Michigan Premiere! Exploring relationships through injuries..how pain and healing brings people together and drives them apart.
Talk talk talk talk. There's a lot of talk about doing stuff in the theatre...and I've been part of a lot...but very rarely do I ever DO stuff. This is how this project came about..the desire to DO something. Finding out what it takes to produce a show...financially, logistically and artistically.
Find the right play: Check
Get the rights: Check
Find a venue: Check
Cast the show: Check
Find the money to pay for it all: .......
People, I need your help. I have the ingredients to produce something that I really believe in. This artistic process is one that I've dreamed of for quite some time. The desire to try new things and push the envelope in theatre has been in me ever since I went Russia via Wayne State's Month in Moscow program. The type of theatre I saw there was unlike anything I'd ever seen...virtually every production I saw possessed great artistry, ingenuity, passion, lightness, ease, joy and freedom. Like every student to ever go on this aesthetic-altering trip, I haven't been able to shut up about it since I got back in July of 2009.
I first read Gruesome Playground Injuries after I saw another one of Rajiv Joseph's plays on Broadway, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. I couldn't stop thinking about that show and Sara had bought a series of his plays. I read Gruesome and thought it possessed a good opportunity to stage something in a daring way. The play is about the relationship between two kids that we see over the span of thirty years. Each scene is marked by an injury or a scar incurred by one or both of the characters. The injuries they've sustained define who they are individually and to each other. The staging and costuming will be very FREE, with scene/costume/makeup changes done in full view of the audience, as specified by Mr. Joseph in the script.
I've devoted much of my adult life to STUDYING theatre and learning how it's been done in the past. Now is the time that I...WE...put all that of that knowledge into exploring how theatre can be done in the future. The goal of this show is to explore the empty space...explore the theatre. Some things might work...some things might not. But you never know if something will succeed if you don't try. And TRYING is what it's all about.
A friend once told me that I can't be afraid to ask people to donate to projects that I'm passionate about...because I'm not asking them to give ME money, I'm asking them to support something that they would want to see. I hope this project sounds like the type of theatre YOU would want to see and, if you're able to, throw a little bit of money our way to help support it.
Comes see it!!!
Friday, July 27th @ 8pm
Sunday, July 29th @ 2pm
Thursday, August 2nd @ 8pm
Sunday, August 5th @ 8pm
Thursday, August 9th @ 8pm
Sunday, August 12th @ 2pm
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