Saturday, Oct. 11 is your last chance to check out Actors’ Theatre’s first show of the season, 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog. If you missed it, here is an excerpt from Terry DeBoer’s review of the show (Click the links to read the full article.)
An intriguing premise poignantly comes to life in a wonderful character study of a grandmother and grandson in the Actors Theatre production “4000 Miles,” which opened Thursday at Spectrum Theatre.
Questions of love and loss, aging and death and the complexities of family relationships are all explored in the one act play by Amy Herzog.
The play’s multiple angles are revealed through the prism of its two major characters – 91 year-old Vera Joseph (portrayed with a remarkable and engaging consistency by Marti Childs) and her 21 year-old grandson Leo (whose confident yet vulnerable Owen McIntee was also a highlight). […]
Go to mlive to read the rest of the article (note: 4000 Miles got 3.5 out of 4 stars!), and then head over to the Actors’ Theatre website to make your reservations for tonight’s show!
There are 2 more remaining performances of 4000 Miles at Actors’ Theatre! Reserve your tickets now, you won’t want to miss it!
Marti Childs (Vera) has had sixty wonderful years of theatre in Grand Rapids, acting, directing, crewing, and teaching. Some favorites have been: Steel Magnolias and All The Way Home at Civic Theatre, Mornings At Sevenand Torch Song Trilogy at Circle Theatre, and The Road To Mecca and Tongue Of A Bird at Actors’ Theatre.
Sydney Doornbos (Bec) is thrilled to be making her debut performance at Actors’ Theatre. Previous performances include her work with the Grand Rapids Christian High Theater Company, shows such as The Miracle Worker,Crazy for You, and The 39 Steps. A proud cast member at Celebration! Cinema, she cannot thank that community enough for everything they’ve taught her.
Cathy Kim (Amanda) was born in Jacksonville, Florida but raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan for most of her life; spending some time in South Korea when she was very young. Coming from a very musical mother, Cathy has participated in a few productions in her high school such as: The Wiz, Sweeney Todd, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Cathy has also participated in Grand Rapids Got Talent and was showcased in the Top 12 Finale of the competition in August of 2012. Cathy takes vocal lessons from Coach Kathy Gibson, and participates in singing with The Piano Cottage and touring with the group to local venues in Grand Rapids. She is a second-year Social Work major at Cornerstone University and is committed to pole vaulting for Cornerstone University’s Women’s Track and Field team. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her loved ones and also has a passion for playing the guitar and singing.
Owen McIntee (Leo) is excited to return to Actors’ stage, having previously appeared in Love! Valour! Compassion! (Bobby) and tempOdyssey (Dead Body Boy). A graduate of Aquinas College with a BA in Theatre Performance, he has appeared in numerous shows around Grand Rapids. Some of his favorite roles include Angels in America: Millennium Approaches(Prior Walter) with Southside Theatre Co., My Name is Asher Lev (Asher Lev) with Jewish Theatre, These Shining Lives (Tom) with Aquinas, and Alice in Wonderland (Dormouse) with Circle Theatre, as well as being able to participate in Chicago’s 2nd Annual Citizens’ Play Festival with the Fine Print Theatre Co. last summer.
October 2-4 & 9-11, 2014
by Amy Herzog
After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.
Directed by Fred Sebulske
Finalist 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
2012 Obie Award, Best New Play
2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Time Magazine’s #1 Play or Musical of 2012
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Did you see the wonderful collection of rehearsal photos for 4000 Miles we just recently posted in our Facebook album? Click the photo below to see more! Photo credit: Dave Kagan, Sensitography, Grand Rapids.
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4,000 Miles – A Play
by Amy Herzog
After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world.
Chess -A Musical
Book by Richard Nelson, Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Here the ancient game of chess becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics and international intrigues. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion and a Hungarian American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match in Bangkok with the American but falls for the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok” and “Heaven Help My Heart.
Water By The Spoonful – A Play
by Quiara Alegra Hudes
Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. This play is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption.
The Light In The Piazza – A Musical
Book by Craig Lucas, Music & Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Italian countryside with her daughter, Clara, in the summer of 1953. While sightseeing, Clara – a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman – loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Extremely protective of her daughter, Margaret attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As The Light In The Piazzaunfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own hopes as well.
Other Desert Cities – A Play
by Jon Robin Baitz
Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history-a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.