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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!


 

2014 marks the eleventh installment of the Actors’ Theatre annual 10 minute play festival, Living on the Edge.  We cordially extend an invitation to interested Michigan writers to submit a script for consideration.

The deadline for scripts will be March 12, 2014.  Actors’ Living on the Edge committee will read all scripts.  From the initial submission, ten semi-finalists will be selected for a public reading, to be held in April of 2014. All writers whose work is not selected for public reading will receive written feedback on their work by May 1st, 2014. 

The reading of the fifteen scripts presented on a Saturday in April (Date/Time TBA) at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street.  At the public reading playwrights will receive verbal and written feedback on their piece. Based on audience response and feedback, the Living on the Edge committee will choose five finalists from the scripts read at the public reading.  These finalists will receive full production from June 19-21, 2014 in the “black box” performance space (Room 201 – Spectrum Theater Building).

The writers whose scripts are chosen for final production will receive $100. The theme this year that writers are asked to respond to is “Desperate Moves”. We encourage playwrights to consider the following as they craft their submission:

·         The five scripts chosen will be performed before an audience. We always encourage writers to create pieces that will be dynamic and engaging when presented by performers on stage.

·          We're excited to read your submission so choose any direction that is exciting and productive for you as a writer.  If you’re excited about the direction, it’s more likely that we will see that in your submission as well.

·         Craft a 10 minute play highlighting an aspect of the chosen theme.  It can tie in broadly or very specifically, but relevance to the theme is a key consideration in selection.

Submit your play, including a brief synopsis, by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include “LOTE XI” in the subject line.  Submissions will also be accepted via U.S. mail to

Actors’ Theatre
Attn: LOTE XI
143 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

on or before March 12, 2013. To be considered, the playwright must currently reside in the state of Michigan, or have resided within the last twelve months.  All submissions must include a cover page that lists your name, address, phone number, email, title of play, total number of actors, and a brief synopsis of the work. Please do not list your name on any page other than your cover so that all plays may be read with anonymity by the committee.  Final production decisions will be based on originality, ability to cast and produce, and the way the plays chosen fit together for an evening of theatre.





 
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