Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle will take audiences on a magical 100 year journey with Ernestine Ashworth as she travels from her 17th birthday through her 117th. This world premiere by internationally acclaimed playwright Noah Haidle was commissioned by Detroit Public Theatre.
Guest Costume Designer for Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa) upcoming production of August: Osage County with guest director, Jay Edelnant.
Their titles are firmly set in memory. Often, they are the great plays you saw or read. You know them: the How-Dysfunctional-Can-a-Family-Get plays. Start at the beginning: Agammemnon, Oedipus, Medea, King Lear, Macbeth, Richard the Third, Three Sisters, A Doll House, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Death of a Salesman, Little Foxes, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf .. .
What’s the attraction? Is it sitting in the dark thinking: “OMG, maybe I don’t have it so tough at home after all!” or even better: “How did they know that—that’s my mother up there!”
The appeal is enormous. As Tolstoy said: “All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." And the Westons, of Osage County, Oklahoma not only echo the great themes of the towering unhappy families but make their unhappiness uniquely American and contemporary.
Tracy Letts won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 5 Tony Awards for August and followed it up with a Tony in 2012 for his performance as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. His early plays, Killer Joe and Bug are bloody and provocative. His later work, The Man from Nebraska, August, Superior Donuts (yes, the one ripped off for the TV sit-com) are more contemplative and evocative. You’ve seen him on Seinfeld, Homeland, The Big Short, and Divorce. He’s been a company member of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago since 2002.
You spent the holidays with your family. Spend May Day with the Westons.
Gruesome Playground Injuries
by Rajiv Joseph
April 12 - 29, 2018
Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.
Abby isn't known for her friendliness at Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, and that's just the way she likes it. After all, when nobody wants to be your roommate, you get a double room with a view all to yourself.
When Marilyn moves in, with her cheery disposition and optimistic outlook, Abby knows she'll need to break her if she wants her privacy back. But Marilyn isn't going down without a fight. And that's when they make "The Bet."
How far will they go in this hilarious escalation of pranks, tricks, and attacks?
“Flint,” a World Premiere by Jeff Daniels
(January 18 – March 10, 2018)
For a century or more, generations of men and women in Flint, Michigan earned good pay and benefits manufacturing automobiles and the things that go into making them. Almost overnight everything changed. The people whose dedication and hard work earned them a place in the most prosperous middle class in history found themselves unemployed and adrift. “Flint” is the heartfelt and brutally honest story of two couples struggling to endure and believe in the American dream. Directed by Guy Sanville. Contains adult language & content.
“God of Carnage,” written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton
(September 28 – December 16, 2017)
A playground clash between 11-year old boys throws together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the dispute; a civilized get-together that turns swiftly and hilariously into a battle pitting couple against couple, husbands against wives, spouse against spouse. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. Directed by Lauren Mounsey. Contains adult language & content.
Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village
4119 N Saginaw Street
Flint, Michigan 48505
Thursday, June 8th
Friday, June 9th
Saturday, June 10th
We’re inviting people from all walks of life to come together and talk about our city and what’s next for Flint.
The conversation will be followed by PUBLIC ENEMY: FLINT, a free performance in the gymnasium about the individual and society, performed by actors from all over the USA.
Organized by: M.A.D.E. Institute, UM-Flint Department of Theatre and Dance, The New McCree Theater, Detroit Public Theatre, CenterStage Baltimore, The Goodman Theatre (Chicago), Chautauqua Theater Company (New York), Berkeley Repertory Theater, People’s Light (Philadelphia) & fieldwork, London (UK)
Another World Premiere at the Purple Rose Theatre!
a World Premiere by Brian Letscher
Directed By Guy Sanville
Smart Love is the darkly comedic story of a brilliant young man struggling with his father’s sudden death and the revelation that his parents’ marriage wasn’t everything he was led to believe. This world premiere play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general, with humor, heartache and potentially devastating consequences. It probes the age-old question: just because we can do a thing, should we?
*Contains adult language.
Next to Normal
by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey
Directed by Stephanie Dean
October 28-30, November 4-6, 2016
The deeply moving, Tony Award winning rock musical, Next to Normal, is about a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effects of the illness on her seemingly “typical” American family. It is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
University of Michigan-Flint
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Stephanie Dean
March 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM
March 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM
April 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM
April 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM
April 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Six youngsters on the edge of puberty strive to become adults in this Tony Award winning musical comedy. The quirky outsiders use competition to define themselves apart from their crazy families, while their struggle to escape childhood is overseen by grown-ups who never escaped it themselves. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, they learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.
September 17 – December 19, 2015
Directed by Guy Sanville
Purple Rose Theatre Company
Frank and Ron are two middle-aged actors who have been competing for the same roles in New York City and beyond for thirty years. Join us for this hilarious world premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels that explores the lengths to which actors will go to get the part.