Planet Ant Announce November Double Feature
Planet Ant Theatre continues their high-speed 25th season with a fourth installment of the new Black Box Double Feature Series. The November block features two all-original one-acts, showcasing the riotous combined forces of Detroit comedy legends and up-and-coming local talent:
Second City Detroit alum and Planet Ant institution Quintin Hicks brings the fourth chapter of his Wilde-Award winning one-man show, "Fish Dinner" back to the Planet Ant black box theater. Stretching the limits of character performance and improv to introduce you to a world of unique and unforgettable characters, "Fish Dinner 4: Thanksgiving Feast," is side-splittingly hysterical with pockets of poignant tragedy. Expect to see some familiar faces and a few new ones! Written and performed by Hicks, "Fish Dinner 4" is directed by Dave Davies and stage managed by Tommy LeRoy, with musical direction by Mikey Brown.
"For anyone who has not seen or does not know him, Quintin Hicks is one of the essential Detroit legends of character and comedy work," said Planet Ant Executive Director, Darren Shelton. "This is an incredible opportunity to see a one-of-a-kind performer in action. Quintin is one of the best in the world at inhabiting a wide variety of characters, and using the characters he builds to somehow string together a heartwarming narrative in a world where characters play off of and into each other loosely enough to tell the story that needs to be told."
"I can't wait for you to meet some of these new characters stuck my head," said Hicks.
Opening the Double Feature, Planet Ant Colony Fest winners (improv troupe, Dinner at Eight) present an original one-act comedy, "The Quickening." The story follows an underemployed, millennial lifeguard who's been stuck living in his Dad's basement since graduating college. Written by Nick Boulahanis, Adam Bacigal, and Mike McGettigan; directed by Mike McGettigan; starring Boulahanis and Bacigal; introducing Alex Raskov; stage managed by Joey Morse.
"The show is like a reverse Invasion of the Body Snatchers," said writer and actor Nick Boulahanis. "It's a play about a guy who wants to break into a hive mind that really doesn't want him there."
Max (Boulahanis), encouraged by his best friend (Bacigal), begrudgingly trades in his ideals for his very first corporate job at Quicken Loans. He quickly discovers that Quicken is home to an unsettling array of supernaturally identical coworkers. Max, attempts to not get fired, show his Dad (Raskovich) that he can hold down a "real" job, repair his friendship with his best friend, and retain his sanity.
"I think It's a fun, original idea; I've never gotten the opportunity to write and star in a play before," said writer and actor Adam Bacigal. "I love getting to play a variety of characters that all look like me. I actually work at Quicken - if anyone there is reading this, please don't fire me."
"I love working with Nick and Adam, they're smart and hilarious" said the show's director and Planet Ant Training Center Director / Home Team member, Mike McGettigan. "It's an exhilarating challenge to help give a voice to their original ideas. There's an amazing amount of talent in this town and that never ceases to impress me."
Both shows run back-to-back as part of the Planet Ant Double Feature Series. The show begins at 8pm with "The Quickening," followed by a short intermission and then "Fish Dinner" closes the show.
"The Quickening" and "Fish Dinner 4: Thanksgiving Feast" runs November 9-24 in the Plant Ant Black Box Theater. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with one Sunday performance on November 18 at 6pm. Tickets are $20 with half-off performances on opening night and Sunday. Advance tickets are available at planetant.com/tickets/novemberdoublefeature.