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The Cast of “8”

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Coming Soon: “8”

“8” by Dustin Lance Black,8theplay
A staged reading directed by Fred Sebulske

Join us for two special evenings in February in Grand Rapids on February 23rd at Wealthy Theatre and on February 24th at Holland ParkTheatre – as Actors’ Theatre and Fubble Entertainment present a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play “8”.   “8” is an evocative and thought-provoking docu-drama, which tells the story of the historical case to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which stripped California same-sex couples of the right to marry.

Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature film “Milk” and the film “J. Edgar”, based “8” on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

“8” is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed with the intent of overturning Proposition 8. “8” will be presented for one night each in Grand Rapids and Holland and will feature performances by:

Alice Kennedy
Shelley Irwin
Jon March
Joe Miller
Jonathan Clausen
Larry Young
Patrick Ziegler
Teresa Thome
Tracey Walker
Sheila Shotwell
Richard Carnegie
Jean Reed Bahle
Tommy Allen
Justin Kilduff
Ben Boerkel
Neil Trevisan
Greg L. Rogers
+ more!

A post-performance discussion with experts and community leaders will follow immediately after each performance.


Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 7:00PM
Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Sunday, February 24, 2013 – 4:00PM
Park Theater
248 South River Ave, Holland, MI

Tickets are now on sale through the Actors’ Theatre Box Office and may be purchased online at www.atgr.org/8theplay

Demand and interest is high for each event and seating is limited so don’t delay and purchase your tickets ASAP!

This staged reading is produced in partnership by Actors’ Theatre and Fubble Entertainment, LLC as a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights

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Tomorrow Night: The Pipline Series at UICA Presents “The Empress of Sex”

Join us tomorrow as we kick off the new play series that everyone’s talking about!  Back by popular demand for a second annual showcase, Actors’ is proud to present the 2012 Pipeline Reading Series. Beginning this week through early April, Actors’ Theatre will present staged readings of four new works by regional and national playwrights for public reading and discussion. Readings will take place on February 21, 28, March 27 and April 10, 2012.

The reading series will be graciously hosted by our friends the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, located at 2 Fulton Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A suggested donation of $15 will benefit the development and presentation of new works at Actors’ Theatre and UICA. All performances will begin at 6:30PM and will include a brief discussion afterwards, facilitated by Actors’ Literary Manager Randy Wyatt.

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Tuesday’s Pipeline reading:

THE EMPRESS OF SEX by Duncan Pflaster
UICA Theatre, February 21, 2012 – 6:30PM

A woman, spurned in love, finds a deserted island and sets herself up as The Empress Salacia, decreeing that there shall be no love allowed in her domain, only sex.   She gathers some sybaritic acolytes, and all is frolicsome mindless fun until Salacia’s ex-lover Agis comes to the island in disguise, to attempt to win her back.  Perfectly suited on the heels of Valentine’s Day,The Empress of Sex is scandalous, erotic romp with a surprisingly sweet center.

Duncan Pflaster has won awards for his plays Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants and for the existential comedy Eternity: Time Without End. His most recent full-length plays include The Starship Astrov, The Thyme of the Season, Suckers (a comic vampire play, nominated for five 2009 Planet Connections Awards), and Ore, or Or (about greed and race in America). Other plays include The Empress of Sex, The Tragedy of Dandelion (a five-act all-female play in iambic pentameter), the critically acclaimed Gay love story The Wastes of Time, the comedic science-fiction Lesbian drama Dik and Jayne Are Not The Same, the parallel universe cocktail party comedy Sleeping in Tomorrow, the comic Greek tragedy Amazing Daedalus, book and lyrics for the pansexual soap opera musical Eskimo (music by Adam Rabin of the band Mailbox), and the drag queen Alice In Wonderland adaptation Wilder & Wilder. His writing often touches on themes of family, community, religion, and homosexuality.

Come join us for this exciting event!  To learn more about the Pipeline Series, please visit the Actors’ Theatre website.

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