Monthly Archives: February 2010

On The Town: Stage Dives

On The Town Magazine featured Actors’ Mr. Marmalade in their Stage Dives section.  Be sure and check out the rest of the article on!

Stage Dive: Actors’ Theatre presents Mr. Marmalade
By Katerie Prior | On-the-Town
January 26, 2010, 9:00AM

At some point in life, nearly every young child has an imaginary friend, but few are quite like Mr. Marmalade, the title character of the play at Actors’ Theatre this month.

Actors' Theatre Mr. Marmalade cast

(L-R front) Dylan Harris 23, Krystina Schripsema, 21, (L-R back) Tailor J. Piednente, 20, Ellie Gramer, 20, Jonathan Clausen, 37, Rob Karel, 23. Photo by Brian Forde.

Created by Lucy, an imaginative 4-year-old, Mr. Marmalade isn’t the cuddly teddy bear or glittery fairy godparent there to represent Lucy’s divorced and usually absent parents. Instead, Mr. Marmalade is a Blackberry-toting, cocaine-sniffing businessman. When Mr. Marmalade does have time to talk to Lucy, his discussions range from the worldly absurd to the darkly dysfunctional. But when a little boy named Larry starts coming over for playdates, Mr. Marmalade soon learns what Lucy means to him.

Written by East Grand Rapids native Noah Haidle, Mr. Marmalade was acclaimed when it opened off Broadway for its ability to mix dark comedy with the issue of neglect….

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Just two chances to see the show left!  February 5—6. Showtime is at 8 p.m. at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain NE. Tickets $22. Call 234-3946.

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“Mr. Marmalade” in the Grand Valley Lanthorn

The Grand Valley Lanthorn recently featured an article on Actors’ Theatre’s production of Mr. Marmalade.  Be sure and read the rest of the article at


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Jon Clausen in the title role of Mr. Marmalade


Mr. Marmalade entertains GR

By Nicolle Martin GVL Staff Writer

Actors’ Theatre, Grand Rapids’ home for off-Broadway productions, will present the critically-acclaimed dark comedy Mr. Marmalade, written by East Grand Rapids-native Noah Haidle.

Managing Director Kyle Dutkiewicz has provided a synopsis for those unfamiliar with this twisted tale: “Lucy is a 4-year-old girl with a very active imagination. Unfortunately, her imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade doesn’t have much time for her. Not to mention he beats up his personal assistant, has a cocaine addiction and a penchant for pornography. Larry, her only real friend, is the youngest suicide attempt in the history of New Jersey.”

Michelle Urbane said she is thrilled to direct his first main stage show with Actors’ Theatre.

“Children absorb: they see and hear everything around them, and those observations manifest through their imaginations,” Urbane said. “Through their ‘child’s play’ we see their translation of life. It’s lovely, frightening, funny and thought-provoking.”

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Tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 & 6.  Showtime is 8PM.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 234-3946

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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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Final Notice! Living on the Edge Call for Scripts

Living On The Edge with Actors TheatreThis is a reminder that next Monday, February 8th, marks the deadline for play submissions for the seventh installment of our ten-minute play festival, Living on the Edge. This year’s theme for consideration by playwrights is “Making Art, Making Money”

The Actors’ Theatre Living on the Edge committee will read all scripts and select fifteen that will be read at a public reading on March 20, 2010. All writers whose pieces are not selected to be read at the public reading will receive written feedback from the Living on the Edge committee by February 23, 2010. The reading of the fifteen scripts presented on March 20, 2010 will begin at 10:00 AM at the Spectrum Theater.

At the public reading playwrights will receive 5 minutes of verbal feedback on their piece. Then the Living on the Edge committee will choose five finalists from the plays read at the public reading which will be presented in full production in June 2010 in the “black box” performance space (Room 201 – Spectrum Theater Building).

Scripts may be submitted via email to Kyle Dutkiewicz before midnight on February 8th.

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Announcing the cast of “The Little Dog Laughed”

Actors’ Theatre is proud to announce the cast of our upcoming production  The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane.

The Little Dog Laughed received a Tony Nomination for Best Play in 2007.  Catch it on our stage March 18-20, 25-27.

Appearing as:

Diane – Sherryl Despres

Mitchell – Calin Skidmore

Alex – Taylor John Piedmonte

Ellen – Lizzy Sukowski

Ticketing information is available on the Actors’ Theatre website.

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