2012-2013 Season

Subscriptions now on sale. Single tickets available August 15, 2012.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams
directed by Tim Rhoze

THE GREAT AMERICAN MASTERPIECE
September 27, 2012 through October 28, 2012

Faded Southern Belle Amanda Wingfield will stop at nothing to find a husband for her painfully shy daughter, Laura, still living at home with her brother, Tom, a would-be writer working in a shoe factory. When Amanda enlists Tom's help in bringing home a "gentleman caller" from the factory, the family's dreams hang in the balance as they struggle to escape the hopelessness of their world. Set in 1937 St. Louis, this wistfully poetic memory play is regarded by many as Williams' most personal story, and his greatest masterpiece. Starring Carla Milarch as Amanda.


Underwritten by
Bob and Marina Whitman
and Linda Sprankle

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler
directed by Phil Simmons with Music Direction by R. MacKenzie Lewis
SIX TIME TONY-WINNING ROMANTIC MUSICAL!

November 15, 2012 through December 30, 2012

Sondheim's rollicking tour-de-force of love, lies, and liaisons is the winner of six Tony awards and a Grammy, featuring an amazing musical score, including The Glamorous Life and Send in the Clowns. Desiree Armfeldt is an enchanting Swedish actress. While on tour in a country town, she runs into former lover Fredrik, who has brought his young wife to the theatre. Reminiscing in Desiree's dressing room, their passion rekindles. The two seek to continue their affair at a gathering for several guests at Fredrik's country home, setting in motion a hilarious and flirtatious weekend for all. Starring Naz Edwards, John Seibert, and Scott Crownover.


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BRILL by David Wells, Music by Frank Allison
directed by David Wolber

WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY WITH MUSIC
January 10, 2013 through February, 10, 2013

Located at Broadway and 49th Street in Manhattan, the famous Brill Building was once the epicenter of the pop music universe, where a musician could find a publisher, cut a demo, promote the record, and make a deal with radio promoters - all within one building. In this "lyrical" comedy set in 1959, a washed up Big Band songwriter faces the inevitability of rock and roll when a young woman shows up at his office with her guitar, her aspirations, and more than a few secrets. Can this odd couple make beautiful music together - or will their culture clash land one of them out on the streets? Featuring Phil Powers and Sarah Ann Leahy.


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GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire
directed by David Wolber

MICHIGAN PREMIERE! 2011 TONY NOMINEE FOR BEST PLAY!
February 21, 2013 through March 31, 2013

When you got nothin', you got nothin' to lose - or so it would seem for Margie Walsh, a Dollar Store worker from Boston's "Southie" district, where this week's paycheck pays last week's bills, and a round of Bingo is a night on the town. Fired from her job and facing eviction, she reaches out in desperation to a high school boyfriend who has made it out, inviting herself to a chic cocktail party in his home. Once there, a series of hilariously awkward moments reveals a secret about their past, putting Margie in the driver's seat for the first time. This 2011 Tony nominee is a touching and funny look at America's great economic divide.


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THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall
directed by Carla Milarch

MICHIGAN PREMIERE! HOT FROM ITS BROADWAY RUN!
April 25, 2013 through June 2, 2013

It's April 3,1968 at Memphis' Lorraine Motel the night before Martin Luther King, Jr. would be assassinated. In room 306 King prepares his speech for the coming day, as a thunderstorm rages outside. Chain smoking Pall Malls and thundering to himself "America, you are too ARROGANT!" he is startled by the mysterious Camae, a motel maid who shows up dripping wet on his doorstep. As they strike up a conversation, sharing cigarettes and laughter, King begins to suspect that her purpose there may not be what it seems. This inspiring drama brings one of America's freshest dramatic voices to the Network stage. Starring Brian Marable as Dr. King.


Underwritten by
David and Phyllis Herzig.

BECKY SHAW by Gina Gionfriddo
directed by Phil Powers

MICHIGAN PREMIERE! PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST!
June 20, 2013 through July 28, 2013

The New York Times called this Pulitzer Prize finalist and smash Off-Broadway hit "a tangled tale of love, sex and ethics...as engrossing as it is ferociously funny, like a big box of fireworks fizzing and crackling across the stage." Step siblings Suzanna and Max couldn't be more different. When the shy sister fixes the cocky brother up with her husband's sexy and sweet co-worker, the blind date takes a dark turn and crisis and comedy ensue. Mixing sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller, this comedy of romantic errors keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.


Underwritten
by Jeff Spindler.

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
directed by David Magidson

MICHIGAN PREMIERE BASED ON THE FAMOUS NOVEL
August 8, 2013 through September 8, 2013

Based on the famous 1972 novel by Chaim Potok, this provocative play tells the story of a boy growing up in a sheltered Hasidic community in 1950s Brooklyn, who discovers he has a prodigious talent as an artist. Struggling to reconcile his gift with the community's Orthodox values, he immerses himself in an art form steeped in Christian imagery. When he brings forth a masterwork entitled "The Brooklyn Crucifixions," he must decide whether or not to honor his self-expression and exhibit, potentially bringing shame on his family, his community, and even his faith. A co-production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.


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