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Announcing the Cast of “Chess”!

Just in case you missed the announcement on our Facebook page:

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Florence: Jess Barton
Freddie: Wayne Swezey
Anatoly: Jeremiah Postma
Molokov: David Hatter
Svetlana: Amy Groen
Walter: Brian Lauer
Arbiter: John Girdlestone
Gregory Vassy/Ensemble: Bud Thompson

Michelle Matson
Liz Brand
Brianna Clark
Carly Uthoff
Kallie Piette
Matt Hartman
Jason DeJager
Rob Reminga
(and a few more to follow)

Chess runs December 4-6, 11-13 & 18-20.

Tickets are on-sale now!! Call (616) 234-3946 or go online to atgr.org to purchase tickets!

We look forward to seeing you in December!

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Ebony Road Players Presents: “Action” a 3 Part Workshop

“ACTION!” – A Three Part Theater Workshop
Learn how to be prepared for an audition…

Saturday October 11, 2014 – “The Basics” taught by Jason Marlett
Saturday November 15, 2014 – “Read Between The Lines” taught by Darius Colquitt
Saturday December 13, 2014 – “Action!” taught by Jason Marlett & Darius Colquitt

Participants must be 18 years of age or older. More info about each class is available below…

Class cost is $20 each… or

Classes are from 10:30am till 12:30pm at Wealthy Street Theater Annex at 1110 Wealthy SE. You may pay at the door on the day of class, but space is limited, so you should sign-up and pay now to reserve your spot!

Must be 18 years or older to attend. Please wear comfortable clothes as we will be moving around a lot.

About The Classes

The Basics – This workshop, led by Grand Award winning Actor/Director, Jason Marlett as well as Grand Award winning Actor/Director, Darius Colquitt, will take you into the World of Theatrical Acting. Learn the basics of theater and stage work, icebreakers, warm ups and cold reading/auditioning skills.

Read Between The Lines – This workshop led by, Grand Award winning Actor/Director, Darius Colquitt will lead participants through the basics of script analysis, monologues and scene work.

Action! – This workshop, led by Grand Award winning Actor/Director, Jason Marlett, will help you learn how to use your physicality & spontaneity in both the audition room and in your performance, as well as some basic characterization techniques.

For more information or to sign up, see the Ebony Road Player’s website.

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Meet the Cast of “God of Carnage” Opening April 17th

Actors’ Theatre is so excited about our next upcoming production, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza!

The New York Times has this to say about God of Carnage:

“A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment with an intellectual veneer. God of Carnage may be a familiar comic journey from A to B, but it travels first class.”

And just take a look at this cast!

Amy McFadden (Annette) has been performing all over Michigan for over 20 years on stage, TV and in film. She is a founding member of Dog Story Theater in downtown Grand Rapids, an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator and taught 2nd grade for a bunch of years before “retiring” to act full time. She is a graduate of GR Catholic Central and Saint Mary’s College and Notre Dame, where she earned BAs in Theater and Education.   

Carrie McNulty (Veronica) has theatrical experience that has taken her to Toronto, London, Ireland, and nearly every state in the country, from touring to regional theatre. Select credits include: FrozenThe History BoysChicagoThe Drowsy ChaperoneAlwaysPatsy ClineTo Kill A Mockingbird9 to 5,The Beaux StratagemTwelfth Night, and The Good Doctor. Work in West Michigan includes: Kiss of the Spiderwoman(Grand Award), A New Brain (Grand Award Nomination), andThe Wild Party (Grand Award), all with Actors’ Theatre. She earned her MFA in Acting fromPennsylvania State University

Craig Hammerlind (Michael) is thankful for the many opportunities he has had in the Grand Rapids Theatre Community; “Sometimes it’s nice to become someone else in another person’s story.” Craig has been in many productions at Actors’ Theatre including: The Beauty Queen of Leenane,Looking for Normal – GA nomination, Rabbit HoleA Man of No Importance – GA Nomination, Angels in America Part 1Frankie and Johnny in the Claire DeLuneLes Laisions Dangereuse and Co-Directed The Wild Party – GA Winner for Best Direction of a Musical. Craig is a graduate of Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College) and Western Michigan University. He also studied at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Conservatory.

Sammy A. Publes (Alan) started his theatrical studies at GRCC and graduated with a BA in Arts and Sciences from Western Michigan University. He moved to Chicago after graduating where he performed at Steppenwolf Theater in Our Lady of 121st, Teatro Vista/Goodman Theater’s Two Sisters and a Pianoas well understudying at Lookingglass Theater this past summer. Sammy has also worked in TV and Film; film credits includeStoneThings Fall Apart, and Scream 4. TV credits include, (NBC) Chicago Fire, (NBC) Chicago PD (Ep. 12 airing thisApril),(FOX) Chicago Code, (SHOWTIME) Shameless, (STARZ) Boss, and (AMC) The Beast. His theater credits include Topdog UnderdogJesus Hopped the A TrainLady of the CamelliasSideman (all for Actors’ Theatre) Chaim’s Love Song, and Shmulnik’s Waltz (for Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids).


Huge thanks to our underwriters:

**Don’t forget, We will have a special Talk-back following the performance on Friday, April 18th. Some of the topics that will be covered include communication and conflict management.

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“God of Carnage” Cast

god of carnageGod of Carnage 
by Yasmina Reza, translation by Christopher Hampton

In case you missed it on our Facebook page, here is a list of the cast:

Sammy Puebles will be playing the part of Alan,
Amy McFadden will be playing the part of Annette,
Craig Hammerlind will be playing the part of Michael,
and Carrie McNulty will be playing the part of Veronica.

Congratulations to these actors and actresses!

God of Carnage opens April 17th.

Visit our website for more information about the show and show dates.

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Production Photos from “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”!

Did you see? Dave Kagan from Sensitography took some amazing photos from Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson! You can see some on Facebook in the Actors’ Theatre album, and even more on his website!


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Cast of "Bloody Bloody ANdrew Jackson" by Dave Kagan at Sensitography

Cast of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” by Dave Kagan at Sensitography

For more information on the show and to order your tickets online, go to www.atgr.org today!

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