I’m really excited about our lineup for next season! Comedy, drama, murders, World Premiers, Michigan Premiers, it’s going to be terrific!
The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Story
A World Premiere by Joseph Zettelmaier
September 25 – November 2, 2014
Directed by John Lepard
Set in the late 1700s, in one of Bavaria’s forgotten cemeteries, a lone gravedigger finds a hideously scarred man hiding in a freshly dug grave. Thus begins a journey of discovery and friendship, leading to a crossroads where both men face their shared past. From the writer of Ebenezer, And The Creek Don’t Rise, and It Came From Mars, comes a seasonally haunting tale of pursuing the monster within.
Miracle on South Division Street
by Tom Dudzik
November 28 – December 28, 2014
Directed by Rob Roznowski
Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop. Since then, Clara and her three children have kept the faith and tended to Grandpa’s sidewalk shrine, which has been a beacon of hope to the neighbors and given prestige to the family. The entire family’s faith is shaken to the very core when a deathbed confession causes the local legend to unravel. This charming tale of family, legacy and tolerance will bring warmth to your heart this holiday season.
The Best Brothers
by Daniel MacIvor
January 29 – March 1, 2015
Directed by Lynn Lammers
After losing their free-spirited mother in a freak accident, brothers Kyle and Hamilton Best have to find a way to work together to make the final arrangements. In the bustle of obituary-writing, eulogy-giving, and dog-sitting, sibling rivalry quickly reaches its peak and years of buried contentions surface. As each struggles to understand the other, the brothers begin to see more deeply into themselves and the unconventional woman who gave them life. The Best Brothers is a bittersweet comedy from one of Canada’s most beloved playwrights that explores the many ways in which we grieve, and the love we find in unexpected places.
by Deborah Zoe Laufer
A collaboration with the MSU Department of Theatre
March 26 – April 26, 2015
Directed by Tony Caselli
When Sam first fell in love with Rose he wrote her a song — a song that has been covered by every recording artist and translated into every language. For twenty-five years, Sam has been trying to write the next song – to no avail. When the couple decides to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary with a cruise in the Mediterranean, Sam hears the most beautiful music he’s ever heard and, in an attempt to capture it, jumps overboard. As he grapples with the legacy of his song, and a temptress of Greek mythology, he struggles to find a way home and to win back his wife. Out of a contemporary love story that grapples with the terrors of middle age, and the tortures of creative failure, comes a mystical expedition to find home.
by John Patrick Shanley
A Michigan Premiere
May 21 – June 21, 2015
Directed by John Seibert
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. From the Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony-award winning creator of Doubt comes a delightful new work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.
The Art of Murder
by Joe DiPietro
July 16 – August 23, 2015
Directed by Tobin Hissong
In a remote estate in the countryside of Connecticut, Jack Brooks, one of the most accomplished and eccentric painters of his generation, awaits the imminent arrival of his art dealer with his devoted wife Annie. But the visit is not a standard one. Wronged feelings, a quest for revenge and years of dishonesty threaten to blow apart Jack’s carefully constructed web of lies and deceit. In the 2000 Edgar Award Winner for Best Mystery Play, passion ignites all the players in this chess game. Who will be the last one standing?