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University Wits Present: “The Rocky Horror Show” Oct. 31-Nov 9

From the Dog Story Theatre website:



The University Wits are closing out their 2014 season with Richard O’Brien’s classic horror musical, The Rocky Horror Show.  This productions features a live band, fast paced choreography, and plenty of raunchy humor.

Richard O’Brien’s absurdist musical comedy, set in the 1950’s sexual revolution, has been an audience favorite for generations.  Filled with raunchy comedy, catchy crowd-pleasers, and an abundance of audience participation, this classic musical romp will leave audiences wanting to “The Time Warp” all over again.

Advanced Tickets: $18

General Admission: $20

Student Rush(day of at the door): $15


Friday, October 31 – 8pm

Saturday, November 1 – 8pm

Saturday, November 1 (Midnight),  – 11:59pm

Sunday, November 2 -3pm

Wednesday, November 5 – 8pm

Thursday, November 6 – 8pm

Friday, November 7 – 8pm

Saturday, November 8 – 8pm

Saturday, November 8 (Midnight) – 11:59pm

Sunday, November 9 – 3pm

Virgin bags will be for sale at Dog Story Theater.  Audience participation and props are welcome, but food props and large water guns will not be allowed in the theater.

This production contains adult language and themes that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

More Information can be found at:



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Stark Turn Players present “Poltergeist: A Musical Parody” Oct. 23-26


From Dog Story Theater’s website:

Stark Turn Players’ annual Halloween Horror Musical Parody is based on the 1982 film, Poltergeist.

Audiences have come to expect the Players’ irreverent parodies of favorite horror films, set to music to celebrate the Halloween season. This year’s show is no exception: Mom spends her time playing Farmville and Minecraft on her smart phone, Dad just wants to watch Honey Boo-Boo on TV and can’t figure out how his little girl gut sucked into a flat screen TV, and little brother Dobby is a paranoid schizophrenic, certain that it’s really the illuminati or men in black that have kidnapped her.  Then there is Leslie, the over-the-top, totally androgynous, and completely lecherous exorcist called upon to help rid the house of the evil spirits.

The original script is by Jacqueline Frid and Sarah Stark with original music and lyrics composed by Julia Yob. Sarah Stark directs with Julia Yob as Musical Director and Antonio Copeland as choreographer.

The cast includes:  Beth Schaub and Eric Orive as the Mom and Dad; Julia Steudle and Kassandra Dill as their children, Carly Anne and Dobby; with Anessa Johnson as Dr. Letch, the paranormal specialist and Ian Brown as the outlandish Leslie.

Shows Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm and Midnight, Saturday 8pm with a costume party and  a Sunday matinee at 3:00 pm.

$14/adults and $8 students and seniors.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, go to: www.dogstorytheater.com

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Tonight: Staged Reading Series of New Works – Sept. 19-21

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Each evening will feature a different play, different genre, different style, BUT, the same actors. Every night they will get to play a completely different role.

Featuring local directors and actors, come and join us for an evening (or two) and hear new work read and presented out loud! September 19, 20, and 21. And each performance will feature one guest actress appearing in only that play. Support local artists and new work!

September 19: 8:00
“Playing House; or, The Cancer Play” (Dark Comedy)
Directed by Walt Riegler

“Moira Barrie’s son died at an early age. Curtis Walter’s mother died of a meth overdose when he was at an early age. So it only seemed natural for the two to begin experimenting. She pretends to be his mother while he pretends to be her son. Everything goes as planned until their game of “Playing House” stops being just a game. When both parties get too absorbed in their role-playing, fiction stops being fictitious, and the thread between past and present slowly begins to snap.”

September 20: 8:00
“Relinquished” (Thriller/Horror)
Directed by Christopher van Der Ark

“1939. Joan Black keeps a comfortable boarding house in southern Chicago strictly for ladies with theological aspirations. However, the comfort of her keep is disturbed when a sinister book is brought into the home and the girl that brought it begins acting strangely. It isn’t long before it’s revealed that a darker force has taken possession over her body- A demon calling himself Relinquished. Jumping from woman to woman, he begins his psychological torture while the women must decide: Get rid of the demon? Or give into his demands.”

September 21: 5:00
“Bitches Ride First Class” (Bedroom Farce)
Directed by Ruth Ann Molenaar
“1912. Helen Bishop has always been prideful of her taste in men- handsome, svelte, and rich. And those were exactly the qualities she admired in Dick! Returning from their extended honeymoon in Europe, it was only expected that the Bishops would travel in style- and so they boarded the RMS Titanic. However, when Dick confesses to his new bride that they’ve completely run out of money, they must now discreetly panhandle fellow first class passengers to even afford the train ticket back to Dowagiac, Michigan. Luckily they’re only a few rooms down from Jacob Astor, the richest man on board. Mistaken identity, slamming doors, and utterly polite seduction. The sinking of the ship is only half their problem.”Featuring actors- Lizzy Sulkowski, Brenda Zinger VanderArk, Walt Riegler, Christopher vanDer Ark, Jess Luiz Barton, Mary Brown, Catie Berg, and others!

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Coming Up – Our Second Play in Second Space!

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NorthEast (NORDOST)
by Torsten Buchsteiner translated by David Tushingham

This new English language translation of an award-winning German play tells the moving story of the 2002 Moscow hostage crisis, when Chechen militants staged a terrorist attack in a theatre sending shockwaves around the world.  Nordost merges the experiences of three women directly affected by the siege; It’s October 23, 2002 and Olga and her daughter are settling into their seats at the Dubrovka Theatre in Moscow. They’re about to watch ‘Nordost’ – a family musical, a song-and-dance spectacular about the glories of Russian soldiers. Across town, Zura, a young Chechen widow sits in a van. Around her, other young widows, who have loved and lost before their 20th birthday. Outside a hospital, Tamara, a doctor, receives a radio call: Chechen militants have laid siege to the Dubrovka Theatre.

Director: Kiara Pipino (visiting instructor at GVSU.)

September 4-6 & 11-13 at 8PM
September 7 at 3PM
Dog Story Theater

Tickets are $15.00 General Admission (Limited to 50 seats per performance)




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This Weekend is Your Last Chance to See “tempOdyssey”!

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“It wasn’t me. It was the black hole.” With these words, a temp worker named Genny launches us on an epic, fantastical journey through corporate America, Appalachia, astrophysics and beyond. TEMPODYSSEY tells the story of a young woman who’s convinced she’s the goddess of death. Fleeing the imminent creation of a black hole on one side of the country, she lands smack in the middle of a bomb manufacturing company on the other. Her only hope lies in the unlikely guise of a nameless temp who considers himself immortal. Can he help Genny cast off her dark mythology once and for all? Or will she explode, taking all of downtown Seattle with her? Dan Dietz melds the absurdity of contemporary cubicle life with the epic poetics of Greek mythology, and the results are hilarious, horrifying and ultimately uplifting.

August 28 – 30

Tickets are $15.00 General Admission (Limited to 50 seats per performance)


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