Author: pennyseats

Our 2015 Summer Season Awaits

This summer, our dream of Summer Repertory Theatre in the Park becomes a little bit more like reality.  Two shows in the park, running back-to-back throughout July and August.  First, the beloved and hilarious, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and then, the beloved and hilariously named, Urinetown: The Musical (which won Tonys for its book and score)!  We’ll be at West Park from July 9th through August 15th, Thursday through Saturday nights at 7pm.  And as always, tickets to these professional shows will be only $10, due entirely to our donors’ generosity.  This year, we again owe great thanks to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, administered here in AA by the Arts Alliance, for a mini grant to support our season.  See you at the park!

Please Support Us

  Click Here to Donate:     (remember- a $100 donation gets you two free tickets to every show!) Thanks, all, for joining us this season.  This is is the most important, most exciting time in our history.  After five years of steady growth and our 2014 season ending with a tremendous sold-out run of Tomfoolery, we ask for your help as we finally achieve a long-awaited dream:  in Summer 2015, our fifth year at Ann Arbor’s West Park, The Penny Seats will present two full-scale, professional shows, for nine performances each, over six weeks. This will double our summer residency, and at last build us into the summer repertory company we set out to be. In five years we have enjoyed enthusiastic and growing support from the community.  We’re proud and excited, and we have many to thank.  Since day one, our funding model has been simple:  raise every season’s funds in advance, and don’t spend what you can’t raise.  We rely on donations and grants for 100% of our season budget.  We don’t …

Tomfoolery Sells Out Every Show. Encore Date Added!

Guys. Can you believe it?  Our little show, Tomfoolery, sold out Every Single Performance at Conor O’Neill’s this month. Every single one!  How thrilling!  We filled the restaurant.  We sang our hearts out.  We even got to talk about it on the radio.  The phone rang off the hook all month, and we’ve been overwhelmed with support and warm fuzzy goodness. Which brings us to this:  Due to high demand, we added one additional performance: Sunday, November 9th. Same time, same place, same everything.  Just on a Sunday.  Audience members can purchase tickets for the dinner-and-show package for just $20, or for the show only, for $10. Click here to buy tickets, or just call us at (734) 926-5346. We were thrilled at the reception this got, from patrons and critics alike. See this awesome review for Encore Michigan by Martin F. Kohn!  And Ann Arbor Observer columnist Davi Napoleon honored us with this tidbit: “I suppose it’s kind of mean to tell you how much fun Tomfoolery is – they keep adding chairs to accommodate the crowds, but I doubt the room at Connor …

Tomfoolery Opens Thursday, October 2!

Hi all, It’s time for our next offering of the 2014 Season!  Get your tickets HERE for Tomfoolery, a musical revue celebrating the off-kilter world of Tom Lehrer. We open at Conor O’Neill’s on Thursday, October 2nd.  Yes, we said Conor O’Neill’s, that Irish Pub and Restaurant on Main Street in Ann Arbor!   We’re thrilled to offer this show in partnership with Conor’s, to take full advantage of the fabulous food and space available in their beautiful Celtic Room. We think it’s a match made in heaven.  Come for dinner and pay a flat fee of just $20 per ticket for both dinner and the show (what a deal)!  Or, join us for the performance only, which begins at 8pm, for a mere $10.  Get your tickets by clicking HERE or call (734) 926-5346. After you order (using the link or phone number), your name will go on our door list for the night. Just show up, give your name, and you’re in.  We will not send you physical tickets.  Folks coming for dinner should arrive before 7:00pm …

“I act because it compels…” The Penny Seats’ upcoming production of Elektra

Originally posted on Reel Roy Reviews:
“…The audience is being given the gift of live theater. Films do not ask from us in their enacting, a film can merrily play out to an empty room, but the very beauty of live theater is the human exchange. Without that sense, it is dead.” – Emily Miller Mlcak (Mlcak is a beloved professor from my undergraduate days at Wabash College, and she wrote this in response to “scha·den·freu·de.”) Elektra cast photo by Dawn Marie Kaczmar These words rang in my ears the other week when I crashed a rehearsal of The Penny Seats’ summer production Elektra (as adapted by Ann Arbor’s own Anne Carson) for a sneak peek of the glorious mayhem that is sure to delight audiences at the West Park Band Shell July 10 – 26. In the spirit of transparency (oh, how I do hate that overused expression), I am one of the founders of The Penny Seats, and I held featured roles in the company’s first slate of offerings: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning…

Meet the Cast of Elektra

We are delighted to welcome the cast of Elektra. Here they are! Samer Ajluni is excited to be working with Penny Seats Theatre for the first time.  His most recent stage work includes “Emma”, a staged reading at the Matrix Theatre, Matt Friedman in “Talley’s Folly” with Puzzle Piece Theatre, and Louie in “Lost in Yonkers” at the Dio Theatre. He also appears in a short film called “Open House” that was shot in Ann Arbor, currently in development. He received his formal training in acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in Arts Management. Emily Caffery is originally from Leyden, Massachusetts, but has been privileged to call Ann Arbor home for the past four years. Local productions include The Glass Menagerie at the Performance Network and Steel Magnolias with Two Muses Theatre. She is newly returned from the East Coast where she was traveling with the nomadic street theater troupe The Vagari Project and training at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute. She could …