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“Distracted” In The Grand Rapids’ Press

This Thursday Distracted opens at Actors’ Theatre! Tickets are on sale and available at www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org 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 www.mlive.com:

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 www.mlive.com.

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Press Release: Actors’ Theatre Presents the West Michigan Premier of “Distracted”

On December 2nd, 2010 Actor’s Theatre Grand Rapids is proud to present the West Michigan premiere of Distracted, an hilarious comedy by Lisa Loomer that explores the roller coaster world of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Distracted is a poignant and provocative comedy that displays one family on a wild journey into the ADHD spectrum. The play centers around the life of nine-year-old Jesse, who can’t sit still, raps, and hates getting in and out of his pajamas. Jesse’s family encounters teachers, doctors, psychiatrists and neighbors who all give their opinions on how to treat Jesse’s “problem.” On her chaotic ride through homeopathy, medication, biofeedback and more, Mom finds herself caught in a world, moving way too fast, with a son who moves even faster. Watching the lives of these quirky, yet all too familiar, characters unfold, we are forced to ask the question:

“Are we so turned into our world that we’ve tuned out what really matters?”

Fred Sebulske, founder of Actors’ Theatre and the director of the production, has this to say about the west Michigan premiere:

“I love this play. What I love most is that it treats the subject seriously and yet it is full of laughter that comes from the “theatricality” of the play itself. So, a funny, funny play about a serious subject! For me, the best kind of storytelling.”

Distracted, a comedy by Lisa Loomer, will be presented at Spectrum Theatre (160 Fountain Street NE) on December 2, 2010 through December 11, 2010. Performances will be at 8:00PM and will include a post-performance discussion on Friday, December 3 with the audience. Individual tickets sales will begin on November 22nd and are $24 for adults/$20 for students and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.atgr.org or by calling the Spectrum Theater Box Office at (616) 234-3817.

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Congratulations to the Cast of “Distracted”!

Actors’ Theatre congratulates and welcomes the cast of Distracted by as they begin rehearsals on Monday!

MOM – Elena Passerello

DAD – Mike Frankey

JESSE – Christopher Hubbard

NATALIE – Lizzy Sulkowski

SHERRY – Janelle Mahlmann

VERA – Julie Kehr

DR. ZVALA and others – Jennifer Jelsema

MRS. HOLLY, DR. WALLER and others – Ellie Gramer

DR. JINKS, DR. KARNES, DR. BRODER and others – Jonathan Clausen

Written by Lisa Loomer
Directed by Fred Sebulske

What’s the matter with nine-year-old Jessie? He won’t sit still, he curses, he raps and no one can seem to get him in (or out of) pajamas. Teachers think it’s A.D.D., Dad says, “He’s just a boy!” Mom is on a quest for answers in this hilarious, provocative and poignant look at the modern family which asks the question: Are we so tuned into our world that we’ve tuned out what really matters?

Production dates: December 2-4, and December 9-11, 2010

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You’re Called Back! Auditions for “Distracted” and “Opus” This Weekend!

Auditions for Distracted by Lisa Loomer and Opus by Michael Hollinger, our 2nd and 3rd productions in the season, will be held this Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th.

Distracted, a wild ride of role-doubling, off-stage antics, and real-world issues is directed by Fred Sebulske and requires a cast of 8 – including one 9 year-old boy! A separate audition for children auditioning for the role of Jesse will be held from 12PM-2PM on September 25th.

Opus, with its blend of dedicated, if quirky, characters, requires a cast of 5 – 1 woman and 4 men. Actors’ will be required to learn how to “play” the music without actually playing! (A special musical advisor, in combination with videos and special rehearsals, will be there to help.)

For more information visit our audition page at www.atgr.org.

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