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Elektra Rehearsals are underway

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We have officially begun rehearsals for our fourth summer residency at the West Park Band Shell, and this year, we are excited to present Sophocles’ Elektra, translated by former University of Michigan professor Anne Carson and directed by our co-founder Russ Schwartz.  Tickets are available HERE!  We are so excited.

We encourage our patrons to make an evening of coming to the show, which will perform Thursday,  Friday, and Saturday evenings in July, starting July 10th. Tickets are just $10, and grounds will open at 5:30pm each night with performances at 7:00pm. Picnic dinner packages will be available at the park.

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Here’s our stark, arresting poster.  Doesn’t that make you curious?

Anyway, Russ describes how we found Carson’s Elektra to be a thrilling prospect from its first experimental reading. “We didn’t want that session to end – there was too much to discuss. The story shows you a character who has been pushed to her limits by betrayal, hatred, and evil, fighting back with wit, subterfuge, open rebellion, and above all, total dedication to righting the wrong at the center of her life. It’s easy to love her while also being kind of afraid of her, and the same is true for the people around her. Through them, you can see how families pass along and transmute their pain, and how the traits they share can tear them apart.”

For the first time, we’re going to present the play in the brick promenade space in West Park, with the audience on the surrounding grass enjoying a direct view of the action. By working with the space rather than attempting to transform it, we allow the elements we choose for costumes and props – as well as the company itself – to suggest the world of the play. So, Elektra will be more immersive than any of our previous outdoor offerings, and will focus audiences on a surprisingly immediate drama and the questions at its core. The show suits us, and will challenge us to grow in meaningful ways. It is of a genre we have not yet attempted: a new translation of a classical work.

We are thrilled to have Emily Caffery, a veteran of Ann Arbor’s Performance Network Theatre, Carriage House Theatre and the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, starring as Elektra. She is joined by Scott Wilding, Sonja Marquis, DeAnnah Kleitz-Singleton, Samer Ajluni, Kez Settle, Katherine Nelson and Patrick Hanley. All cast members are performing with our company for the first time.

The production team includes Lauren London (producer), JP Hitesman (assistant director), Stephen Hankes (stage manager and set designer), Bridget Bly (costume designer) and Sean Murphy (technical director.)  Don’t miss this one!

We Value Your Support

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​It has been another incredible year for the Penny Seats Theatre Company.

​Hundreds came out to see our summer show, “Little Me,” at West Park in Ann Arbor, enjoying not only a fun musical, but the chance to put down a cozy blanket and have a picnic with loved ones while they watched. In addition to “Little Me,” we partnered with local restaurants, Ann Arbor Brewing Co. and Vellum, to bring you staged readings of “Thorstein the Staff-Struck,” written by our own Russ Schwartz, and “Nightfall,” a play adapted from Edgar Allen Poe’s most well-known writings. The events included themed menus, private dining spaces, and intimate performances.

That’s what it’s all about for us: we strive not simply to put on shows, but to create unique, affordable experiences you can’t find anywhere else in town. 2014 will be our most ambitious season yet. We’ll have more offerings than ever before, including more restaurant partnerships and performances in new spaces. The season culminates with a modern translation of “Elektra” at West Park. We’re excited to get going, and can’t wait to see you at our performances.

We pride ourselves on being able to make theatre accessible to everyone in our community—that’s what drives us to partner with local organizations (City of Ann Arbor Parks & Rec, A2 Senior Center, 826michigan, A La Rouge, and more). It’s also why we feel strongly about keeping the cost of ticket prices low. We’re able to do this thanks to you: our season is completely donor-funded!

As we continue to set ambitious goals for our theatre company, we look to our supporters for aid. We want to make sure our community can experience affordable, enjoyable theatre for years to come, but we can’t do that without your help. Any amount helps–and as always, a $100 donation gets you two free tickets to ALL of our shows this year.

To make a donation, call us at (734) 926-5346, or just click on the Donate button below.

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Donations can also be mailed to us at:  The Penny Seats, 2720 White Oak Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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Welcome to our new website!

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Welcome to our new website!  We hope you like our new look.  Take a look around, and don’t hesitate to let us know if something doesn’t work, or if you can’t find something you need.  We’d love your feedback.  Call us at (734) 926-5346, or e-mail us at info@pennyseats.org.  Many thanks.

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