Matrix Theatre Company Offering Special Ticket Deal to This Weekend's Performances of A KID LIKE JAKE

Matrix Theatre Company is pleased to offer a special ticket deal for this weekend's performances of A Kid Like Jake to anyone with the first name Jake. Playgoers with the first name Jake will receive free admission when they bring a guest paying full price to any performance Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27.

Matrix Theatre Company opened its 25th Anniversary Season with A Kid Like Jake, a thoughtful exploration of family and parenthood by Daniel Pearle on September 18. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. All productions are presented at Matrix Theatre Company, located at 2730 Bagley in the heart of Detroit's Mexicantown. Ticket prices range from $15 to $20. Group rates are available for most shows. For further information or to order tickets, go to, or call 313-967-0599.

The play centers around a mother and father as they attempt to do right by their son. Greg and Alex are a privileged Manhattan couple who want only the best for their precocious four-year-old son, Jake. Jake is a competitive candidate for admission to Manhattan's top kindergartens, but when his affection for Cinderella and dress-up is scrutinized, his parents are forced to consider whether or not his behavior could or should be cause for concern. This story examines the complexity of parenthood and challenges assumptions about gender, privilege, class, and what it means to be "normal."

"It's a privilege to present this thought-provoking play at a time when transgender and gender non-conforming issues are at the forefront of the news, and I am glad we are able to explore this issue through the story of a child's experience," said Matrix Artistic Director Megan Buckley-Ball. "We hope this production will promote a lot of serious conversation about the subject."

A Kid Like Jake is directed by David Wolber and stars Patrick Hanley as Greg and Kaitlyn Valor-Bourque as Alex. Krystle Futrell and Allison Megroet round out the cast.

About Matrix Theatre Company

Celebrating 25 years as a non-profit community-based theatre, Matrix Theatre Company is located in southwest Detroit and uses the transformative power of theatre to change lives, build community, and foster social justice. For further information or to follow Matrix on Facebook, Twitter and Blogger, go to Matrix Theatre is funded, in part, by Quicken Loans and O'Brien Construction Company.

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