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Tipping Point opens Michigan premiere of Kat Ramsburg play July 27

Preview July 18, 2019 Encore Staff

NORTHVILLE—Tipping Point Theatre presents the Michigan premiere of Anatomy of a Hug by Kat Ramsburg, July 25 – August 25, 2019.

Amelia grew up in the American Foster Care system, bouncing from house to house, never finding her forever home. Turning to television as an escape, Amelia found a family in the characters on the screen. They made her laugh, taught her important life lessons, and, most importantly, never left her. Now in her 30’s, Amelia enters the sound stage of her own personal dark comedy when her mother, on compassion release from jail, moves into her one bedroom apartment hoping to reconnect.

The cast brings Sandra Birch and Dani Cochrane, two Tipping Point favorites, back to the stage as the disconnected mother and daughter duo. Michael Lopetrone and Tiffany Aisha King make their debut at Tipping Point as the determined love interest and compassionate care-taker, respectively. The entire cast seamlessly slips into their roles, depicting Ramsburg’s sincerely touching script about opening someone’s heart up for love once again.

Anatomy of a Hug is directed by Beth Torrey, who previously directed a staged reading of the script at the former Performance Network in Ann Arbor and is ‘very excited to bring it to the stage for a full production’. The cast includes Sandra Birch, Dani Cochrane, Tiffany Aisha King and Michael Lopetrone.

A long standing contributing artist to Tipping Point Theatre, Torrey directed Tipping Point’s Wilde Award Winning 2015 production of Leaving Iowa, their highest grossing show Sexy Laundry, and Office Hours in 2017. She has also directed at many local professional theaters and is a former Purple Rose Theatre Company apprentice.

Playwright Kat Ramsburg is based out in Los Angeles. Her full-length plays include Anatomy of a Hug (Semi-Finalist, O’Neill Theatre Conference), Stupid Hope, (Drama League New Directors/New Works grant), Wendy Unwritten, Drive You Happy and Love Cloud. Ramsburg’s plays have been produced, commissioned and developed by Primary Stages: ESPA Drills, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Trustus Theatre, The Road Theatre, Northern Writer’s Project, Acadiana Repertory Theatre, The Bechdel Group, New Origins Theatre, The Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre, The Evergreen School, Ugly Rhino Theatre Company, Rising Sun Theatre Company, Exit 7, and The Little Theatre.

Previews on July 25 and 26 offer tickets for only $25 and include a talkback with director Beth Torrey and producing artistic director, James R. Kuhl. Tickets for opening night on July 27 are $47 and include a catered reception after the performanceTickets are available by calling 248-347-0003 or online at  TippingPointTheatre.com. Senior Citizens 62 and older & Veterans: $2 off per ticket. Groups of 15 or more: $3 off per ticket for all performances, excluding previews and opening night. This may be combined with the senior discount.