Matrix Theatre Announces Sets 2014-15 Season: RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN; BEST OF ENEMIES & More
Matrix Theatre Company's 2014-2015 Mainstage season features a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, an African-American civil rights activist, 20th-century feminism, and a gorilla in a zoo, and we're just getting started! The feminist comedy by Gina Gionfriddo, Rapture, Blister, Burn, opens the season beginning in November, followed by Mark St. Germain's Best of Enemies, the true story of a southern town in the middle of the desegregation of their public school system. The season ends with the unique story of a woman confronting choices surrounding complications with her pregnancy and the part that a gorilla in the zoo and an elderly woman play in offering her comfort in Precious Little by Madeleine George. Individual tickets go on sale on Monday, August 18, 2014. Prices range from $15 to $20. A Season Ticket Pass may be purchased at a 20% discount. Reverse Rush Ticketing price discounts are available if tickets are purchased online. Group rates are available for most shows. For further information on the 2014-2015 season, or to order tickets, go to www.matrixtheatre.org or call 313-967-0599.
"We are really excited about the shows we've chosen for the upcoming season," said Matrix Artistic Director, Megan Buckley-Ball. "There really is something for everyone, and I'm hopeful that this season's selections will make everyone feel like there's a place for them here at Matrix Theatre Company."
Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo (November 14 - December 7, 2014) - Directed by Lisa Hodge Kander asks the age-old question: Can women have it all? After attending graduate school together, Catherine and Gwen make completely different life choices. Catherine achieves success in academia, while Gwen builds a life with a husband and children. Years later they meet and find themselves wanting what the other one has. What ensues is a candid and hilarious, multi-generational debate on 20th century feminism.
Best of Enemies by Mark St. Germain (February 20 - March 13, 2015) -- Directed by Kelly Komlen tells the true story of a Grand Cyclops of the KKK and an African American civil rights activist during the battle to desegregate the public school system in Durham, North Carolina in 1971. Are they capable of overcoming their mutual deep-seated loathing for each other to work together towards the best outcome for the children? This is a true historical account of two people poisoned by racial prejudice who are forced to confront the best and worst in themselves with surprising results.
Precious Little by Madeleine George (June 11 - 28, 2015) - Directed by Amanda Grace Ewing tells the story of Brodie, a gifted linguist and researcher in her 40s, who undergoes In Vitro Fertilization, only to learn troubling news about her pregnancy. She reaches out to her girlfriend for support but is left unfulfilled. She instead finds comfort in two unlikely sources: an elderly speaker of a vanishing language and, of all things, a gorilla in the zoo. This funny, charming, and slightly offbeat play is an in-depth look at the beauty and limits of human language and the ways in which we communicate with one another.
Matrix Theatre Company is proud, once again, to present its Second Stage Series which kicks off with the very popular Haunted Theatre, written and performed by the Matrix Teen Company, October 30 - November 1, 2014. Cane's Row, an original play collectively written by Matrix Theatre's Writers' Circle runs January 23 - February 1, 2015. The Matrix Teen Company's Spring Show will be an adaptation of a classic play and runs April 17 - 26. Its yet-to-be-written School of Theatre show, based on the theme Thriving Detroit, will be the culmination of the Detroit Dreaming Project and runs May 29 - 31, 2015. A staged reading of the monologue play, Motherhood Out Loud, is a special Mother's Day treat and runs May 7 - 10. Rounding out the season is another original jazz cabaret performance by songstress Kate Brennan and her musical director, Harvey Reed, on Friday, May 15, 2015.