and wisdom are bandied back and forth in a comedic and poignant repartee. By the evening’s end, a stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years. New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Tony Award for Best Play. Written by Edward Albee. Directed by Suzi Regan.

“Constellations” by Nick Payne: January 14–­February 14, 2016. One relationship. Infinite possibilities. In the beginning Marianne and Roland meet at a party. They go for a drink, or perhaps they don’t. Or perhaps Roland is engaged. Maybe they get married, or maybe their time together will be tragically short. Nick Payne’s Constellations is a play about free will and friendship; it’s also about quantum physics, string theory, love, and honey. A Michigan premiere fresh from it’s critically acclaimed run on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club. Written by Nick Payne. Directed by Suzi Regan.

“The Othello Principle” an adaptation by James Bowen and John Manfredi: March 10–­April 10, 2016. Othello is the greatest soldier of his age. A general, a leader of men and a fearsome defender of Venice against its enemies. But his success has created enemies, those that consider him an outsider and are driven by ignorance and jealousy to destroy him. This new telling of Shakespeare’s tragedy adapted by Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s playwright in residence, James Bowen, and the Network’s Executive Director, John Manfredi, travels through time as it explores the universal themes of love, pride and prejudice. Directed by John Manfredi.

“Summer Retreat” by Annie Martin: May 5­–June 5, 2016. Amy arrives at a secluded cottage to complete a secret mission in the name of her old friend Nancy. But when the rest of her friends find out will they stand in her way? Hilarious barbs fly around in the dusty air as the situation becomes more complicated by the minute. This unplanned trip will keep you laughing as childhood oaths test the bonds of adult friendships. World premiere. Written by Annie Martin. Directed by Suzi Regan.

“Pulp” by Joseph Zettelmaier: June 23­–July 24, 2016. PI Frank Ellery doesn’t know it, but he’s taken on the strangest case of his life. A literary agent has been gruesomely murdered. The four suspects: his remaining clients, all writers for different pulp magazines. Frank dives into the mystery, and his world turns upside down as life begins to imitate literature. Science fiction, romance, adventure, horror…and one down­on­his­luck gumshoe who’s about to learn what really lurks between the lines. NNPN Rolling World Premiere. Written by Joseph Zettelmaier. Directed by Joey Albright.

Holiday productions (not included in five­play season subscription):

“Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story” by Tim Rhoze: November 24–­December 17, 2015. This play reveals the man inside the entertainer who became known as “Mr. Wonderful” the Greatest Entertainer of his time. The play is set in 1989 shortly before his death. Mr. Davis reflects on the tragic car accident that took his eye, and other milestones in his life from the highest highs, to the lowest lows, and a few things hanging out in between. Not to be missed, Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story will entertain and move you through the full spectrum of emotions. Straight from its critically acclaimed sold­out run in Chicago. Michigan premiere. Written and directed by Network favorite Tim Rhoze.

“Dickens: An A Capella Carol” by Charles Dickens: November 27­–December 20, 2015. A mysterious story teller accompanied only by a quartet of holiday carolers creates a highly entertaining and theatrical telling of the classic story A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption comes to life in this enchanting production filled with jubilant musical numbers, plenty of “Bah Humbugs” and Scrooge’s joyful transformation. Join in the holiday spirit as carolers perform classic songs of the season before and after each performance. Written by Charles Dickens. Directed by Beth Torrey.
Subscription renewals have begun and single tickets will go on sale August 1, 2015. Subscription sales will open to the public in June, and range in price from $107 to $187. For information on productions and events at the Network or to donate, please go to www.pntheatre.org or call the box office at 734­663­0681. Performance Network Theatre is located at 120 E. Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104.

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