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Tipping Point opens Bruce Graham’s ‘Funnyman’ June 1

Show Announcement May 23, 2019

NORTHVILLE—Tipping Point Theatre’s upcoming production, Funnyman by Bruce Graham, takes a serious look behind the scenes of a celebrated comic’s life.

It’s 1959, and Chick Sherman’s funnyman career is beginning its decline into irrelevancy. That all changes when an experimental playwright specifically requests his talents, teaching Chick that not everything in life has to have a punchline.

The production is directed by Tipping Point’s producing artistic director, James R. Kuhl. The cast includes Wayne David Parker, Brandy Joe Plambeck, Matthew Smith. Ryan Carlson, John Lepard, and Lani Williams. “Funnyman is a beautifully balanced play that will give an audience just about everything they’re looking for,” said Kuhl.  “It features some familiar faces to our audiences as well as a couple actors making their Tipping Point debut.”

Playwright Bruce Graham is a writer, teacher, and actor based out of Philadelphia. Graham has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and was a past winner of the Princess Grace Foundation Statuette. He won the Rosenthal Prize for Coyote On A Fence. He has won consecutive Barrymore Awards for Best New Play (Something Intangible and Any Given Monday) and Chicago’s Jefferson Award for The Outgoing Tide. Graham’s latest stage credit includes the West End production of Follies. His shows previously produced at Tipping Point are The Outgoing Tide (2015) followed by Stella and Lou (2016).

Funnyman runs Thursdays through Sundays, May 30 – June 30, 2019 with a Wednesday Matinee on June 12th. Tickets are available by calling 248-347-0003 or online at TippingPointTheatre.com. Previews on May 30 and 31 offer tickets for only $26 and include a talkback. Tickets for opening night on June 1 are $47 and include a catered reception after the performance.

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