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Matrix Theatre premieres gutsy comedy with Detroit at Its core

Show Announcement February 21, 2024

DETROIT, MI – Detroit is ever-present in the works of local playwright Sean Paraventi, whether he is delving into themes like gentrification (as he did in his gritty comedy, F–ing White People) or using the city as a vivid backdrop for a story, which it is in his latest comedy, Material Advantage.

The play, which is scheduled for its world premiere at the Matrix Theatre, is all about family – although the family at its center is anything but traditional.

“Coming from a very nuclear family, I have always been fascinated by non-traditional families,” says Paraventi. “I am grateful that I was able to explore that through these characters. In my various experiences and in everyday life, I come across a wide array of people, which certainly is a tremendous gift for a playwright. My goal as a writer is always to give a voice to these characters.”

Those characters include Bear and Little Mamma, recovering drug addicts. Paraventi brings his trademark street-smart humor to their efforts to forge a new life and deal with an unexpected curve that comes their way – one that threatens to upend both Bear’s sobriety and his attempt to put his troubled past behind him and carve out a normal existence. Little Mamma, Bear’s hilariously barb-tongued girlfriend, is a truth-teller who accepts him as he is but keeps him grounded in reality. As you follow these two on their journey – one full of twists, turns, and laughs – Paraventi believes that you can and will fall in love with them.

Material Advantage is a gutsy, heartfelt comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Metro Detroiters will enjoy the many local references Paraventi has sprinkled throughout the script.

Note: the play does contain strong language.

Material Advantage is directed by Cassandra Svatcha. The cast includes local theatre stalwarts Drew Parker, Meredith Parker, C.J. Williams, Chis Jacob, and Paraventi himself. The play runs from March 9, 2024, through March 24, 2024, at the Matrix Theatre, 2730 Bagley Street in Detroit. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. Seating is limited, so it is recommended that you get your tickets in advance. Purchase tickets at matrixtheatre.org or call 313-967-0999.

Performance Details:
Dates: March 9, 2024 – March 24, 2024
Showtimes: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.
Pay What You Want Preview Performance Thursday, March 8, 2024 at 8 p.m.
Limited seating available; advance ticket purchase recommended.
Tickets $25 for General Admission; $20 for students, seniors, active military, and veterans.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online at matrixtheatre.org or by calling 313-967-0999

About Matrix Theatre Company – Celebrating 33 years as a nonprofit, community-based theatre, Matrix Theatre Company is located in southwest Detroit and uses the transformative power of theater to change lives, build community, and foster social justice.