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World premiere at Theatre Nova in October; tickets on sale August 26

Preview August 23, 2016 Encore Staff

ANN ARBOR—Native Detroit actor and playwright, Timothy Campos returns to the stage with the world premiere of his new one-person show Screw It: Doin’ Time on the Line at Ann Arbor’s Theatre Nova for a limited one-week engagement, October 27 – 30.

Directed by Antoine McKay, a leading director and actor from the Midwestthe show chronicles Campos’ near decade of personal experiences working the assembly line for Ford Motor Company in both Saline, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois. Campos performs over fifty unique characters in this hilarious and poignant fast-paced show. Screw It: Doin’ Time on the Line is a daring solo performance that gives a glimpse into the factories of one of America’s largest companies. Campos takes the audience on a no holds barred adventure as he shares his intimate portrait of the factory life.

In Screw It: Doin’ Time on the Line, twenty-seven-year-old actor Tim returns home to Detroit financially broke after performing his play in Los Angeles. Like many others in the Motor City, he takes a job with Ford Motor Company to recoup his finances and to move out of his sister’s house. His ‘one-year and done’ promise to himself turns into nearly a decade after he reaps the benefits of a steady paycheck and a job where he can manipulate the system. Tim treats the assembly line like a stage, using daily doses of pranks and absurdity to keep from going insane, all the while trying to figure out the perfect escape from the factory life.

The show contains explicit language and sensitive themes throughout.

Screw It: Doin’ Time on the Line features original music by Ryan Bentley & Erik Yedinak (current Ford Chicago Assembly Plant worker), Ray Smetana (former Ford Saline Parts Plant worker now working at Dearborn Truck) and Punish Mode featuring Charles Johnson (former Ford Saline Parts Plant worker). Lighting design is by John Jakary and sound design is by Ken Faulk.

Tickets are $15.00 and go on sale August 26 at the Theatre Nova box office and online at www.artful.ly/theatre-nova. Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00.


  • Thursday, October 27, there will be an opening reception following the performance.
  • Friday, October 28, contributing musician Ray Semtana will perform an acoustic set after the performance.
  • Saturday, October 29, Kelly Campos, former mainstage performer for Second City Detroit, will perform an acoustic set featuringguitar and the djembe, an African hand drum, after the performance.
  • Sunday, October 30, there will be a talk back following the performance.
  • At each performance, several of Campos’ photographs will be on exhibit in the lobby from his series, The Road Ahead, as well as his self-published photography books, The Road Ahead and Chasing Smokestacks.