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Reina Hardy’s ‘Stargazers’ at Theatre Nova

Preview June 27, 2019 Encore Staff

ANN ARBOR—Next up at Theatre NOVA is the Michigan premiere of Reina Hardy’s Stargazers, running July 11 through August 4.

Rupert Knox is looking for love in all the wrong planets. He’s an astrophysicist who wants two things in life: to make the astronomical discovery of the millennium and find a date to his sister’s wedding. He may have found both in Claire, a mysterious celestial poet. However, when another woman shows up at Rupert’s door, all three star-crossed lovers will have to make big choices about mortality, true love, and whether to stick with vodka or switch to beer.

Directed by David Wolber, Reina Hardy’s Stargazers features Kaitlyn Valor Bourque, Eddie Rothermel, and Katelyn Wilson. The production and design team includes Xavier Williamson (scenic design), Daniel C. Walker (lighting design), Haley Cook (costume design), Carla Milarch (sound design), and Alona Shewach (stage manager, props).

Reina Hardy‘s plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been seen across the country, including at Rorschach Theatre in DC, the Vortex in Austin, and the 2013 NNPN National New Play Showcase. She’s a Michener Fellow, winner of the 2014 KCACTF TYA Prize, a finalist for the Terrence McNally Prize and the recipient of an Interact 20/20 Commission.

Director David Wolber is a freelance actor, director, and a producing artistic director at Theatre NOVA. He was artistic director at Performance Network (2007-2014). Recently, he appeared in Williston by Adam Seidel and Evidence of Things Unseen by Katie Forgette, both at Detroit Repertory Theatre and in The Snow Geese by Sharr White at Meadow Brook Theatre. This season he directed The How and the Why by Sarah Treem at Theatre NOVA. He also directed and co-devised Dream Deferred: Detroit, 1967 at Matrix Theatre. This past year he received a Wilde Award “Best Play” for directing The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson at Theatre NOVA. In 2017 he received three Wilde Awards, including “Best Actor” as Winston in 1984 by George Orwell, and adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan, at Williamston Theatre.

Tickets ($22.00) are available at the box office, by calling 734-635-8450, and online at www.theatreNOVA.org. Pay-what-you-can tickets available for every performance.

Photo: Playwright Reina Hardy.

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