Monthly Archives: November 2010

Listen Now! WGVU Radio Interview on “Distracted”

Check it out!  Ceclilia Skidmore from WGVU interviewed Distracted director Fred Sebulske and consultant Dr. Michael Ryan about Actors’ current production. Distracted opens this Thursday.  (Go to for more information.)

From the WGVU website:

November 28, 2010 | WGVU  Cecilia is joined by Fred Sebulske and Dr. Michael Ryan, talking about the play Distracted, opening at the Actors’ Theatre in Grand Rapids.

Distracted is a play about a family whose nine-year-old boy is diagnosed with ADHD. Fred Sebuslke is the founder of the Actor’s Theatre and has been directing plays for over 40 years. Distracted marks his 55th production with the Actors’ Theatre.

Dr. Michael Ryan is a clinical psychologist who specializes in ADHD, dyslexia and other learning disabilities. He acted as a consultant for Distracted.

To listen to the complete interview, scroll down the Open Minds web page to the segment on Distracted and then click the”Listen” link.

To purchase tickets for Distracted, contact the Spectrum Theatre box office at (616)234-3946 or click the button below:

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“Distracted” In The Grand Rapids’ Press

This Thursday Distracted opens at Actors’ Theatre! Tickets are on sale and available at or at the Spectrum Theatre box office by calling (616)234-3946.

An article about our next upcoming production was recently in the Grand Rapids Press.  Here is an excerpt from

Attention deficit presented from a mother’s perspective in ‘Distracted’

Published: Sunday, November 28, 2010, 5:28 AM
Sue Merrell | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — How do you get an audience to pay attention to a play about attention deficit disorder?

Paul L. Newby II | The Grand Rapids PressAll about ADHD: "Distracted" is a play exploring the challenges of parenting a child with attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Cast members are back row from left, Ellie Gramer, Jon Clausen and Jennifer Jelsema. Seated are Mike Frankey and Elena Turkel.

That’s one of the challenges Fred Sebulske faces in directing “Distracted,” the latest offering from Actors’ Theatre.

“Part of the play is to immerse the audience in the experience of feeling distracted, so we’ll have lots of media popping up on the screen,” Sebulske said. “But you have to find a balance between getting the audience’s attention and distracting them at the same time.”

Written by Lisa Loomer and presented off-Broadway in 2009, “Distracted” is the story of a family whose 9-year-old son is acting out, refuses to go to bed at night and is disruptive at school.

“Every parent deals with this to some extent, but this is to the point where they think there may be a real problem,” Sebulske said.

The parents are inundated with solutions from teachers, therapists and friends ranging from pills to diet, biofeedback and homeopathic treatments.

“It’s told from the point of view of the mother,” Sebulske said. “She knows the audience is there and uses them as a sounding board. She always has someone to talk to.”

Sebulske said he’s been amazed to learn how prevalent attention deficit hyperactive disorder is. Many of the people he has worked with for years have come forward to tell him that they have been diagnosed with the disorder and are taking Ritalin, a drug often prescribed for the condition. ()

You can read more about the show and the rest of the article by clicking here to go to

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Holiday Artists’ Market at UICA this weekend!

Looking for some holiday cheer?  Check out the Holiday Artists’ Market at the UICA!  From their website:

December 3, 5–9 PM
4–5 PM  Members Preview with Complimentary Bar
5–9 PM  Holiday Party and Sale with Cash Bar

December 4, 10 AM–5 PM
10 AM–5 PM  Sale with Cash Bar
11 AM–3 PM  Children’s Workshop

Join us for the 22nd annual Holiday Artists’ Market at UICA. This unique sale is a delight for holiday shoppers who seek one-of-a-kind works by the region’s most exciting artists. Free admission, free parking, beverages, snacks, and a children’s workshop ensure an enjoyable shopping experience.

Go to the UICA website for more information and a complete list of the artists.

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Review of “Denali” in the Rapidian

The Rapidian reviewed last month’s workshop performance of Denali written by local playwright Austin Bunn.  This was a special one night event held in the Spectrum Theatre’s black box space.  Here is an excerpt from their review:

Denali: Local playwright’s hot little number in sub-zero setting

“People give you things so you’ll open the door. So they can see inside.”

On Nov. 5, local playwright Austin Bunn gave 50 of us at Spectrum Theater’s black box space the gift of a high-stakes plot and intricately connected characters in the form of Denali. He gave us the gift of seeing inside the struggles of real characters in very human circumstances (albeit with a literally monumental background of Mount McKinley, the highest point in North America), the combination of which epitomizes why we all fell in love with the theater in the first place: to experience a compelling story. ()

Be sure and read the rest of the review here on The Rapidian’s website.

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Got Culture? Discounts on Actors’, Opera GR, Grand Rapids Ballet and more!

Do you have a Grand Rapids Culture Pass?

As one of the many benefits available to Actors’ Theatre subscribers, we are a proud member of the Culture Pass program in West Michigan, offering you discounts and last-minute deals on Arts and Entertainment in West Michigan.

At this time we are pleased to present you with the following promotions, exclusive to Culture Pass members:

Save 15% off any Adult Ticket for any mainstage production during the 2010-11 Season.

– Save 25% off any Workshop Ticket to the 2010-11 Season.

– Save 15% off your season subscription to the 2010-11 season.

Present your culture pass at the Box Office to receive these special offers.

Want to know how to receive your own Culture Pass? Become a subscriber today!

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