Monthly Archives: March 2012

“Ampersand” on G-Sync at Rapid Growth Media

Tommy Allen of G-Sync at Rapid Growth Media has a few things to say (and not to say) about Ampersand opening this Thursday!

Ampersand: New Play (Just Don’t Call It A W#@*d P^#)%*e)

When Vincent Delaney has been asked in the past if he is a political playwright, he has in the most casual fashion been most direct like his writing to answer “yes,” quickly adding, “but only to the extent that the politics become personal. My other plays are drawn from family history (including my own), or from wonderfully bizarre tidbits in the news.”

His ability to be as fluid, as we are in life with the constant bombarding of news and stimuli that is shaping to be uniquely modern, is one reason why so many connect with his work.

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Read the rest of the article at www.rapidgrowthmedia.  For more information about Ampersand, please visit the Actors’ Theatre website at www.atgr.org.

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Our Special Thanks

Actors’ Theatre would like to send a big thank you out to the following companies and organizations.  These folks have helped make Ampersand by Vincent Delaney an incredibly special production:

Rain City Projects.  Rain City supports, promotes and develops playwrights and their work in the Pacific Northwest.  Their support assisted with travel expenses for Seattle based playwright, Vincent Delaney, to make trips to Grand Rapids!

Peaches Bed and Breakfast.  Also assisting with Mr. Delaney’s stay, Peaches has provided lodging for his visit.  Having access to the playwright during the development of the work has been vital and mutually beneficial to Vince and to the cast and crew of the production.

Lost and Found.  An incredibly cool and eclectic home furniture and accessories store, Lost and Found has generously lent Actors’ some furniture for the set of Ampersand.

We generously thank these companies and organizations for their support! 

Ampersand opens this Thursday, March 22nd.  Show time is 8PM and there are still tickets available at www.atgr.org. Join us on Friday March 23 for a post-performance discussion with playwright Vincent Delaney as he discusses his new play.

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Technical Director and Production Manager Positions Available

Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall Michigan has positions open for a Technical Director and a Production Manager.  These positions are for the months of July and August and are paid with housing available.  The application deadline for these positions is April 1, 2012.

For more information about these positions, please go to the Howmet Playhouse website.

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“Ampersand” In the Grand Rapids Press

Journalist Lorilee Craker takes a look at Actors’ Theatre’s fourth play of the season: Ampersand.  Here’s an excerpt from the article on www.mlive.com:

Actors Theatre works with playwright Vincent Delaney to stage ‘Ampersand’

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7:00 AM
By Lorilee Craker | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — An ampersand, or, “&”, is a logogram representing the word “and.” It’s also the connective tissue and title of a new play by Seattle playwright Vincent Delaney, opening this week on the Actors Theatre stage.

From left, Don VandenHeuvel as Barry, Amy Groen as Katherine, and Torrence O'Haire as Marlowe in the upcoming Actors Theatre production of "Ampersand" at the Grand Rapids Community College Spectrum Theater. Photo credit: Matt Gade | The Grand Rapids Press

The title “Ampersand” comes from Delaney’s meditations on marriage and relationships; it’s me and you. Who am I when I’m with you?” said Randy Wyatt, the play’s director and theater program director at Aquinas College. “It just won a national comedy award for a play, and we are so excited we had our hands on it long before anyone knew about it.”

Wyatt met Delaney four years ago, when Aquinas students staged one of his scripts as part of a program introducing new plays through The Playwright Center in Minneapolis. “The play had gone up at The Guthrie Theater (in Minnesota), and he flew out to see ours and ended up liking it better than the Guthrie’s,” Wyatt said.

The two kept in touch, and when Delaney sent him a copy of “Ampersand,” Wyatt, also the literary director for Actors, thought it would be perfect for the company and its patrons.

“I just thought it was phenomenal,” he said. “It had the classical structure of a farce like Moliere, but was set in contemporary times.”

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Read the rest of the article, here on www.mlive.com.  Tickets for Ampersand are still available.  Call 234-3946 or go to www.atgr.org today.

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So Many Scholarships!

Heads Up Students!  There are a a number of scholarship opportunities right now.  Check them out:

All Students:

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has a wonderful list of scholarships available to students on their website.  If you are a theatre student, make sure you check out the Grand Rapids Combined Theatre Scholarship!  (Click the Separate Application section for details.)

Theatre Students:

2012 Cederic Ward and James Mitchell Scholarship Opportunities

Have you volunteered at Circle Theatre?

Two Circle Theatre Scholarships of $500 each will be awarded to an individual who by their own contribution to Circle Theatre, demonstrated ability, talent and dedication to the theatre arts and are enrolled in an accredited college or training program.

Applications are due on April 2, 2012 and are available by calling the Circle Theatre offices at 616.632.1982 or emailing lbrown@circletheatre.org

 

Actors’ Theatre: Fred and Mickey Sebulske Scholarships

Have you volunteered at Actors’ Theatre?

Actors’ Theatre will award a two scholarship of $1,000 each to individuals who, by his/her own contribution to theatre, has demonstrated ability, talent and dedication to theatre arts.

The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrollment in an accredited college or training program, with preference given to a theatre arts major
  • Work experience at Actors’ Theatre, either on stage or behind the scenes

Actors’ Theatre may contact finalists for an interview during May 2012 to determine the recipient. The Board of Directors will base its decision on information contained in the application, any attached documentation, and, if conducted, the interview. Actors’ Theatre will announce the winning recipient by May 31, 2012, and will grant the award after verifying the candidate’s academic enrollment.

Because this is an annual competitive award, previous recipients must reapply each year. No person is eligible to receive the award more than two times.

Click here to download an application.

Please send completed applications to:
Actors’ Theatre
Mickey Sebulske Scholarship
143 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by or emailed before April 30, 2012.

Get your applications in today!

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