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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.

Western Michigan University Dept. of Theatre

This weekend Western Michigan University will premiere Activate Midwest—a new play festival for new plays—not to be confused with the Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival that happens every year, this fest focuses on full length works and draws playwrights from all over the Midwest, not just Kalamazoo.


A scene from She Rises by Cara Beth Heath
Queer Theatre Kalamazoo

It’s not hard to find a production of Our Town or Death of a Salesman in Southwest Michigan if you wait long enough, but new plays are a different story. For the second weekend in a row, Queer Theatre Kalamazoo will continue its run of two fresh plays from Western Michigan University theatre students.

    

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