December, 2012

Well, here we are.  Your fledgling theater company is now a robust 3 years old, and we’re growing in exciting ways. 

2012 montageWe perform high-quality, inexpensive, outdoor theater in the summertime. We play at the West Park band shell on Summer evenings, and we partner with other local companiesto bring you stirring, interesting theatrical experiences throughout the rest of the year.

We’re kind of on a roll, and we can’t wait to do it again.  This year, we continue our growth spurt.  Spring will bring our first ever staged reading of a new work by a local playwright.*  We will partner with a local restaurant for a one-night-only special event, and yes, broadswords will be involved.  Summer will find us back at West Park for our biggest show ever, running throughout July.

And the best part stays the same: tickets will still be really really cheap, so you can see first-rate live theater without breaking the bank.  But we can’t do it without your help. WE KEEP TICKET PRICES LOW BECAUSE WE ARE FUNDED ENTIRELY VIA PRIVATE DONATIONS.  So we need you to make that happen.

Donating is really easy: Click Here to donate online. Or, just call us at (734) 276-2832 or send your donation to our address below (checks can be addressed to “The Penny Seats.”)  As always, a $100 donation gets you 2 free tickets to both shows.  

This is our only chance to raise the money we need.  Please, please help us make it happen.

Thank you so much.  We’ll see you this winter!


November, 2012

It’s a little hard to express in a reserved way how excited we are at the approach of our annual benefit show for 826michigan, Five Bowls of Oatmeal.  It’s us, at Rackham Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, November 18th at 3:00pm, doing staged readings of brilliant plays written by local students and using lots of foam board and markers and sound effects and crazy costumes, and stuff. These plays are incredible, as are their authors, and each and every one boasts an oatmeal mention, somewhere.   And did we mention that 826michigan is the coolest, hippest, Robot Storeiest, funkiest learning outfit in town? If you haven’t checked them out, do it now, here.  See??  Suffice it to say, we’re honored to be involved for a third year.  Don’t miss this show.  $5 at the door, folks, and FREE if you’re under 18.

oatmeal 2012 poster


October, 2012

From_Broadway_picThe Ann Arbor Senior Center is a tremendous community resource, and they deserve some recognition for all they do. In addition to providing exceptional programming for seniors all week long, they generously rent their space to needy nonprofits like us, and others.  We rehearsed She Loves Me at the Center all summer, and had the warmest reception would could have imagined.  This  Sunday, October 21, we’re saying thanks, with a cabaret show featuring music from She Loves Me, as well as a host of other Broadway favorites.  We’re calling it From Broadway to the Huron River, and it’s only $5 per ticket!  And if you’re a member of the Senior Center, it’s completely free.  Join us for 90 minutes of family fun.  The show starts at 1:30pm at the Center, and tickets are available a(734) 794-6250.  Hope to see you there!


August, 2012

She Loves Me set crowd records for us every weekend, despite some dodgy weather, and we’re proud to say it was a hit with spectators and critics alike.  Huge thanks to everyone who came out for the show.  We hope you had fun.  So long for now, West Park!  We’ll be back.


July, 2012

She Loves Me opened at West Park this weekend and quickly broke all prior Penny Seats attendance records.  Friends and strangers packed the park to see this jewelbox of a show.  And Performance Network’s Carla Milarch wrote,  “You see?  Even I’m waxing poetic about this darling little piece. I’ll be willing to bet after seeing it, you will too.”  Come see what all the fuss is about.  

Buy Tickets here.

Alas, even in a fairly dry year, playing in the park sometimes comes with its own occupational hazards.  We apologize to our stalwart patrons for having to cancel our show on Friday due to the rain.  Per our policy, we will honor all tickets for the July 27th show at every subsequent performance.  If you have any questions about our policy, please drop us a line at info@pennyseats.org or call us at (734) 276-2832.  Stay dry, all, and see you tomorrow!


June, 2012

The Penny Seats Theatre Company is once again partnering with What’s Cooking to offer you the opportunity to watch our Summer show with a belly full of delicious home-cooked food.  It’s easy, it’s cheap, and it’s the perfect way to complete your outdoor theatre experience. 

Go to the What’s Cooking website and click on the Penny Seats link under “Categories.” Choose WEST PARK BAND SHELL for the delivery option.  Then, at the end of your order, there is a Comments section.  Type the date and time you will be seeing our show and your selections will be delivered to the theater for you. Your name will be marked on your order. 


May, 2012

Rehearsals are about to begin for our second summer show at Ann Arbor’s West Park Band Shell, and Brown Paper Tickets can make sure you’ll be front and center (or wherever you’re most comfortable) when the show opens!

Visit our Tickets page for more information, or hop straight to Brown Paper Tickets.

Archive~~element131As The Penny Seats prepare their second summer show in Ann Arbor’s West Park Band Shell, the company is hosting its “Meet Market” open house event at the Arbor Brewing Company, located at 114 E. Washington Street, on Saturday, May 12!

Designers, performers, technicians, fans, friends – anyone interested in getting involved with the Penny Seats or simply getting to know the company over a drink or two are invited.

Print this coupon and bring it with you and ABC will generously donate 10 percent of your bill to the company!


April, 2012


Once again, we’re looking for more Penny Seats – this time, singing ones!

In this classic musical, two workplace rivals spend their days bickering and their nights falling in love as secret penpals, while their quirky coworkers deal with a spate of other problems.  Performances will be outdoors in Ann Arbor’s West Park Bandshell, from late July into mid-August.

Auditions will be May 7 and 9, 2012 from 6 – 9 pm at the Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Drive, Ann Arbor.
Performances will be at the West Park Band Shell, July 26-28, August 2-4, and August 9-11, all at 7:00 p.m.
Please contact director Jacqui Robbins at jacqui_robbins@yahoo.com to schedule your audition. Visit our Auditions page for more information about specific roles, and how to prepare.

See you there!


March, 2012


It was only a matter of time…

The last four performances of What Corbin Knew are now sold out!

If you have not yet reserved tickets, please call Performance Network’s box office at (734) 663-0681 to get your name on the waiting list! We may be able to get you in yet.

Many thanks to our generous hosts at Performance Network, our friends at BlackbirdTrader Joe’s and The Cupcake Station, and everyone else who helped make our second  show such a success!

Last Tuesday, we opened our second show ever: Jeffrey Hatcher’s twisty, twisted What Corbin Knew

To a sold-out house, a splended opening-night afterglow, lots of laughs and even the occasional gasp.

It is our sad duty to report that the Sunday, March 11 show is sold out. (Well, we’re actually pretty happy about this; we’re only sad that allowing in more patrons would get us in trouble with the fire marshal.) We’ll do our best to keep our Tickets page updated with news of sold-out houses or other changes.

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 7 has followed suit, and the remaining tickets for Tuesday the 6th are running out!

UPDATE 2: Whoa – going into our third week, the only show with tickets remaining is Tuesday, March 13!

We strongly advise you to reserve tickets now – or to visit our Contact page to find out how to get involved with our summer show, She Loves Me!


January, 2012

We can’t say it enough: Thank you for supporting our second season!

Our annual appeal, which will see us through both our upcoming production of What Corbin Knew and this summer’s She Loves Me, has been a resounding success thanks to our fantastic donors! (If you haven’t bragged to your friends yet, just send them a link to our Sponsors page.) We’ve met and exceeded our fundraising goals for the year – and we’ll make every penny of it show.

In rehearsal: What Corbin Knew by Jeffrey Hatcher
Tickets are available now! 

Find out more information, or just purchase them online!

Corbin Group“But there could have been things I missed …
I just wish we could start over.”

A contractor has been granted a private luxury skybox in a new arena, perfect for taking in rock concerts and sporting events. Unfortunately, when the lonely Corbin invites two couples to share in his good fortune, their meeting sets off a dangerous – yet often hilarious – chain of clashes. A shocking, tragic turn prompts Corbin to wonder what went on behind his back; given a new perspective on the story, we soon realize that his so-called friends are more desperate, absurd, and twisted than he had ever imagined. 

Director Jacqui Robbins, who also directed last summer’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), thinks the show is a perfect fit for the company, as well as Performance Network’s second stage: “What Corbin Knew is a theatrical wild ride; it’s fast-paced and farcical, with a clever structure that’s full of surprises.  But it also challenges our assumptions about people and stereotypes and what we think we know.  The Mosh Pit is so fabulously intimate; we’re hoping audiences will feel like they are right in the skybox with the characters.” Matt Cameron, Rebecca Hardin, Melynee Saunders Warren (member, Actor’s Equity Association), Roy Sexton, and Russ Schwartz will star. 

President Lauren London, last seen as Constance in Goodnight Desdemona, has taken on the job of producing the group’s second show. She adds, “Performance Network is essentially acting as an incubator for our company this winter.  They have loaned us space, props, set, and costume pieces, have treated us like family, and have defrayed many of the expenses we would typically pay for this show. We couldn’t ask for a greater mentor, or more substantial help as we grow.”

What Corbin Knew by Jeffrey Hatcher
Performance Network’s Second Stage (The Mosh Pit)
February 28 and 29, March 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14 2012
All shows will begin at 7 pm.
Click here for ticket information
Front_tableau_2RPhoto by Dawn Kaczmar