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Four myths. Four writers. Four new takes. The Four Disgracers comes to the stage to launch a new theatre group, Ixion.
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Four original, one act plays exploring the myths of Icarus, Phaeton,Tantalus and Ixion. Inspired by Goltziius's Four Disgracers.

“A stage space has two rules: (1) Anything can happen and (2) Something must happen.” ― Peter Brook

And that is what The Four Disgracers is all about. Four writers, taking their inspiration both from ancient myths and from the work of 16th century Dutch Engraver Friedrick Goltzius, have created contemporary re-visionings of familiar stories that make something happen.

From a man-child craving validation and the attention of his father to mobsters breaking bread, the stories of Phaeton, Ixion, Tantalus and Icarus find new life and new voice. Authors A.S. Freeman, O.G. Ueberoth, Sarah Hauck and Brad Rutledge have crafted their own new interpretations as they sought inspiration of art and story. 

Why the obsession with new? 

Because this project marks the beginning of a new theatre company, Ixion, and what better way to start than with four new works! 

This production is slated to take place in Lansing, MI during the month of May. It also marks the return of award-winning artistic director Jeff Croff to the Lansing theatre scene after a four year hiatus. Croff is known for such productions as The Late Henry Moss, Speed-the-Plow and Valparaiso. He has also championed new works like Lake of Fire, Fatal Error and Love Person. 

Funds raised for this project will go to space rental, production and promotion costs.

Risks and challenges

While lack of a permanent home could be seen as a challenge, jeff has proven time and time again that any space can be transformed into a performance venue. From a storefront to a barn and on to a meeting room of a local internet provider ,spaces have opened up the interaction and dialogue necessary for vibrant theatre.

If for some reason a venue doesn't become available then the show will simply be delayed to more temperate weather and will be performed open air.

Otherwise there are very few risks. The scripts have been developed and vetted in multiple staged readings (a rough video of our second reading can be found on youtube).

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    Two tickets to any performance of Ixion's production of The Four Disgracers (Reservation Required); your very own digital stick figure tied to Ixion's wheel emailed to you and your name listed as a production patron in the program.(Note: No guarantee of figure's resemblance to you or any other identifiable human)

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    A program autographed by the cast & director; Two tickets to any performance of Ixion's production of The Four Disgracers (Reservation Required); your very own digital stick figure tied to Ixion's wheel emailed to you and your name listed as a production patron in the program.(Note: No guarantee of figure's resemblance to you or any other identifiable human)

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    A Four Disgracers poster by award-winning designer Chris VanWyck; A program autographed by the cast & director; Two tickets to any performance of Ixion's production of The Four Disgracers (Reservation Required); your very own digital stick figure tied to Ixion's wheel emailed to you and your name listed as a production patron in the program.(Note: No guarantee of figure's resemblance to you or any other identifiable human)

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    Be the first on your block to receive the Ixion cap! A Four Disgracers poster by award-winning designer Chris VanWyck; A program autographed by the cast & director; Two tickets to any performance of Ixion's production of The Four Disgracers (Reservation Required); your very own digital stick figure tied to Ixion's wheel emailed to you and your name listed as a production patron in the program.(Note: No guarantee of figure's resemblance to you or any other identifiable human)

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    Two "Original Spin" Ixion t-shirts.An Ixion cap. A Four Disgracers poster by award-winning designer Chris VanWyck; A program autographed by the cast & director; Two tickets to any performance of Ixion's production of The Four Disgracers (Reservation Required); your very own digital stick figure tied to Ixion's wheel emailed to you and your name listed as a production patron in the program.(Note: No guarantee of figure's resemblance to you or any other identifiable human)

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    Access for you and a guest to a behind the scenes rehearsal plus... Two "Original Spin" Ixion t-shirts.An Ixion cap. A Four Disgracers poster by award-winning designer Chris VanWyck; A program autographed by the cast & director; Two tickets to any performance of Ixion's production of The Four Disgracers (Reservation Required); your very own digital stick figure tied to Ixion's wheel emailed to you and your name listed as a production patron in the program.(Note: No guarantee of figure's resemblance to you or any other identifiable human)

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