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Theatre NOVA announces 2023-2024 Season

ANN ARBOR, MI (July 26, 2023): Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor’s resident nonprofit professional theatre, is thrilled to announce its 2023-24 Season of Michigan and World  Premieres. Proud to produce the hottest new plays at affordable prices, Theatre NOVA offers a  subscription program as the best way to see quality programs at a discounted price. Subscribers save on single ticket prices and guarantee their seats for all our plays through  August 2024. 

Founding Artistic Director Carla Milarch said, “The Covid pandemic changed the world indelibly, and the future is full of questions. Artificial Intelligence, immigration, threats to democracy, climate change, and the continuing struggle for full civil rights for all of our citizens – these things were on our minds as we selected the six plays in our season. We believe coming together to share stories and experiences and even laugh with one another is the best way to strengthen community. We invite you to be a part of it and look forward to seeing you at the theatre!”

Theatre NOVA offers a subscription program as the best way to see quality programs at a  discounted price. Subscribers save on single ticket prices and guarantee their seats for all of our plays this season. 

Subscribers get easy exchanges, no per-ticket fees, a pass to our Michigan Playwright’s Festival, and our eNewsletter keeping them up to date on future events at the theatre. If patrons prefer to pick and choose which productions they’d like to see and when they would like to see them, our popular Flex Pass offers six tickets to use for any show and any date.

Current COVID-19 Policy as of 7-23-2023

Theatre NOVA is known for its intimate space. Our priority is to keep our artists safe and healthy to ensure that we can stay open. Please be advised:

  • All artists and staff are fully vaccinated.
  • Two bathrooms (one upstairs) are available for patrons upon request.
  • We perform a ventilation audit once a year.
  • All Thursday performances will be mask-required to provide a safe space for our immunocompromised patrons and those who want a higher level of risk mitigation.

We review this policy regularly. It is subject to change at any time, following local, state, and federal guidelines. Please check our current COVID-19 policy before your scheduled performance date.

Theatre NOVA’s 2023-2024 season opens October 20 with the Michigan premiere of “What the Constitution Means to Me” by Heidi Schreck. The play The New York Times hailed as “not just the best play on Broadway, but also the most important.” Fifteen-year-old Heidi earns her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious and hopeful new play, adult Heidi traces the relationship between four generations of women and the monumental document that shaped their lives. This timely play was a sensation on Broadway, receiving two Tony Award® nominations. 

Theatre NOVA presents “The Year Without Panto Claus” by Carla Milarch and R. MacKenzie Lewis for the holidays, opening December 15. Santa’s been watching too much depressing cable news again. When he decides to pack it in and disappear, two of his elves must search the globe to rescue Christmas cheer. Arriving at some decidedly un-Christmas-y locations, they face the wrath of the Miser twins (Heat and Snow), the town’s grumpy citizens, and a mysterious Russian bombshell. From the brilliant minds that brought you An Almost British Christmas and Sugar Plum Panto, this boisterous holiday show is the perfect prescription for joy and laughter. Directed by Carla Milarch.

Heading into 2024, Michigan Premiere “Fortune” by Deborah Zoe Laufer will open on February 2, 2024. In this lighthearted comedy about the unpredictable nature of love, Maude, a no-nonsense storefront psychic, prides herself on always telling the truth. But not even she can bring herself to be honest with nebbishy accountant Jeremy about his nonexistent romantic prospects. When he threatens to end it all if she sees no love in his future, Maude must wrestle with her own truth-telling reputation and tempt fate with a twist of the truth that could change both of their lives. Directed by Carla Milarch.

Diving into Spring, Michigan Premiere “the ripple, the wave that carried me home” by Christina Anderson will open on March 22, 2024. A lyrical and dynamic look at the complexities of race, history, and legacy. Janice’s parents were Black activists fighting to integrate public swimming pools in 1960s Kansas. When they pressured young Janice to give speeches for the cause, injustice penetrated the warm bubble of her childhood, prompting Janice to start a new life elsewhere. Now, she’s invited to speak at a ceremony honoring her father and must reckon with her political inheritance as she confronts the past she tried to forget. Directed by Lynch Travis.

The season continues with the Michigan Premiere of “Death of a Driver” by Will Snider, opening May 17, 2024. Sarah is an American engineer. Kennedy is an East African driver. When Sarah moves to Kenya to build a highway, they strike up a friendship and embark on a journey to transform rural Kenya. But when a local election dispute tests their alliance, Sarah questions how well she knows the man she thought was her friend. Both confront the realities of their intertwined ambitions. A bracing exploration of “doing good” abroad, the limits of understanding one another, and what happens when personal and political obligations collide. Directed by Shelby R. Seeley.

To close out the season, World Premiere “Doctor Moloch” by Carla Milarch will open on July 12, 2024. It’s 2027, and advances in Artificial Intelligence have brought the spunky startup VitalAI to the brink of launching the first fully sentient humanoid robot doctor. Doctor Moloch is capable of instant MRIs, personalized genetics-based medicines, and single-cell early cancer detection. There’s only one problem: the good doctor can’t relate to his patients. When VitalAI brings in famous actress Serena Blaise to give him lessons in “being human,” she uncovers more human qualities than anyone bargained for, putting the very future of humanity on the line. Directed by Briana O’Neal. 

Theatre NOVA is located at 410 W Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Performances are on  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. To accommodate families with children, “The Year Without Panto Claus” will hold performances on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at  3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.  

Week of 6/17/2024

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