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Open Book Theatre’s new season opens September 16 in new performance space

PreviewSeason AnnouncementYouth/Family August 27, 2016 Encore Staff

Open Book Theatre Company’s first production of their third season is Peter and the Starcatcher.  The show will also be the first in their new space at 1621 West Road in Trenton.

The show is a theatrical interpretation of the popular books by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  Twelve actors portray over 100 characters in this fast paced production which tells the story of how a nameless orphan boy finds himself on an island, with a new name: Peter Pan.

The show is directed by Open Book Artistic Director Krista Schafer Ewbank of Grosse Ile, and will be performed in the round.  “I was drawn to the wonderful and imaginative storytelling in this play” she explained, “and it’s full of humor and heart.  It’s a great show for children and adults to enjoy together.”

Crews have been hard at work all summer renovating two storefronts for the new space.  “It’s a lot of work, but I’m so excited to have this beautiful new place to tell stories,” Schafer Ewbank said.  “I believe that the telling of stories is how we as humans become known to each other.  We learn about others and ourselves.  It’s the heart of who we are.  Doing that live, in an intimate setting, is magic. That’s theatre.”

Opening night tickets include an after party, and are $30 each.  Tickets for all other performances are $20, or $15 for students and seniors.  Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, at a discount of $3 off each ticket.  Season tickets are also available for $85, or $65 for students and seniors.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.openbooktc.com.  For more information call 734 288-7753.

The rest of the season includes:

Recent Tragic Events by Craig Wright, November 4-19, 2016, directed by Topher Alan Payne. On September 12, 2001, Waverly and Andrew decide to go through with their blind date, despite the obvious shadow caused by the events the day before.  This dark comedy is set amidst the ongoing news coverage of the event, Waverly’s distracted worry over being unable to reach her twin sister in NYC, the invasion of Waverly’s odd neighbors, and a visit from Waverly’s great aunt, Joyce Carol Oates (played by a sock puppet).

Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph, January 13-28, 2017, directed by Topher Alan Payne. When a world-renowned origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his school teacher, she discovers that life and love can’t be arranged neatly in this drama about finding the perfect fold.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin, March 10-25, 2017, directed by Topher Alan Payne. This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy, Martin’s first comedy for the stage, places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.

Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, May 12-27, 2017, directed by Angie Kane Ferrante. In  Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo and this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start.

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