From the President

A Scene in Between at Schuler Books Downtown

A Scene in Between at Schuler Books Downtown

Welcome to our 29th season of “meaty” theatre.  This year sees a return to truly thought provoking works that can be produced with an eye towards the bottom line of our budget.  Fiscal responsibility and belt tightening are the way of the world, especially for non-profit arts organizations such as Actors’.

We are opening the season with Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize.  This play tells the story of two brothers and the back and forth competition between them played masterfully by two GRCC Alumni, Sammy Publes and Marcus Woodswelch, both familiar faces from past seasons at Actors’. We are grateful for the support of the Bob and Alicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center at GRCC who are sponsoring this production. Without their support we would be unable to continue providing our community with such innovative theatre.

We are also very excited to be partnering with Schuler Books & Music this season for a series we are calling “A Scene in Between”.  This will replace our Friday Night Talkbacks and take place at Schuler Books Downtown store at 40 Fountain NW, on the Monday between our two performance weekends. The first mid-Monday in the series will be September 28th at 6:00pm and will feature a scene and/or discussion of the current production Topdog/Underdog which coincides with “Banned Books Week”.  As you may remember it was suggested to Grand Rapids Public Schools that this play be ripped out of a textbook being used by City High.  Thankfully cooler heads prevailed and this did not happen.

Notice in the lobby we have placed a “loose change jar”, just to relieve you of all those noisy rattling coins.

Always keep in mind:  “What would Grand Rapids be without Actors’ Theatre-The Off-Broadway of Grand Rapids?”

Thank you so much for your continuing support of Actors’.

Lisa Baars
President of the Board of Actors’ Theatre

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