Now in its 16th year, "Living on the edge" is a 10-minute play festival. The main aspect is a playwriting competition. Anyone is welcome to submit a script for a 10-minute play which utilizes the each year's unique theme (2019 being Emergence). A panel of judges narrows the submitted scripts down (based on how well the script draws on the theme, if it is 10 minutes, and quality of writing) and the top 10-15 scripts receive a public read. From there the top 5 scripts are chosen and those 5 scripts receive full performance in June.
Featuring the following 10-minute plays:
"A Lovely Day Outside" by Rhiannon Ciara Vaughn, directed by Teresa Thome
"Bullet Always Wins" by Erik Christian Hanson, directed by Tony Peraino
"And Bring From Darkness…" by Arthur Joseph Lundquist, directed by Eric Hand
"Talk to the Hand" by Wim Coleman, directed by Julie Kehr
"Brokendown House" by Lezlie Revelle Zucker
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is hilarious, harrowing, and powerfully uplifting for anyone who's ever felt different. This groundbreaking smash hit tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt, an East German rock 'n' roll performer who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation which has left them with just "an angry inch." The show daringly breaks the fourth wall, as Hedwig, with a little help from a band and back-up singer Yitzhak, examines their quest for identity, love, and wholeness.
Winner - Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical
Style. Status. Success. In this dark comedy, MacArthur "Genius" grant winner Jacobs-Jenkins skewers our cutthroat opportunistic business culture. A group of twentysomething editorial assistants are pursuing it all at one of New York's most esteemed cultural magazines. When a seemingly normal day at the office turns out to be anything but, these aspiring journalists recognize an opportunity to seize a career-defining moment.
Finalist- 2016 Pulitzer Prize
Armed with medicines, feeding tubes, and various medical equipment, Mary Jane is a single mother and relentless force when it comes to caring for her young, sick child. Mary Jane is a moving and compassionate portrait of a woman striving for grace and the prevailing strength of human will when fueled by unconditional love.
Drama Critics' Circle Award
The debate over right and wrong has never been so satisfying. This ultra-contemporary new drama is fiercely engaging, irreverently funny, and deeply moving. The 17th century and present day are seamlessly intertwines as Satan vents to an audience about her frustration at being cast out of heaven and her thoughts on oppression. When she finds out that God has created delicate new creatures called "humans," she crafts a plan for revenge and betrayal on the Almighty.
*Please be advised that there is a brief instance of nudity in this production
The Humans tells the story of the quintessential family reunion: a group of people who love each other but still wrestle with basic human fears: old age, abandonment, poverty, and death. Filled with equal parts human and hurt, The Humans is powerfully empathetic, clear-minded, entertaining, and honest.
Winner - 4 Tony Awards
Winner - Outer Circle Award
Winner - New York Drama Critics' Circle Award
Finalist - 2016 Pulitzer Prize
Truth. Water. Power. #thewaterproject is a meta-theatrical conversation about Michigan water issues by way of kitchy education videos, anthems of the poverty stricken, water sommeliers, angry cartoon characters, Native American mythology, real life stories of Grand Rapidians, and a classroom travelling through time. Will the Great Lakes region be the most fought over in 2050? Can a water crisis like Flint's occur in our own community? What will it take to activate us?
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