September 7 - 30, 2013
September 13 - 27, 2013
October 2 - 26, 2013
October 11 - November 4, 2013
November 22 - December 16, 2013
December 19 - 23, 2013
January 10 - February 3, 2014
February 21 - March 17, 2014
March 28 - April 14, 2014
May 2 - June 2, 2014
June 20 - 30, 2014

Wolves
Please Give Me Your Money...So I Can Buy a Vagina!
Evil Dead: The Musical (at the City Theatre)
reasons to be pretty
Snow Girls
The SantaLand Diaries & Season's Greetings

The Submission
Angels in America
The Motherfucker with the Hat
Into the Woods
5th Annual GPS (Gay Play Series)

 

WOLVES

By Steve Yockey
September 7 - 30, 2013

Ben is a timid, young city-dweller who freaks out when his roommate, Jack, brings home a big bad wolf for a one-night stand. When he tries to rescue Jack, Ben sets into motion a dangerous chain of events that will alter the world as they know it. Throw in a peculiar narrator who knows more than she's letting on, and this savagely funny fairy tale for grown-ups twists and turns toward its breathtaking climax!

Directed by Brandy Joe Plambeck. Featuring Robbie Dwight, Lisa Melinn, Artun Kircali and Jonathan West. Assistant Direction/Light & Set Design by Dan Morrison.

REVIEWS
Encore Michigan
   |   Oakland Press

MULTIMEDIA
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PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR MONEY...SO I CAN BUY A VAGINA!

A One-Woman Show by Julia Marsh
September 13 - 27, 2013

Through the use of stand-up comedy and improv, Julia Marsh shares her experiences in life, which include searching for a vagina and ultimately finding herself instead.

Directed by Joe Bailey.

REVIEWS
Encore Michigan  


EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL

Book & Lyrics by George Reinblatt and Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Boyd, Melissa Morris, and George Reinblatt.
October 2-26, 2013
at The City Theatre

Based on Sam Raimi's 80's cult classic films, Evil Dead: The Musical unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, "camp" takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like "All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons", "What the
F&%* Was That?" and "Do the Necronomicon".

Directed by Travis Reiff.

 


reasons to be pretty

By Neil LaBute
October 11 - November 3, 2013

A love story about the impossibility of love, reasons to be pretty introduces us to Greg, who really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical imperfections, and when he casually mentions them, all hell breaks loose. A hopelessly romantic drama about the hopelessness of romance, reasons to be pretty is a gorgeous play.

Featuring Dyan Bailey, Christa Coulter, Bryan Lark, and Joel Mitchell.

Directed by Joe Bailey.

REVIEWS
Encore MI   |   Oakland Press 


Snow Girls

Adapted by Richard Read
January 14 - February 3, 2013

A parody of the so-terrible-it’s-fabulous 1995 movie Showgirls, Snow Girls follows one brave, ambitious woman on her quest for fame, fortune, and an igloo to call her own. Watch as our heroine, Nomey, braves ice floes, polar bears, and Elvis impersonators to reach the shiny, shimmery, oh-so-wintry North Pole. But life in the big city isn’t all popsicles and snow-cone stands — the town is littered with wannabe stars, all craving the warm glow of the Northern Lights! But Nomey has an advantage over them: drive and ambition. And really good hair.

Armed with just a switchblade and a dream, Nomey starts her climb to the top, boldly strutting across the backs of her competition. She dodges the advances of creepy gingerbread men, wise-cracking reindeer — even the villainess of all villainesses, Miss Krystal Berger! But will one holly, jolly man prevent Nomey from reaching the summit she longs for? Or will he meet the fate of every other ho-ho-ho who stood in her way?

Directed by Dyan Bailey.


The SantaLand Diaries & Season's Greetings

By David Sedaris, adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
December 19-23, 2013

The delightful anti-holiday treat makes its annual return to the Ringwald stage for another round of twisted holiday fun!

Featuring Brandy Joe Plambeck and Joe Bailey.

Directed by Jamie Richards.

 


The Submission

By Jeff Talbott
January 10 - February 3, 2014

Danny has written a new play about an African American family trying to get out of the Projects, and it has just been selected for a preeminent play festival. Problem is: Danny, a young white playwright, submitted the work under a pen name in the hope of increasing its chances for production. So he hires Emilie, a black actress, to stand in for him as author. What starts as a terrible idea becomes more terrible as Danny drags Emilie, his boyfriend, and his best friend down a long and dirty path of lies and betrayal. A fiercely funny and intelligent new comic drama about the words we use to describe each other — and the things we'll do to get what we want.

Directed by Lisa Melinn.

REVIEWS  
Encore MI
   |   Detroit Free Press   |   Oakland Press

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ANGELS IN AMERICA 
Part 1: Millennium Approaches

by Tony Kushner
February 21 - March 17, 2014

ANGELS Reviews

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Tony Kushner's Angels in America is that rare entity: a work for the stage that is profoundly moving yet very funny, highly theatrical yet steeped in traditional literary values, and most of all deeply American in its attitudes and political concerns. Kushner tells the story of a handful of people trying to make sense of the world. Prior is a man living with AIDS whose lover Louis has left him and become involved with Joe, an ex-Mormon and political conservative whose wife, Harper, is slowly having a nervous breakdown. These stories are contrasted with that of Roy Cohn (a fictional re-creation of the infamous American conservative ideologue who died of AIDS in 1986) and his attempts to remain in the closet while trying to find some sort of personal salvation in his beliefs.

Directed by Joe Bailey


The Motherfucker with the Hat

by Stephen Adly Guirgis
March 28 - April 14, 2014

Struggles with addiction, friendship, love and the challenges of adulthood are at the center of the story. Jackie, a petty drug dealer, is just out of prison and trying to stay clean. He's also still in love with his coke-addicted childhood sweetheart, Veronica. Ralph D. is Jackie's too-smooth, slightly slippery sponsor. He's married to the bitter and disaffected Victoria, who, by the way, has the hots for Jackie.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times said, "The play that dare not speak its name turns out to have a lot to say. This is by far the most accomplished and affecting work from the gifted Mr. Guirgis.”

Directed by Jamie Warrow.


Into the Woods

book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
May 2 - June 2, 2014

The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine & Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. This re-imagined production will feature a cast of just 10 and one piano.

Featuring Jamie Richards, Eva Rosenwald, Richard Payton, Dan Morrison, Kryssy Becker, Molly McMahon, Drew Arnold, Lisa Jesswein, David Moan, and Suzan M. Jacokes.

Directed by Joe Bailey, Music Direction by Jeff Bobick.