Kickshaw Theatre Announces Fall Production MILVOTCHKEE, VISCONSIN

Kickshaw Theatre presents Milvotchkee, Visconsin by Laura Jacqmin, a fascinating story about a woman's journey through dementia, September 13 through October 7, 2018, at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth located on Airport Boulevard just off of South State Street in Ann Arbor.

Subtitled "a comedy about a tragedy," Milvotchkee, Visconsin tells a surreal and eye-opening story from the perspective of Molly, a woman living with a hole in her head. Molly's lifetime of memories are falling right out of her head, and fast. Her surroundings become unfamiliar and distorted as she comes to grips with the challenges of her disease. Working with healthcare professionals she doesn't always understand and a family that doesn't always understand her, can she find a way to carry on with dignity and peace?

"The stories we tell are really resonating, and our audience is growing, along with our connections in the community," says Kickshaw Executive Director Jane Griffith. She continues, "Milvotchkee, Visconsin, for example, creates an opportunity to increase awareness about the effects of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, and some truly visionary organizations are partnering with us to make this an impactful event for the community."

Connectivity is a core value of Kickshaw Theatre, as they seek to engage artists, audience, and community deeply in the questions and topics raised by the play. Kickshaw Theatre is proud to partner with the Alzheimer's Association - Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center, Turner Senior Resource Center's Silver Club Memory Programs, and Ypsilanti Senior Center on events and programming that enrich the production, increase empathy, and raise awareness about the effects of dementia on patients and their loved ones. Connectivity programming will include: a panel discussion by experts from Glacier Hills Senior Living Community and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System following the 4pm performance on Sunday, September 16; a panel discussion and reception in partnership with Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center and Ann Arbor's Alzheimer's Association following the 8pm performance on Thursday, September 20; and a small exhibit of artwork by residents of local memory care facilities curated by Registered Art Therapist and Gerontology Specialist Margaret Wielbut on display in the performance space for the run of the show.

Milvotchkee, Visconsin is presented through the generous support of Glacier Hills Senior Living Community and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

Milvotchkee, Visconsin runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 4pm, September 13-October 7, 2018, at Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.


The production is directed by Kickshaw's founder and Artistic Director Lynn Lammers. The cast includes Nancy Kammer*, Michael Hays, Dave Davies, Brenda Lane, Sonja Marquis, and Aral Gribble*. Paige Conway* stage manages, with scenic design by Gabriella S. Csapo, properties design by Rebecca MacCreery, costume design by Camille Charara, lighting design by Alex Gay and sound design by Will Myers.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.kickshawtheatre.org, by phone through Showclix at 888.718.4253, and at the door with cash or credit card.

About Kickshaw Theatre

Kickshaw means "rare delight." And that defines what Kickshaw Theatre offers.

Founded in 2015, Kickshaw Theatre has become known for uncommon stories and stylistic daring. Kickshaw Theatre excites curiosity with plays that represent humanity in all its complexity and multitudes, seeking out stories that increase empathy, artistic literacy, intellectual stimulation, and a sense of social connection.

Kickshaw is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit professional theatre, operating under an agreement with Actor's Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

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