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Williamston Theatre to present Joe Zettelmaier world premiere; previews start May 9

Preview May 01, 2019 Encore Staff

WILLIAMSTON—Williamston Theatre presents New Releases, its 10th world premiere by Joseph Zettelmaier.

Jen is going down with the sinking ship. That ship is Avid Video, a small-time video rental store that is circling the drain. One night, a strange woman comes in to rent a video that has never been rented…one that Jen didn’t even know the store carried. The two of them strike a bizarre deal, and as the months go on, Jen struggles to unravel the mystery of this woman, even as the store she loves marches towards extinction. Contains adult language

Joseph Zettelmaier is a Michigan playwright and four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play for All Childish Things in 2006, Language Lessons in 2007, It Came From Mars in 2010 and Dead Man’s Shoes in 2012.

The cast of New Releases consists of Jamie Lien, along with Sandra Birch, and Scott Norman. Paige Conway makes her Williamston Theatre directing debut. The production team includes scenic design by Bartley H. Bauer, lighting design by Shannon Schweitzer, costume design by Karen Kangas-Preston, sound design by Quintessa Gallinat and props design by Michelle Raymond. The stage managers are Stephanie Din and Nan Luchini. 

Performances will run from May 9 through June 9 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at eight o’clock and Sunday afternoons at two o’clock. Starting May 18 three o’clock performance will be added to the remaining Saturdays of the run. The first four performances of New Releases, May 9 -12, are preview performances where audience members will have the opportunity to take part in the process of creating a show by participating in a talkback session with the director following each performance. The official opening night is Friday, May 17 and the conversation Sunday is June 2.

Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can for the Preview on Thursday, May 9th. Remaining Preview tickets are $19.00. Starting Thursday, May 18 ticket prices are $28.00 for Thursday evenings, $33.00 for Friday and Saturday evenings and $30.00 for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Senior citizens (65 and older) and members of the Military receive a $2 discount on all tickets. Student tickets (with a valid student ID) are $10 for all performances. Tickets can be purchased Tuesday – Friday from 12-6pm by calling (517) 655-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the box office and ordered on-line up until 1 1/2 hours prior to the performance by visiting www.williamstontheatre.org.

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