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ACTORS' THEATRE NEEDS YOUR HELP!

CAN YOU HELP US RISE TO THE CHALLENGE?

With the approach of our 34th Season as well as our first-ever participation in Art Prize, Actors’ Theatre has been given a wonderful opportunity to achieve something that we have been working so hard to reach – financial independence.  Several of our long-time donors have offered a challenge that will help us pay off our debt as well as make us eligible for other sources of income, including grants and contributions from foundations.  Achieving such independence will also allow us to put the majority of our resources into shows for which Actors’ Theatre has long been known - those that are entertaining, innovative, challenging and thought-provoking – as well as to reach new audiences and explore new opportunities.   

The challenge: these long-time donors have pledged a minimum of $15,000 if we can match this amount. Our first goal is to reach $4000 by the close of our first show, 4000 Miles, on October 11.  From there we are hoping to “checkmate” our challenge by raising, at a minimum, an additional $11,000 by the opening of Chess on December 4.  With the help of both our long-time supporters as well as new donors, we are confident we will meet the challenge.  Make your contribution via the link below; by sending it to our office at 143 Bostwick Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49503; or by calling our office at 616-234-3968.

In the recent 2014 Grand Awards announcement, all three plays from last season were nominated as "Outstanding,” with eleven total nominations for Actors’ Theatre.  We anticipate more nominations when the Grand Awards committee announces their selections for musicals.  This continues the pattern of Actors’ Theatre being recognized for its long tradition of bringing quality theater to West Michigan. 

Won’t you help us rise to “the challenge” so we can continue our tradition as well as explore new opportunities?

The Board of Actors’ Theatre







Actors' 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/Advertising
Tracey Walker: Properties/Actor
Christian Poquette: Set Designer/Tech Director
Bill Dunckel: Collaborator/Costume Designer
Scott Bell: Music Composition/Actor
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!


OCTOBER 2-4 & 9-11, 2014


4000 Miles

by Amy Herzog

 

After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.

 

Directed by Fred Sebulske

 

Finalist 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
2012 Obie Award, Best New Play
2012 New York Times
Outstanding Playwright Award
Time Magazine's #1 Play or Musical of 2012




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