VENUS IN FUR, OTHER DESERT CITIES & More Set for Performance Network's 2013-14 Season
Performance Network is proud to announce its 2013 -2014 season with epic plays and a musical revue extravaganza for its 32nd season in their intimate theatre located in Downtown Ann Arbor. The very first play of the season, "An Iliad" adapted by Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson, begins on September 26th, 2013 as a one-man contemporary retelling of the famous poem, followed by "Jerry's Girls" with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and concept by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento, and Jerry Herman, the World Premiere of "County Line" by Ann Arbor playwright David Wells, the sexy "Venus in Fur" by David Ives, a reimagined "Richard III" by William Shakespeare, Pulitzer Prize Finalist "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz, and the World Premiere of "The Renaissance Man" by Joseph Zettelmaier closing on September 7, 2014. The epically intimate season features works by famous and premiering playwrights that are cherished by New York and local critics while bringing diverse plays to the stage. Subscription packages and single ticket sales are available by visitingperformancenetwork.org or by calling 734-663-0681.
Performance Network has dedicated itself to quality, diversity, and uncompromising artistic leadership, all of which are front and center for their 32nd season. In addition to the high-pedigree of scripts that will be produced, audiences will once again see the region's top talent on stage, including PNT Associate Artistic Director Carla Milarch. Performance Network's Associate Artists Naz Edwards, Phil Powers, and John Seibert, Mary Cole, Monika Essen, Tim Rhoze, Dan Walker, and Joseph Zettelmaier are fundamental elements of the upcoming season.
Seating availability is now open for renewing subscribers, new season ticket buyers, and single ticket buyers. Subscribers can purchase guaranteed seats for five or seven shows at a time at a discount. Season packages are available for as low as $108. Performance Network also offers discounted Flex Tickets, available in packages of six or ten that allow purchasers to use their tickets at any time.
Season subscriptions and Flex Packages are available online at www.performancenetwork,org, where order forms can be downloaded, or by calling 734-663-0681during box office hours, 10am - 6pm, Monday through Friday and 11am - 6pm on Saturday.
Single tickets are now on sale at performancenetwork.org and over the phone at the box office.
PERFORMANCE NETWORK'S 2013-2014 SEASON:
"An Iliad," Adapted by Denis O'Hare & Lisa Peterson from "The Iliad" by Homer. Directed by Tim Rhoze.
EPIC. INTIMATE. WAR.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2013-OCTOBER 27, 2013.
"Spellbinding...AN ILIAD relates an age-old story that resonates with tragic meaning today." - NY Times. In this present-day retelling of Homer's classic, a lone figure appears on an unadorned stage and shares the tragic narrative he is fated to tell for eternity. This epic narrative brings humor, pathos, and excitement to the ancient tale of the Trojan War by colliding it with the contemporary world and creating a wholly captivating theatrical experience. Starring John Manfredi.
"Jerry's Girls," The Music and Lyrics of Jerry Herman and Concept by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento, and Jerry Herman. Directed by Carla Milarch.
EPIC. INTIMATE. FABULOUS.
NOVEMBER 14, 2013- JANUARY 5, 2014
Fabulous, flamboyant and fun for the whole family, JERRY'S GIRLS is the larger than life musical revue of Jerry Herman. Winner of six Tony Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement of Theatre, Jerry Herman and his music are synonymous with some of Broadway's biggest hits - HELLO DOLLY!, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, MAME, MACK AND MABEL, DEAR WORLD, and more! Complete with large scale production numbers, tap dancing, and a little bit of drag - this is the perfect holiday excursion starring Naz Edwards. "Jerry's Girls" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
"County Line," by David Wells and directed by David Wolber.
EPIC. INTIMATE. COMING-OF-AGE.
JANUARY 16, 2014- FEBRUARY 16, 2014
From the playwright of PNT's recent hit BRILL, COUNTY LINE is the whimsical and profound story of 17-year-old Lois' journey after the arrest of her father. Lois is sentenced to the strict confines of a foster home run by Tanya - a woman who is not your typical guardian and owns the County Line Truck Stop & Travel Center. In this coming-of-age story, Lois encounters both her first look at the subtle terrors one human can inflict upon another, and a lifeline to humanity that will ultimately save her. Starring Julia Glander, Alissa Nordmoe, Phil Powers, and Emilio Rodriguez.
"Venus in Fur," by David Ives and directed by Suzanne Regan.
EPIC. INTIMATE. BONDAGE.
FEBRUARY 27, 2014- APRIL 6, 2014
"Ninety minutes of good, kinky fun..." - NY Times. Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into the audition room walks a vulgar and desperate actress-oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material. As the two work through the script, the lines between play and reality blur, entering into an increasingly serious battle of submission and domination that only one of them can win.
"Richard III," by William Shakespeare and directed by Julia Glander.
EPIC. INTIMATE. SHAKESPEARE.
APRIL 24, 2014- JUNE 1, 2014
One of Shakespeare's most famous histories gets an innovative PNT treatment in this boldly re-imagined tale of power, treachery, seduction and fate. PNT Associate Artistic Director Carla Milarch stars as Richard, the ruthless and conniving Plantagenet, whose ascent to power is littered with corpses. This revolutionary take on the age-old classic explores the themes and fate of gender, power, and government set in the distant yet ominous future.
"Other Desert Cities," by Jon Robin Baitz and directed by David Wolber.
A Co - Production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. A HILARIOUS
EPIC. INTIMATE. SECRETS.
JUNE 12, 2014- JULY 20, 2014
"Power, passion, and superbly crafted palaver stippled with blowdarts of wit."- New York Magazine. Brooke Wyeth, a writer living in Eastern Long Island, visits her waspish mother, recently retired father, loyal and sensitive brother, and fresh-out-of-rehab aunt at their home in Palm Springs after a six-year absence. When Brooke announces she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history, secrets come to life that could ruin their reputation, false serenity, and family bond.
"The Renaissance Man," by Joseph Zettelmaier and directed by Joseph Albright.
EPIC. INTIMATE. WICKED AWESOME.
JULY 31, 2014- SEPTEMBER 7, 2014
Double, double, toil, and... turkey leg? This hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in the Gloriana Renaissance Festival, follows Lady Emma and the brave Ren Faire warrior, Martin Mackabee, in overthrowing the King of the Faire. Under the new monarchy, there will be strict historical accuracy - no more dunk tanks, no more fairies, and NO MORE TURKEY LEGS! From the playwright of IT CAME FROM MARS and DEAD MAN'S SHOES comes another laugh-out-loud comedy. Starring Aral Gribble II, Lydia Hiller, Leslie Hull, Alysia Kolascz, Wayne David Parker, and Peter Prouty.