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On Stage at Actors' Theatre


The Nether

Performance Dates: October 5-8, 12-14, 2017

The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing realm called The Hideaway where pedophiles may live out their fantasies, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination.

Winner - 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize


Passing Strange

Performance Dates: November 9-12, 16-18, 2017

From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes Passing Strange, a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity, and theatrical convention. Stew brings the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for "the real" through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity.

Winner - Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
Winner - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
Winner - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics
Winner - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music


If/Then

Performance Dates: February 1-4, 8-10, 2018

Elizabeth, a city planner, moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth's life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. If/Then is a about living in the business of today and all of the possibilities of tomorrow.

With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, comes the musical If/Then. It is a fascinating, ambitious and original new musical.

Nominated - Tony Award for Best Original Score


The Whale

Performance Dates: April 19-22, 26-28, 2018

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six-hundred-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

Winner - Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play
Winner - Drama Desk Special Award for Significant Contribution
Winner - GLAAD Media Award


The Flick

Performance Dates: May 17-20, 24-26, 2018

The Flick is set in a rundown movie palace in Worcester, Massachusetts and follows three underpaid movie ushers who do the humdrum and tedious labor necessary for keeping it running, including toiling to clean spilled soda from the floors. The show is a comedy of the mundane. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Winner - 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner - OBIE Award for Playwriting
Winner - Susan Smith Blackburn Prize



Second Space: "White Rabbit Red Rabbit"

Performance Dates: February 14-17, 21-24, 2018

THE PLAY YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE IS SEALED INSIDE AN ENVELOPE....
No rehearsals, no director, no set, 8 performances - a different performer each night, each laying eyes on the script at that moment for the very first time....

Actors' Theatre's "Second Space Series" is dedicated to producing high-quality theatrical works in venues that assist in telling a play's story due to a more intimate size, unique structure, etc.


Living on the Edge

Now in its 15th year, "Living on the edge" is a 10-minute play festival. The main aspect is a playwriting competition for Michigan-based writers. Anyone based in Michigan is welcome to submit a script for a 10-minute play which utilizes the each year's unique theme (2018 being [un]breakable. 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.