theatre

John Lacko

February 5th is opening night for A Soldier’s Play at Western Michigan University. The Pulitzer Prize winning work by Charles Fuller premiered Off-Broadway in 1981 - starring famous cast members like Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. At its heart, the play a classic “Whodunnit” about an army sergeant’s mysterious murder. But it’s also about racial tensions among African American soldiers during World War II.


Courtesy Queer Theatre Kalamazoo

On November 13th, Queer Theatre Kalamazoo opens its production of Next Fall -- a play that represents a lot of firsts for the local group. It’s the theatre company’s first play that’s not a new work. And it’s QTK's first production that’s a full drama, covering the complex intersection of faith and sexuality. The play is also the first part of a new focus by Queer Theatre Kalamazoo to explore those themes and reach out to more than just the LGBT community.


On October 23rd, Michigan native Eric Gutman  brings his one-man show From Broadway to Obscurity to Kalamazoo’s Farmers Alley Theatre. In the play, Gutman tells the story of how he went from a Michigan theatre student to starring in the hit musical Jersey Boys  -- and then, unexpectedly, leaving the stage. Gutman says it's a story that actually originated in Kalamazoo about six years ago.


Queer Theatre Kalamazoo

Five years ago, Detroit playwright Shawntai Brown wrote a series of six stories for the stage based on the popular Showtime series The L Word. She called it “eLLe."


Robbie Feinberg

We all know the story by now -- more than ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Levees broke, the government didn’t respond fast enough, and the storm left nearly 2,000 dead. The theatre ensemble UNIVERSES spent time in New Orleans following the disaster, talking with families and transforming the essence of those stories into a musical production called Ameriville.

UNIVERSES has collaborated with Western Michigan University theatre students on a version of Ameriville, premiering October 9th at 7:30 p.m.

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