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Lake Effect Fringe Festival 2014

 Calling all Playwrights! (And people who know playwrights.)

Lake Effect Fringe Festival

The Lake Effect Fringe Festival is a collaboration between West Michigan theatre groups: Dog Story Theater, GEM Theatrics, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, and Stark Turn Players. The first annual festival was held during the month of February, 2013 at the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids. The festival seeks to highlight performer-focused theater in a non-traditional theater space, creating an intimate performance experience for audiences.

Stark Turn Players, in its continuing mission to foster local artists, hosts an annual competition to become an incubator for local playwrights to have the opportunity to workshop their works and have them produced at no cost to the playwrights.

Playwrights (Student and Non-Student) in the Greater Grand Rapids Area (reside or attend school in Kent County and it’s contiguous counties) are welcome to submit their 10-Minute scripts annually to compete for production slots in our annual season. This year’s theme for the festival is Out of Time.

The Procedure is simple and relatively painless!

  • There are two divisions: student and non-student.
  • Playwrights submit a 10 to 15 minute short play due November 1st.
  • A maximum of four scripts in each division are chosen for full production in the following February.
  • Starting in January, the chosen plays begin rehearsals and development.
  • At performance, the plays are adjudicated by a panel of local arts professionals.
  • The Best in Show in each division will be awarded the final night of the performances.

For information on how to submit your script, judges criteria and links to information about past winters, go to www.starkturnplayers.org.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact them at: starkturnplayers@gmail.com

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Coming this February – Lake Effect Fringe Festival

Changing the forecast for live theater.
LEFF celebrates new works and new interpretations of the classics.

The Festival seeks to highlight performer-focused theater in a non-traditional theater space, creating an intimate performance experience for audiences.

The Lake Effect Fringe Festival is a collaboration between West Michigan theater groups, Dog Story Theater, GEM Theatrics, The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, and The Stark Turn Players.

The first annual festival will take place during the month of February, 2013, at the Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

For more information and to download an Event Application, go to the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company’s website.

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“My Dearest Friend” at The Dog Story Theatre Nov. 11-12

From the GEM Theatrics Facebook page:

Local Production Company Teams With Local Playwright to Premiere New Play

Gary & Mary Beth as John & Abigail Adams

The husband and wife acting team of GEM Theatrics is premiering My Dearest Friend, by Mary G. Kron with original music by Todd M. Lewis, on November 11, 2011 at the Dog Story Theater.  My Dearest Friend chronicles the true love story of John and Abigail Adams.  This stunning new play begins as John writes to their son John Quincy Adams on the death of Abigail.  In a poignant flash back, Abigail comes back to life and the two re-live the high points of their lives together.

Feel the anxiety as Abigail witnesses the war at her doorstep, while John is in Philadelphia stubbornly trying to get Congress to agree to declare independency.  Learn of their love for each other and the struggles of their many and long separations while John was making history at home and abroad and Abigail kept the farm together and raised their children. Discover new insights into this most modern of historical couples as American history comes to life with Gary E. Mitchell and Mary Beth Quillin portraying these larger-than-life characters as real, loving, conflicted human beings.

(Read the rest of the article about this performance on the GEM Theatrics Facebook page.)

Performance Information

Performances are Friday, November 11, at 8:00 pm, Saturday, November 12 at 3:00 and 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 pm.

For more information call Dog Story Theater, (616) 894-1252 or go to to their website at www.dogstorytheater.com.  For more information about GEM Theatrics, go to their website at www.gemtheatrics.com.

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