Festival Playhouse

Festival Playhouse is Proud to Announce Our 2019-2020 Season 

Season 56: 'Herstory: Forgotten Female Figures'

Nov. 7-10, 2019 - The Spitfire Grill. Book and Music by James Valcq and book by Frank Alley.

Directed by Visiting Professor "C" Heaps

Based on the 1996 movie of the same name, this musical follows the story of a young woman named Percy Talbott trying to fit back into society after being released from jail. upon arriving in the small town of Gilead, WI, she is met with harshness and criticism. She gets a job as a waitress at The Spitfire Grill and has to navigate all of the prejudices against her. 

Feb. 27-March 1, 2020 - Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Ren Berthel

Based on the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a gifted astronomer. Along with a group of other female astronomers at the Harvard Observatory at the turn of the 20th century, Henrietta struggled for recognition while male colleagues took credit for her celestial discoveries. Silent Sky pays homage to Henrietta Leavitt's mind, efforts, and accomplishments.

May 14-17, 2020 - Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Directed by Guest Artist Bianca Washington

The winner of the Pulizer Prize for Drama in 2012, Water by the Spoonful is a beautiful play about family and where you find it. Odessa Ortiz, also known as "Haikumom," moderates a chatroom for recovering drug addicts and creates an online family network while her real-life family falls apart.  

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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.