Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company Presents THE ALTRUISTS, 11/11-12/3

Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company of Detroit will present The Altruists, written by Nicky Silver. The production, directed by Molly McMahon, runs November 11 through December 3, 2011. The Altruists will be presented at 1515 Broadway, Detroit, MI 48226. Tickets are $15-$18, with pay-what-you-can tickets available at all performances. Tickets may be reserved by phone at 313-408-7269 or at www.magentagiraffe.org.

The Altruists is a dark comedy that provides an unflinching look at the sometimes-shallow motivations behind people's political actions and relationships with others - while providing lots of laughs along the way. After Sydney, a soap opera actress, is found to have committed murder, her friends, who spend their time attending protests and throwing stink bombs, must find a way to keep her out of jail to continue using her money to fund their political activities. Meanwhile, Sydney's brother Ronald has struck up a relationship with a young male prostitute who seemingly has the firmest grasp on reality and ethics of anyone. Someone must make a sacrifice to maintain the status quo, and the climax of the play presents a grim perspective on the sometimes-hypocritical stances of many so-called altruists.

"The Altruists is an energetic romp filled with lots of laughs that still manages to pack a political punch at its conclusion," says director Molly McMahon. "This production will please patrons looking for escapism as well as those looking for a play with socio-political themes."

The cast includes Jonathan Davidson (Ferndale), Jill Dion (Pleasant Ridge), Peter Giessel (Rochester Hills), Alysia Kolascz (Ann Arbor) and Cal M. Schwartz (Dearborn). Adam Crinson exhibits his scenic design; lighting by Neil Koivu; costumes by Lauren Montgomery.

Performance schedules of The Altruists will be Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. There will be one Sunday matinee on November 27. Tickets will be $18 General Admission and $15 Student/Senior/Industry, with pay-what-you-can tickets available to all performances.
Audience members paying the full ticket price may wish to take advantage of Magenta Giraffe's "Repeat Offender" offer: If they've paid the suggested rate for a ticket and would like to see the show a second, third or fourth time (we love those who love theatre!) they can bring back a paying customer each time and see it free of charge!

Exact dates and times of performances are as follows:

Friday, November 11, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 18, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 19, at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 25, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 26, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, at 3:00 p.m
Friday, December 2, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, at 8:00 p.m.

The Altruists will take place at 1515 Broadway, Detroit, MI 48226. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call 313-408-7269 or visit www.magentagiraffe.org.

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