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The 54th Season of Festival Playhouse

Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College presents its 54th season: THEATRE AND MAKING NEW FAMILIES. Many of us in the theatre believe that our community of artists comprises a family – people who spend a lot of time together and who are capable of great joy and love in their collaboration. But families also can have a painful side. Our three productions next year present both that joy and that pain in a new way. These are not stories about traditional nuclear families, but about characters searching to make sense of their family's past history or trying to create a new vision of family altogether. In the musical Fun Home, three different versions of Alison try to come to terms with their identity. In Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, a turn-of–the century African American seamstress seeks to create a family beyond her boardinghouse, and marry a man she's never met. Both plays as well as our Senior Performance Series productions combine comedy and drama in ways that ultimately touch both our hearts and minds.

FALL

FUN HOME (Week 8) Nov. 2-5, 2017:  The Tony Award winning musical. Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron’83 and Jeanine Tesori. Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. As was the case for Kron’s Tony award winning WELL, Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College is proud to be the first college to produce FUN HOME.

WINTER

The 8th Annual Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival Feb. 2-4, 2018 at the Judy Jollife Theatre  in downtown Kalamazoo. Among other works, new plays written, performed, and directed by Kalamazoo College students.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE SERIES (Weeks 6) Feb. 15-18, 2018.  Student -directed plays from our “best and brightest” who continue the long tradition of students creating their own theatre. Week 6, Feb. 15-18: Mal Ojo written and directed by Johanna Keller Flores ’18 and Too Close to The Tracks written and directed by Sam Meyers ’18 as well as Selections from The Search For Signs For Intelligent Life In the Universe by Jane Wagner, performed by Tricia LaCaze ’18.

SPRING

INTIMATE APPAREL by Lynn Nottage. (Week 7) May 17-20, 2018. Winner of the 2004 New York Drama Circle and Outer Critic Circle awards. Lynn Nottage is one of the most poetic and honored of contemporary American playwrights (Ruined, Crumbs from the Table of Joy) and Intimate Apparel may be her most moving and thoughtful play. Set in a 1900s boardinghouse, Esther, an African American seamstress loves Mark, a white Jewish fabric seller, but agrees to marry George, a Caribbean man she corresponds with under false pretenses. A play about race, love, and dreams.

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Festival Playhouse is a proud member of Theatre Kalamazoo (TK), a consortium of theatres from Kalamazoo County. TK demonstrates that collectively we can achieve much more than we can as individual theatres--and together, we promote the very things that define what is truly special about being alive in the world, interacting with one another to celebrate humanity at large.

Theatre that is always provocative. Theatre that is always thoughtful.

Festival Playhouse gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation.