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Actors’ at ArtPrize Presents: “Four Stories”

4 storiesActors’ Theatre in conjunction with a group of artists based out of Actors’ Theatre, in collaboration with the UICA, has an interactive performance piece in ArtPrize this year!

This group of artists are creating a full theatrical piece of theater during ArtPrize with the interaction, collaboration and inclusion of the community and the other pieces displayed in the UICA.

The “team” of artists are all professionals in the field in multiple ways and have all worked with Actors’ Theatre which is what has brought them together for this particular piece.

The Four Stories team includes:

Jolene Frankey: Director/Actor

Ellie Frances: Producer/Actor

Nadira Kharmai: Media/Advertisingmain_logo

Tracey Walker: Properties/Actor

Christian Poquette: Set Designer/Tech Director

Bill Dunkel: Collaborator/Costume Designer

Scott Bell: Music Composition/Actorartprize logo
Todd Lewis: Writer/Actor

Christopher VanderArk: Writer/Actor

Molly Jones: Collaborator/Actor

Jared Douglas: Collaborator/Actor

“Four Stories” is a show that is following 4 different storylines that will eventually be performed on all four stories of the UICA at different times. These stories are unique in that they stand alone and also interact with each other.

As part of ArtPrize, the “team” is writing this show and creating all the elements to support the show during ArtPrize with voters input and ideas, giving the people a look behind the scenes on what all goes into this form of art and also giving them some ownership of the show as it evolves. Everything from script, to costumes, set, music and acting/directing will be on display as part of the art-piece and the voters will get a taste of it all.

The logistics of the show will go as follows:

For the first part of ArtPrize the “team” will be in the space (mostly the Pottery Studio) writing, fitting costumes, building a set and rehearsing with the input of the audience both present and on social media.

The last part of ArtPrize (Oct 2,3 & 4) the “team” is hoping to have a complete show to then perform for the last weekend. This way the audience can see what they helped create.

We will have a more solid “Performance” schedule to you soon. Stay tuned for more details!

You can stay updated by liking the Four Stories Facebook page as well!

Come on down to the UICA (corner of Division and Fulton) during ArtPrize and vote for Four Stories – vote code 56418!

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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.

New Plays Pipeline Series



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Penny Stamps Lecture Series

Mx. Justin Vivian Bond at UICA

From the UICA website:

Singer, songwriter and Tony-nominated performance artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond is an Obie, Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner. He has written, directed and starred in numerous performances including Christmas Spells and the GLAAD nominated show Lustre. As one-half of the Performance duo Kiki and Herb, Bond has toured the world headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Film credits include Shortbus, Fancy’s Persuasion and Imaginary Heroes. Television appearances include Ugly Betty and Late Night With Conan O’Brian.

With support from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design.

The greatest cabaret artist of this generation.
The New Yorker

Friday, November 18 | 8 PM
Doors open at 7:30 PM

UICA Members: Free
Non-Members: $10

Selected Bibliography:

Bond, Justin. 2011. Tango: my childhood, backwards and in high heels. New York: Feminist Press.

Imagine Fashion Presents: “Mx. Is My Prefix” – Justin Vivian Bond by Casey Spooner & Adam Dugas.

Justin Bond on His First Solo Album, “Dendrophile,” and Breaking Out of His Kiki DuRane Character – New York Magazine.

Justin Vivian Bond – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Justin Bond Is Living.

Tony Nominee Q&A with Justin Bond and Herb Mellman.

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Opportunities for Michigan Performers

Artists Needed for Arts in Motion 5k

Help is needed for recruiting talent for our third annual Arts in Motion 5k, September 3, in Royal Oak. We’ve teamed up with Arts, Beats & Eats this year to grow our annual walk/run fundraiser, and we want to be sure we have a strong presence of talented kids and adults performing and otherwise DOING ART at our event – highlighting the importance of arts education for a brand new audience, and inspiring runners, walkers and their families with great art! We are looking for…PERFORMERS – choirs, instrumental ensembles, dancers, improv troupes, circus types – to perform OUTSIDE, either in the park, along the race course, or IN the race itself (on the move) VISUAL ARTISTS – to either install temporary art in the park or create awards for our participants. You can find complete guidelines for artist participation here: http://www.michiganyoutharts.org/pdf/artistguidelines.pdf.

Call 248.545.9200 or email stacey@michiganyoutharts.org with any questions.

Call for Performance Proposals: Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA) – Grand Rapids, MI

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is a dynamic arts center fostering cultural dialogue and creative experience through innovative and diverse events and services. UICA presents contemporary visual art, music, film, literature, dance and other performance work that, because of its challenging content or technique might not otherwise find a venue in West Michigan.


Include in proposal packet:
• Resume or bios of performers
• Sample of past performances in the form of a CD, VHS, or DVD
• A written description of the proposed performance and performance history
• Artistic fee schedule
• Sample technical rider

All proposals are reviewed by the UICA’s Program Committees. Decisions are based upon how the performance fits with UICA’s mission and quality standards, space in UICA’s program schedule, and availability of resources. Note: Groups inquiring about renting space for a public performance still need to submit a proposal to the appropriate program committee for review. Individuals renting space for a program are responsible for all publicity and set-up.

Deadline: Ongoing Send proposals to: UICA Performance Proposal, 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE Grand Rapids, MI.

Kid’s Artfest

The Grand Rapid’s Children’s Museum in partnership with Square Peg Events, LLC are hosting the second annual Kid’s ArtFest. This year’s theme is International Art. Sunday, October 2nd, noon – 5:00pm. We are in need of visual artists, art organizations, musicians, street performers, actors for monologues, and general volunteers. This is a great time for your organization to come out and support a great cause and have fun with wonderful kids through play. If you are interested please contact: Cynthia Hagedorn at cynthiahagedorn@msn.com, please keep a watch on Facebook for all the updates… Kid’s ArtFest

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