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2020-2021: Three Incredible Series

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through the current pandemic and its impact on the arts. The health and safety of our community of audience members, students, faculty, and staff is our priority. Our decisions are guided by directives from the State of Michigan, Wayne State University, and informed by medical experts.

Below, we’re sharing how we’re moving forward with our 2020-2021 season and what that means for subscribers. The 2020-2021 season will be comprised of three signature series, all shared through online experiences.

What are these signature performances and how can you engage with them?

Our signature series will be produced on a weekly basis and you’ll receive an email each Thursday announcing what’s coming up the following week! The weekly schedule will also be hosted here on our website.

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To provide our audience with the most flexible solution to our 2020-2021 season, we’re changing our model from the traditional subscription in which you select shows and dates in advance, to the more accommodating membership program which allows you to experience our paid programming in a way that works best for you.

Productions Series

Productions SeriesOur Productions Series is where you’ll find the digital experience of viewing fully-realized theatrical productions, similar to what you might experience when attending in-person at the theatre. Anyone can attend these digital performances for free but we suggest a $10 ticket to help us maintain the high quality you’ve come to expect from us. Dates will be announced as soon as available. Please check your email to receive our weekly “upcoming” schedule. Below are just a few of the productions we’re planning:

  • Pingree’s Past
    Theatre Experience — Play
    Guest artist Gary Anderson, a 2016 Kresge Artist Fellow and Artistic Director of Detroit’s Plowshares Theatre Company, directs the premiere work of acclaimed playwright, Garlia CorneliaPingree’s Past is a brand new play set in contemporary Detroit.
  • Anon(ymous)
    Theatre Experience — Play
    Written by Naomi Iizuka. Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey.
  • Healing Through Dance and Drums
    Dance Experience
    Through the lens of African Diasporic drum and dance, artists look to the past to author traditions of the future.
  • Shakespeare Sings!
    Theatre Experience — Musical
    In collaboration with guest artist and musical theatre composer Scotty Arnold, our MFA Acting students present songs inspired by the rich and lyrical words of William Shakespeare, reimagined for today’s audience. Check out this sneak peek video from Mr. Arnold and our Head of Performance, Cheryl Turski.
  • Unveiling the Mask
    Theatre Experience — Play/Solo Pieces
    Students guided by Billicia Charnelle Hines develop intimate portraits of themselves through their culture, history, and personal experience.
  • Trivøya Gold
    Theatre Experience — Musical
    The musical, with book and lyrics by Alana Jacoby and book and music by Scotty Arnold, is a story of death, nationalism, and Olympic Curling. In Trivøya, a small island off the coast of Norway, it is so cold that corpses don’t decompose. As a result, death is banned on the small island. Aching to die in their homes, the Trivøyan citizens demand independent rule, and will be given it if they can win an Olympic gold medal in curling. Check out some video clips from Mr. Arnold’s development work on this show.
  • Onsite/Insight
    Dance Experience 
    Virtual Dance Festival that is the culminating event and screening of dance films. Possible pop-up screening sites and large-scale projections as part of festival.
  • PLUS MORE!

Dialogue Series

Dialogue SeriesOur Dialogue Series is a free program that engages us developing connections and better understand our global community. This series will feature:

  • Reading Circle: Our new book club engages our community in conversations centered around selected works of literature with a goal of deepening the connection between the performing arts and civic engagement. The Reading Circle will help us build more diverse and inclusive audience relationships, ensuring that our artistic programming speaks to our community.
  • Friday Dance Symposium: Led by Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney, the Friday Dance Symposium series invites guest artist and faculty to share research and the creative work they’re pursuing.
  • Apple Discussion Series: Inspired by the The Apple Award, funded by the Nederlander family and named for family matriarch, Sarah Applebaum Nederlander, this evolution of the Apple Award program will feature ten or more online experiences where audiences will hear from actors, designers, managers, producers, and more from the American theatre — including Broadway talents.
  • Podcast: Five Minutes to Places: Our new podcast will take deep dives into current issues in the performing arts industry, explore topics and themes related to our Screening Room productions, and allow audiences inside the creative process.
  • Vlog: Devon Redmond will host this recurring video series where he interviews local theatre and dance artists and leaders, exploring the rich cultural opportunities available in metro-Detroit.

Studio Hours Series

Studio Hours SeriesOur Studio Hours Series is also a free program that explores the process of creating artistic works for the stage (or screen). This series will feature:

  • Design Labs: Faculty, students, and guest artists designers will walk you through their process from concept to construction.
  • Workshops: Each workshop will introduce a technique or method for crafting the elements that make a fully-realized production.
  • Demonstrations: Consider this the “unboxing” experience, where our artists and technicians reveal to you how specific elements are implemented in the creation of a work.
  • Skill Shares: Similar to workshops, the Skill Shares will focus on unique skills and how to train for them. Examples might be how to draft the scenic or lighting elements of a given show or how to get the perfect point in Ballet.
  • Guest Artists/Artists-in-Residence: Our guest artists will share how they work at their home organization and how that experience influences their work here with us.

Not subscribed yet? Become a member!

Woman watching her iPadTo provide our audience with the most flexible solution to our 2020-2021 season, we’re changing our model from the traditional subscription in which you select shows and dates in advance, to the more accommodating membership program which allows you to experience our paid programming in a way that works best for you. Learn more below and if you have questions, please email boxoffice@wayne.eduExclusively for the 2020-2021 season, we’re offering membership at the following rates — each includes full access to our online paid programming.

If you already subscribed, what does this mean for your subscription purchase?

Given that we are not currently planning for in-person performances, we are offering you three options for processing your subscription purchases. You may:

DONATE

DONATE the full amount of your subscription order as a tax-deductible gift to the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance Annual Fund. This will give you a year’s membership to attend all of our productions at no charge. All but $50 (the value of the new membership) is tax-deductible.

SPLIT

SPLIT a portion of your subscription order as a tax-deductible gift to the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance Annual Fund and refund the remainder back to you. You’re invited to donate 100%, 50%, or a percentage of your choosing. This will also give you a year’s membership to attend all of our productions at no charge. All but $50 (the value of the new membership) is tax-deductible.

REFUND

REQUEST a full refund of your subscription order. If you can, we hope you’ll consider donating or splitting your order as a tax-deductible gift. This will help us maintain the quality educational and artistic efforts that will ensure our students thrive during this pandemic while also funding these inventive new experiences.

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