Coming Up – Our Second Play in Second Space!

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NorthEast (NORDOST)
by Torsten Buchsteiner translated by David Tushingham

This new English language translation of an award-winning German play tells the moving story of the 2002 Moscow hostage crisis, when Chechen militants staged a terrorist attack in a theatre sending shockwaves around the world.  Nordost merges the experiences of three women directly affected by the siege; It’s October 23, 2002 and Olga and her daughter are settling into their seats at the Dubrovka Theatre in Moscow. They’re about to watch ‘Nordost’ – a family musical, a song-and-dance spectacular about the glories of Russian soldiers. Across town, Zura, a young Chechen widow sits in a van. Around her, other young widows, who have loved and lost before their 20th birthday. Outside a hospital, Tamara, a doctor, receives a radio call: Chechen militants have laid siege to the Dubrovka Theatre.

Director: Kiara Pipino (visiting instructor at GVSU.)

September 4-6 & 11-13 at 8PM
September 7 at 3PM
Dog Story Theater

Tickets are $15.00 General Admission (Limited to 50 seats per performance)

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Congrats to All Nominees in Plays for 2014 Grand Awards!

And the 2014 Grand Award Nominees in Plays are…Grand Awards

Outstanding Director of a Play
Jason Marlett – The Whipping Man, Jewish Theater
Michelle Urbane – Venus in Fur, Actors’ Theatre
Bruce Tinker – Clybourne Park, Civic Theater
Tom Kaechele – God of Carnage, Actors’ Theatre
Tom Kaechele – Don’t Dress for Dinner, Circle Theater

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
Jeffrey Williams – Love! Valour! Compassion!, Actors’ Theatre
Dylan Harris – Love! Valour! Compassion!, Actors’ Theatre
Jon March – Clybourne Park, Civic Theater
Patrick Hendren – Driving Miss Daisy, Jewish Theater
Torrence O’Haire – One Man Two Guvnors, Circle Theater

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play
Kelly Piliouras – The Milliner, Jewish Theater
Kristen Pearson – Clybourne Park, Civic Theater
Sherryl Despres – Don’t Dress for Dinner, Circle Theater
Catie Berg – One Man Two Guvnors, Circle Theater
Marisa Purcey – One Man Two Guvnors, Circle Theater

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Darius “T.Q.” Colquitt – The Whipping Man, Jewish Theater
Kyle Los – Venus in Fur, Actors’ Theatre
Sammy A. Publes – God of Carnage, Actors’ Theatre
Don Vanden Heuvel – Don’t Dress for Dinner, Circle Theater
Dylan Harris – One Man Two Guvnors, Circle Theater

Lead Actress in a Play
Ellie Frances – Venus in Fur, Actors’ Theatre
Nancy Wagner – Driving Miss Daisy, Jewish Theater
Carrie McNulty – God of Carnage, Actors’ Theatre
Liene Strautnieks – Don’t Dress for Dinner, Circle Theater

Outstanding Play
Love! Valour! Compassion!, Actors’ Theatre
The Whipping Man, Jewish Theater
Venus in Fur, Actors’ Theatre
God of Carnage, Actors’ Theatre
Don’t Dress for Dinner, Circle Theater

Learn more about the big event on the Grand Awards Facebook page!

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This Weekend is Your Last Chance to See “tempOdyssey”!

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“It wasn’t me. It was the black hole.” With these words, a temp worker named Genny launches us on an epic, fantastical journey through corporate America, Appalachia, astrophysics and beyond. TEMPODYSSEY tells the story of a young woman who’s convinced she’s the goddess of death. Fleeing the imminent creation of a black hole on one side of the country, she lands smack in the middle of a bomb manufacturing company on the other. Her only hope lies in the unlikely guise of a nameless temp who considers himself immortal. Can he help Genny cast off her dark mythology once and for all? Or will she explode, taking all of downtown Seattle with her? Dan Dietz melds the absurdity of contemporary cubicle life with the epic poetics of Greek mythology, and the results are hilarious, horrifying and ultimately uplifting.

August 28 – 30

Tickets are $15.00 General Admission (Limited to 50 seats per performance)

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Actors’ 2014-2015 Season

Season tickets are on sale now for our upcoming 2014-2015 Season!

4,000 Miles – A Play
by Amy Herzog

After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world.

Chess -A Musical

Book by Richard Nelson, Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson

Here the ancient game of chess becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.

Water By The Spoonful – A Play

by Quiara Alegra Hudes

Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. This play is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption.

The Light In The Piazza – A Musical

Book by Craig Lucas, Music & Lyrics by Adam Guettel

Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Italian countryside with her daughter, Clara, in the summer of 1953. While sightseeing, Clara – a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman – loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara.  This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio.  Extremely protective of her daughter, Margaret attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart.  As The Light In The Piazzaunfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own hopes as well.

 

 

Other Desert Cities – A Play
by Jon Robin Baitz

Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history-a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.
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SouthSide Theater Company Presents: INTO THE WOODS

SouthSide Theater Company is proud to present Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s INTO THE WOODS.

Into the Woods” is the story of a Baker and his Wife who learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, so they embark on a quest to break the spell by swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel, and Jack (of Beanstalk fame). Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. Thus, what begins a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community, responsibility, and the stories we tell our children. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason). Director Andrew Williams will bring a new interpretation to the show, scaling it down to a 12 person cast in a re-imagined production forcing the audience to use their imagination and see things through the eyes of a child.

Direction and Musical Staging by: Andrew Williams.
Music Direction by: Joel Shindlbeck.
Stage Management: Kieran and Jennifer Smith.

Featuring: Jesse Aukeman, Mark Ayers, Jess Barton, Devon Brown, Jessica Doyle, Cera Drake, Amy Groen, Michael Kohlenberger, Matt Hartman, William Mathias, Sarah Milbratz, and Eva Switek.

Performances:
All performance are at Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson SE.

August 7 -9  at 7:30pm
August 10 at 2:00pm

August 14 – 15 at 7:30pm
August 16 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Tickets:

$16.00 for Evening performances and $12.00 for Matinee performances in advance at www.dogstorytheater.com
$18.00 Adult/ $10.00 Students and Seniors at the box office an hour before showtime for evening performances.
Matinee performances are $12.00 Adult/ $8.00 Students and Seniors at the box-office an hour before showtime.

***Seating is extremely limited.

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