Williamston Theatre to Continue 2017-18 Season with BEAU JEST
Mid-Michigan's award winning professional theatre company, Williamston Theatre, located at 122 S. Putnam Street in downtown Williamston, with Beau Jest by James Sherman. Performances for this hilariously charming family comedy begin Thursday, November 16 and run through Saturday, December 23. Tickets are now on sale.
Sarah is facing the age-old dilemma - what do you do when you know your parents won't approve of the guy you're dating. Sarah is a nice Jewish girl whose parents want her married to a nice Jewish boy. They have never met her boyfriend, a WASP executive name Chris Kringle. She tells them she is dating a Jewish doctor and they insist on meeting him. She plans a dinner party and, over the heated protest of Chris, employs an escort service to send her a Jewish date to be Dr. Steinberg. Instead they send Bob Schroeder, an aspiring actor, who agrees to perform the impersonation. Hilarity ensues in this charming family comedy with a tender heart.
The cast of Beau Jest consists of two newcomers to the Williamston stage, Fred Buchalter and Vanessa Sawson, along with Sandra Birch (Summer Retreat, The Lion in Winter), Michael Lopetrone (Taking Shakespeare), Patrick Loos (Summer Retreat, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol) and David Wolber (1984). Williamston Theatre's Artistic Director, Tony Caselli (1984, Pulp) is the Director for Beau Jest. The production team includes Scenic Design by Bartley H. Bauer (Murder for Two, The Nerd), Lighting Design by Shannon T. Schweitzer (1984, Pulp), Costume Design by Stephanie Henderson, Sound Design by John Lepard (Murder for Two) and Props Design by Michelle Raymond (The Taming, Murder for Two). The Stage Manager is Stefanie Din (The Taming, A Painted Window).
Performances for Beau Jest will run from November 16 through December 23 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:00PM. Please note that due to Thanksgiving there will not be a performance on November 23 and instead an additional performance will be added on Friday, November 24 at 3:00PM. Starting November 25th there will be 3:00PM performances added to the remaining Saturdays of the run. The first four performances of Beau Jest, November 16 - 19, are Preview performances where audience members will have the opportunity to take part in the process of creating a show by participating in a talkback session with the director following each performance. The Official Opening Night is Friday, November 24 at 8:00PM and the Conversation Sunday for Beau Jest is Sunday, December 17.
Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can for the Preview on Thursday, November 16. Remaining Preview tickets are $19.00. Starting Friday, November 24, tickets prices are $27.00 for Thursday evenings, $32.00 for Friday and Saturday evenings and $29.00 for Saturday and Sunday matinees as well as the added matinee on November 24th. Senior citizens (65 and older) and members of the Military receive a $2 discount on all tickets. Student tickets (with a valid student ID) are $10 for all performances. Flex Passes for the 2017-2018 Season are $170 and provide you with 6 Passes that can be used in any combination for any of the 6 shows in the 2017-2018 Season. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more (booked at least 1 week in advance through the Box Office). Tickets can be purchased Tuesday - Friday from 12-6pm by calling (517) 655-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the Box Office and ordered on-line up until 1 1/2 hours prior to the performance by visiting our website www.williamstontheatre.org. Payment is required at the time the reservation is made.
The Williamston Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional live theatre company, dedicated to producing plays that excite, engage and entertain our audiences. The theatre opened its doors in 2006, is the winner of a 2014 National Theatre Company Grant from The American Theatre Wing and has received a number of local awards including the 2008 Robert Busby Award for extraordinary overall contribution to theatre in the Greater Lansing Area.
Williamston Theatre patrons will find ample parking on the street and in several municipal lots throughout the city. The theatre is located in downtown Williamston (exit 117 off of I-96) just south of Grand River Avenue. Additional information about the company and the 2017-2018 Season is available online at www.williamstontheatre.org or by calling (517) 655-SHOW (7469).