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“Georgia McBride” reborn at Theatre NOVA; opens June 9

Preview May 23, 2017 Encore Staff

ANN ARBOR—Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor’s only residential professional theatre company, presents The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, the smashing success transferred from The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale.

He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business, walking in heels, and himself. Ann Arbor area audiences can see what Ferndale audiences have been raving about as The Ringwald’s highly successful production of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride is transferred to the Theatre NOVA space.

The production features Nick Yocum, Vince Kelley, Richard Payton, Meredith Deighton, and Joe Bailey and is directed by Brandy Joe Plambeck. The design team includes Stephen Carpenter (scenic design), Vince Kelley (costume design), Michael Ameloot (auxiliary costumes), Brandy Joe Plambeck (sound design), Dan Walker (lighting design) and Alisa Marie Chirco (makeup).

Matthew Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most celebrated and widely produced new American plays of the last decade. The Manhattan Theatre Club production received Obie, Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle awards including the John Gassner New Play Award. It has since been produced at over 100 U.S. theaters as well as internationally. “The Legend of Georgia McBride” premiered at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and ran off-Broadway at MCC Theatre in a production that received multiple Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle nominations, including Best Play.  Matthew holds commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Hartford Stage Company, where he recently served as their AETNA New Voices Fellow. For the past two seasons, he has been the Inaugural Playwriting Fellow at the Denver Center Theatre Company.

Brandy Joe Plambeck loves bringing glitter and sass and heart to the shows he directs. Originally from Wyoming, Brandy Joe received a BA in Theater from the University of Northern Colorado. Upon graduating, Brandy Joe traveled the country with a touring theater company and not only learned the ins and outs of every aspect of theatrical production, but also met his husband, Sterling Heights native Joe Bailey, with whom he and other friends founded The Ringwald Theatre. Recently, Brandy Joe received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Acting from The Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State.

The Legend of Georgia McBride will run June 9 through July 2, 2017. Show times are 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday matinees start at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20, and Theatre NOVA continues its commitment to make theater accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them. Visit TheatreNOVA.org or call 734-635-8450 to purchase tickets, or buy them in person at the box office, which opens one hour before show time.

Photo: from The Ringwald production of The Legend of Georgia McBride.

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