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Matrix announces post-show scheduled for upcoming run of Abbey Fenbert’s “Intentions”

News January 28, 2017 Encore Staff

DETROIT–Matrix Theatre Company has announced special post-show events for its upcoming world premiere production of Intentions by Abbey Fenbert. These events are scheduled to take place after individual performances throughout the run. This additional programming is designed to allow audiences the opportunity to engage with the subjects and themes that the production addresses in a fun and engaging environment. All events are free with the price of admission.

“For a number of seasons, we’ve crafted diverse, exciting post-show events that delight our audiences,” said Megan Buckley-Ball, Artistic Director. “At Matrix, we believe the experience doesn’t end when the lights come up and the show is over; the conversation is just beginning. These events give our audiences unique experiences and help them digest and further explore the production they’ve just witnessed.”

Intentions addresses themes and subjects as varied as balancing our personal needs and wants with others’, identity, environmental sustainability, tolerance, and more. The wide-ranging events will explore these topics in both enjoyable and educational ways.

Opening Night Reception, Friday, February 3: a complimentary reception, sponsored by local bakery, Sister Pie. Mix and mingle with the cast and creative team and discuss the production while enjoying appetizers and desserts.

Growing Tomorrow’s Detroit with The Greening of Detroit, Sunday, February 12: a conversation with staff from local non-profit organization The Greening of Detroit, one of Detroit’s organizational leaders in environmental sustainability. They will lead an informative discussion about their efforts to inspire sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, food, education, training and job opportunities, and share ways to get involved in the effort to make Detroit a better place to live, work, and play.

Self-care Strategies for Life in a Busy World, Saturday, February 18: throughout the play, the characters of Intentions are constantly negotiating what it means to “live deliberately,” which, for them, means paying close attention to the needs of others. At times, though, they focus so much on others’ needs that they ignore their own — a reality to which many of us can relate. Join Bethany Hedden, a social worker with Southwest Solutions and Matrix teaching artist, for this concise, yet informative, post-show workshop where she’ll share strategies for self-care and finding balance in a busy world. The strategies and general advice shared during this event should not be considered professional advice or therapy by anyone in attendance.

Talkback with the Artists, Friday, February 24: actors Samer Ajluni, Emily Harpe, Siena Hassett, Artun Kircali, and Sam Moltmaker, director Molly McMahon, and playwright Abbey Fenbert will sit down with patrons after the show, when audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q and A session and learn more about the making of Matrix’s production ofIntentions.

Intentions runs February 3 through 26 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and on Sundays at 3PM. “Pay What You Can” Night is Thursday, February 2 and is sponsored by Huron Room. All performances are presented at Matrix Theatre Company, located at 2730 Bagley Avenue in the heart of Mexicantown. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors and may be purchased in advance or, if available, at the door. Group rates are also available. For further information or to purchase tickets, visit www.matrixtheatre.org or call (313) 967-0599.

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