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Ellipsis Theatre

Ann Arbor

Ellipsis Theatre seeks to embody the eons-old art of communal storytelling to bring compelling theatre to our audiences. We bring the old stories alive in new ways, and tell new stories that draw on timeless themes. We create intimate atmospheres and a sense of connection between audience and performers, highlighting the strength and power of live theatre. We are particularly interested in actor-driven work, focusing on performance with minimal, flexible sets, dynamic lighting, and primarily live sound.

Ellipsis originated in the 1990s when Joanna Hastings and Scott Screws collaborated to bring classics such as Genet’s The Maids and Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle to life, along with more modern work like The Silent Princess (an opera by Ben Cohen and Joanna Hastings), a new take on Shakespeare entitled Under a Rhyming Planet, Chaffee’s Why We Have a Body, and Mamet’s The Woods. Later Ellipsis became also known for its remarkable summertime Commedia in the Courtyard shows, when we annually created new Commedia dell’Arte scenarios, developed them in the traditional way through collaborative improvisation, and performed them outdoors in downtown Ann Arbor.

Ellipsis took a nine year break starting in 2007 when other responsibilities claimed the group’s key members. It reformed in 2016, kicking into gear with Hastings’ new play, A Leaning Tower.

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416 W. Huron St.  
Ann Arbor, MI 48103   

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2647 Pittsfield Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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‘School for Sausage’ showcases Comedia dell’arte

Review July 29, 2017
ANN ARBOR,Mich.–Ellipsis Theatre’s “The School for Sausage” provides an entertaining education on the origins of professional theatre itself. The show is done in the Commedia... Continue Reading

Ellipsis offers original Commedia dell’Arte play at Theatre Nova; opens July 27

Preview July 22, 2017
ANN ARBOR—Ellipsis Theatre Company at Theatre Nova presents The School for Sausage, an original Commedia dell'Arte scenario by Joanna Hastings and Scott Screws, directed by... Continue Reading

Brecht’s ‘Chalk Circle’ updated by Ellipsis Theatre

Review May 13, 2017
ANN ARBOR—Staging Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle on and around Mother’s Day shows good timing by Ellipsis Theatre. Act One is a meditation on... Continue Reading

Bertolt Brecht classic next up from Ellipsis Theatre

Preview April 07, 2017
ANN ARBOR—A revolution, a rescue, an reckoning, a redemption. Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a classic story of the kitchen girl who adopts an... Continue Reading

Ellipsis Theatre’s ‘Twelfth Night’ ends well indeed

Review March 06, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich.–The Ellipsis Theatre certainly is the little theater company that could. Beset with illness ripping through the cast the past two weeks, including... Continue Reading