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An Original Art Work for an Original Work of Theatre

If Lines Could Speak by Abigail BradleyYou may have noticed the art work used on the poster is as unique as the production itself. If Lines Could Speak, by Abigail Bradley, is an original work using oil paint and photographic transfer on canvas. It was created exclusively for the production. The artist has this to say about the original work:

Over the years, promoting diversity and positive relationships within our community has become an important value for me. I was inspired by the ideas within Stephanie Sandberg and Company’s ethnography, Lines, to create an original painting, If Lines Could Speak.

This work is an abstracted map of the Greater Grand Rapids area and was made with oil and photographic transfer on canvas. The voices of diversity are represented by the various blocks of color. The red lines are streets that can divide, but can also represent passion and the ability to connect to one another if we so choose.

About the Artist

Abigail Bradley is painter from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Originally from Korea, she was brought to West Michigan at the age of three and raised by her adopted family. She began art studies at Grand Rapids Community College and continued to Kendall College of Art and Design where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. Her work has shown in Huntington Bank during ArtPrize 2009, Cascade Gallery, the VanSingel Fine Arts Center, and Festival of the Arts. Her work may also be seen on display at DeVos Hall for ArtPrize 2010 and The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center – where she is the current Artist-in-Residence.

The original art work, If Lines Could Speak, is on display in the Spectrum Theater Lobby through the run of the performance. See it when you attend Lines: The Lived Experience of Race!

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“Lines: the Lived Experience of Race” Review in the Grand Rapids Press

Did you see the recent review of Actors’ Theatre season opening show in the Grand Rapids Press?  Here is an excerpt:

‘Lines: The Lived Experience of Race’ is fresh, disarming discussion of racial problems in Grand Rapids

Published: Friday, October 01, 2010, 8:34 AM
Sue Merrell | The Grand Rapids Press


Photo credit: Adam Bird, Grand Rapids Press


If the theater community had an ArtPrize entry, I imagine it would be a lot like “Lines: The Lived Experience of Race,” which opened Thursday at Actors’ Theatre to a full house of about 250 people.

It’s a fresh, intensely disarming discussion of racial problems in Grand Rapids, with comments from names you’ll recognize, maps of places you know and pictures of sites you’ve been. It’s guaranteed to spark conversation, but director/writer Stephanie Sandberg isn’t satisfied with talk.

The show culminates in an action plan to change the face of racism in Grand Rapids….

Be sure and read the rest of the article here on www.mlive.com

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Opening Tonight at Actors’ and Aquinas College

There are two great shows opening tonight: Actors’ Theatre opens its 30th season with Lines: The Lived Experience of Race and Aquinas College Theatre Department opens their season with Life is a Dream – make sure you catch them both!

Lines: The Lived Experience of Race at Actors' TheatreLines: The Lived Experience of Race
a new ethnography devised by Stephanie Sandberg and Company

Founded in the actual, based on the possible, Lines brings the words of over 150 individuals from our community to life as they discuss the dimensions of diversity. This Actors’ Theatre world premiere is sure to be a powerful work of theater.

Performance Dates:

September 30 and October 1 & 2,
October 7, 8 & 9
All performances start at 8 PM

Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 1:00PM until 5:00 PM. The box office will be open from 1PM until show time on the day of performance.

To contact the box office, please call (616)234-3946 or:

Life is a Dream
by Calderon de la Barca, Adapted by Nilo Cruz

Astrological omens predict that if King Basilios’s son
Segismundo is crowned, he will become a horrible tyrant who will bring destruction to his kingdom. Basilio imprisons Segismundo for life, but decades later he decides to let his son prove his ability to defy the stars. Allowed to rule the palace, Segismundo wreaks bloody vengeance on the kingdom, confirming the prediction of the stars, and the prince is returned to prison. Is life a dream or merely an illusion?

Peformance Dates:

September 30, October 1 & 2
Show time: 8 p.m.
Additional 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 2

Call (616) 456-6656 for tickets or click here to go to the Aquinas College Theatre Department web page for more information.

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Actors’ Theatre Would Like to Thank…

Actors’ Theatre would like to send a very special Thank You to the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center for being a major production sponsor for our first show of the 2010-2011 Season, Lines: the Lived Experience of Race.

The Diversity Learning Center offers a comprehensive, integrated, cross-cultural approach to diversity inclusion. Thousands of faculty, staff, students and community members benefit annually from our wide selection of diversity driven programs, many of which receive support through efforts of community collaboration and partnerships.

The Diversity Learning Center promotes the celebration of human differences through its programs and activities:

  • Educational Programs
  • Recognition & Scholarships
  • Women’s Initiatives & Partnerships
  • Community Partnerships
  • Diversity Development Services

Actors’ Theatre patrons may also enjoy the Woodrick Learning Center’s selection of though provoking speakers. The Diversity Lecture Series is intended to give insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan Community. The series is designed to introduce an essential component of education in helping audiences consider perspectives other than their own, encouraging civil debate, broadening the basis for critical thought and promoting cultural understanding. The Lecture Series is intended to recognize the trailblazers in the civil rights movements and those who challenge mainstream assumptions. We offer our community an opportunity to enhance mutual understanding and to build mutually beneficial relationships for the improvement or individuals and our campus and society as a whole. The series provides a forum for faculty, staff and students to deepen their knowledge and awareness of issues and opportunities for change in our global society.  (Read more about the Woodrick Learning Center Diversity Lecture Series here.)

Schedule 2010-11

All lectures begin at 7:00 pm at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain NE. For more information, please call (616) 234-3390.

* Free and open to the public
* On-campus parking $3.00 (with discount pass)

Click here to download a flier with the complete 2010-11 schedule.

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Can You Help?

Lines: The Lived Experience of Race has generated a great deal of community interest. In the nature and spirit of this work, Actors’ Theatre has donated 150 tickets to the community to allow those to attend who otherwise might not be able to see the production for financial reasons. We have also invited over 100 community and church leaders to a special preview performance and discussion, giving up potential ticket revenue to further dialogue on race and diversity within the community.

Participation from our community is important to Actors’ Theatre – especially so with a production like Lines – however, doing this means a sacrifice to the theatre of $6000 in potential ticket sales. We are asking you to help make up that difference. Please consider making a donation of $24 or more to help offset the cost of donating these tickets to the community.

All donors, no matter how great or small the amounts given, receive recognition in our production playbills and on our website.

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