Actors’ Theatre “Mr. Marmalade” in the Grand Rapids Press

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Former local playwright will see his Mr. Marmalade open at Spectrum Theater

By Sue Merrell | The Grand Rapids Press
January 24, 2010, 2:01PM

GRAND RAPIDS — Former local playwright Noah Haidle said he wrote Mr. Marmalade, because he was dating a girl who wanted a role wearing a tutu. But the resulting tale of childhood fantasy was soon gathering chuckles and criticism during its off-Broadway debut in New York’s Roundabout Theatre in 2005.

Noah Haidle, left a West Michigan born playwright, listens to Actors' Theatre director Michelle Urbane talk about his upcoming play, "Mr. Marmalade," during a cast discussion about the play at the Sazerac Lounge. Photo by T. J. Hamilton | The Grand Rapids Press

“I don’t like writing that tells you what to think,” the 31-year-old New Yorker said while visiting Grand Rapids in December. “I don’t have any particular insight to offer about the human experience. No message.”

Haidle, a 1997 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, said he is more interested in engaging the audience’s imagination and making a connection.

“Something sacred happens when a group of people come together for live theater,” he said. “Some of my greatest experiences have happened in the theater. It’s a place for people to get outside their ordinary lives.”

“Mr. Marmalade,” which Actors’ Theatre will open on Thursday, certainly is outside ordinary lives…

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Please note: there are only 3 more performances of Mr. Marmalade!  Show times are Feb. 4-6 at 8 PM.  Call the box office at 234-3946 for tickets.

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