The Off-Broadway of Grandrapids
OUR FIRST SHOW, IN COLLABORATION WITH MIXED ROOTS COLLECTIVE, WILL BE:
RED, by John Logan.
Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for best play.
August 27-30 & September 3-5
Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
Cast: Sammy Publes and Dylan Harris
Director: Jean Reed Bahle
OUR SECOND SHOW WILL BE:
Stupid F*@king Bird by Aaron Posner, (sort of adapted from The Seagull by
September 10-13 & 17-19
An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Original songs, composed by James Sugg, draw the famously sub-textual inner thoughts of Chekhov’s characters explicitly to the surface. Stupid F*@king Bird will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.
Cast: Jesse Aukeman, Brittany Risner, Peter Cieply, Nancy Wagner, Don VandenHeuvel, Zack Volkers & Lauren Treiber
Director: Laura Walczak
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