theatre

Temple Grandin photo
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She’s been the subject of an Emmy-award winning HBO film, and now the life of Dr. Temple Grandin is taking to the stage at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater. We learn more about the production about this autistic cattle scientist and author, including a sensory-friendly version for those audience members on the autistic spectrum.


RoosevElvis photo
Sue Kessler

What happens when Elvis Aaron Presley meets President Teddy Roosevelt? That’s the premise of a play coming to Ann Arbor this weekend. We speak to the two actresses portraying Elvis and Teddy in the play "RoosevElvis."


Dia de los Muertos photo
pixabay / Talal Albagdadi

We attend a rehearsal of the Ixion Theater’s new production, “The Amazing Jesus,” a Latin-American fable from a Lansing playwright.


Williamston Theatre looks ahead to 2016-17 season

Sep 19, 2016
Emily Sutton-Smith and Tony Caselli photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Joseph Zettelmaier play "Pulp" opens the Williamston Theatre season this week. We talk with artistic director Tony Caselli and development director Emily Sutton-Smith.


Lord of the Flies cast photo
Anna Szabo / Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is staging a unique production of “Lord of the Flies,” the story of abandoned boys who turn on each other when stranded by a plane crash. The cast is all female. We talk about what that means to the William Golding classic.


Brass Tacks Ensemble photo
Isaac Ellis / Brass Tacks Ensemble

How do you keep a 120 year old play fresh? That’s the aim of the Brass Tacks Ensemble of Ann Arbor this weekend at the Kerrytown Concert House. We speak with the troupe’s artistic director about their upcoming production of Oscar Wilde’s classic “The Importance of Being Earnest.”


Renegade Theatre photo
Courtesy photo / Renegade Theatre Festival

Lansing’s Renegade Theatre Festival returns this month, this time for two weekends of drama, musicals, comedy, staged readings and new original works. We talk with organizer Melissa Kaplan.


Paul Canaan photo
Brooke Allen / WKAR

Current State’s Brooke Allen checks out the Wharton Center's "Take It from the Top" camp.

If you were alive in 1946, you may have heard the classic radio version of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” But if you weren’t, don’t fret. You can experience a live reenactment of it at MICA Gallery in Old Town this Friday.


Janice Blixt photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival slate for this season includes “As You Like It” and “Richard II,” along with an adaptation of Michael Shaara’s “The Killer Angels.” Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with producing artistic director Janice Blixt about this year’s plans.


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Love's Labour's Lost photo
Courtesy photo / Shakespeare in the Arb

We find out why the greatest enemy to William Shakespeare is poison ivy, as the company of Shakespeare in the Arb gets ready to perform at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.


RENT photo
Ariniko O'Meara / Courtesy Riverwalk Theatre

Before there was "Hamilton," there was "RENT." Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with the cast and director of the Riverwalk Theatre’s production of this Pulitzer-winning musical set during the AIDS crisis of the mid-1990s.


Bridges of Madison County photo
Courtesy photo / 'The Bridges of Madison County' National Tour

He won two Tony awards for writing the musical version of "The Bridges of Madison County." We speak composer Jason Robert Brown about that musical, which opens at the Wharton Center Thursday night.


Mark Colson photo
Courtesy photo / Purple Rose Theatre

The current show at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea is a world premiere. “Gaps in the Fossil Record” runs through May 28th. We talk with Purple Rose artistic director Guy Sanville and the show’s star, MSU Theatre professor Mark Colson.


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