Pipeline at Detroit Public Theatre
Oct
4
to Nov 4

Pipeline at Detroit Public Theatre

Costume Design for Pipeline

Dominique Morisseau, daughter of Detroit and world renowned playwright (Detroit ‘67, Skeleton Crew, Shameless, Ain’t Too Proud), brings another of her extraordinary works home to Detroit Public Theatre. In the riveting Pipeline, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in 2017, Morisseau gives us the story of Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher committed to her students. Desperate to give her only son the opportunities her students will never have, this mother’s hopes for her son clash with an educational system that is rigged against him.

Dominique Morisseau has written some quietly devastating social dramas (“Skeleton Crew”) on her way up, but now the playwright has definitely arrived with this emotionally harrowing, ethically ambiguous drama that raises barbed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education. –Variety

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Impossibility of Now at Tipping Point Theatre
Jul
19
to Aug 19

Impossibility of Now at Tipping Point Theatre

When a freak accident leaves Carl - a successful science writer - with amnesia, his wife, Miranda, has to help him pick up the pieces. The only problem is their marriage was already heading towards trouble.

With Carl's memory loss and new personality, Miranda struggles to see past the man he once was and has to decide if she wants to help him remember. 

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August: Osage County at Cornell College
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

August: Osage County at Cornell College

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.

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Ripcord at Tipping Point Theatre
Mar
22
to Apr 22

Ripcord at Tipping Point Theatre

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?

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Flint at Purple Rose Theatre
Jan
18
to Mar 10

Flint at Purple Rose Theatre

“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.

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God of Carnage at Purple Rose Theatre
Sep
28
to Dec 16

God of Carnage at Purple Rose Theatre

“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.

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Public Enemy: Flint
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Public Enemy: Flint

Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village
4119 N Saginaw Street
Flint, Michigan 48505

6:00pm
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)

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Smart Love
Jan
27
to Mar 4

Smart Love

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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.

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Next to Normal
Oct
28
to Nov 6

Next to Normal

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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.

 

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Mar
25
to Apr 3

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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.

 

 

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The Casting Session
Sep
25
to Dec 19

The Casting Session

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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.
 

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