Why Open Book?

why open book

How do you get to know someone?  Through their stories.  How do you let someone get to know you?  By telling your stories.

For as long as there have been people, people have been telling stories.  Whether around a campfire, on a stage, on the page, or over a cup of coffee, stories are how we connect to each other.  Theatre is a way for us to connect with each other through stories.  You might recognize yourself or someone you know in a character on the stage.  You might think “huh, I never thought of it that way before.”

What moves you more?  Facts and figures or a story of human struggle or triumph?  Open Book Theatre is for everyone who is moved by stories.  We hope that you will come to the theatre to laugh and cry.  We hope you come away with insights and questions.  We believe we are telling stories that are important and relevant to your life.

Our Official Mission Statement: 

Open Book theatre is a professional theatre company that works to strengthen our community through the telling of stories.  By telling our stories we explore who we are.  Through engaging in the stories of others we may be enlightened, challenged and changed – looking not only through the eyes of another at the world, but looking with new eyes upon our own place in the world.  Our productions, outreach and educational programs strive to create a safe place to explore our humanity: the light and dark, the good and the bad, the known and the unknown.  Through these shared experiences  we grow, gaining insight that will deepen our experience in community.  Our ensemble approach to our work is born from a desire for community, and together we strive for excellence in all that we do, enriching the cultural experience of the Downriver community.