Open Book Theatre Company is a new member of the Chamber of Commerce. We are a new professional theatre company currently performing in Southgate and we’d like to introduce ourselves to you by inviting you to our upcoming production, offering a discount on tickets, offering a special deal on our program advertising (but act fast, the deadline is this Friday!) and telling you a bit about what we do!
The second show in our season, the Tony Award Winning play Red about the artist Mark Rothko, runs December 5-13. Tickets are normally $20 or $15 for students and seniors, but Chamber members get $5 off any tickets purchased for the opening weekend (Dec 5 and 6 at 8pm and Dec 7 at 2pm). Use the code SWCRC when purchasing online for this special Chamber deal to appear!
Second Chance Season Tickets
We offered our audiences for our first show, Sylvia, the chance to apply the price of their tickets to a Second Chance Season Ticket, and we’re offering that same discount to chamber members, even if you missed Sylvia. You can see the remaining 3 shows in our season for only $50 ($40 for students/seniors). Learn more and order your tickets here. That’s quite a discount from our regular single show prices of $20/$15 (which is still a bargain for such great entertainment!)
Advertise in our Program
Special deal for Chamber Members
Advertise in our program for as little as $25! An ad in our program not only gets your business in front of our audience, but it supports the work we are doing to bring professional theatre downriver. As you surely know, arts and culture are an integral part of creating a community where people want to live and work. I’m offering Chamber members a special deal to include your ad in all 3 shows for the rest of our season: buy 2 ads, get one free, but you need to act fast. Our deadline for Red programs is this Friday: November 21st. If you get the digital ad copy to us by Friday you can either pay online or mail the check to us (we will give you a few days grace period on that check!) CLICK HERE to view and download the contract with the special offer.
We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit. We are a professional theatre, which means we hire professional artists with degrees and years of experience to direct, design and perform our shows. We are dedicated to telling stories that resonate in the lives of our Downriver audiences. We are starting with a four play season in 2014-2015, and looking to expand to outreach into schools, classes and workshops, and more. We dream of owning a space downriver and becoming a cultural center for this area. Are you familiar with The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea or The Tipping Point in Northville? These are great examples of what we are looking to build. Learn more about our staff and board and what we do on our website.
Support Open Book Theatre Company
There are many ways you can support the continued work of Open Book. See a show! Tell all your friends about us! Donate! (we are a not for profit, and all donations are tax deductible!) Sponsor a show – for $2500 your name and logo will be on our advertising, and your full page, color ad will be on the back of our program. Let me know if you have a business that can display our show posters and postcards. Perhaps your business can offer us a loan or in kind donation for set and prop needs.
Thanks, and I look forward to more opportunities to get to know you and the work you do!
For more information about our production of Red by John Logan, click here.
Dennis Kleinsmith (Mark Rothko) After graduating from Wayne State University, Dennis went on to work at various Detroit-area theatres such as Meadowbrook, Plowshares, and the Jewish Ensemble Theatre before moving west. Between Seattle and Los Angeles he accrued dozens of professional stage and film credits (all of which were memorable and important to him so none are listed here so none get left out) and in the years he’s been back home he’s added Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare in Detroit, the Abreact and most recently, the role of Roy Cohn in the Ringwald Theatre’s productions of “Angels in America”. He is thrilled and honored to be making his Open Book debut in “RED” and hopes you enjoy it as much he does.
Richard Payton (Ken) is honored to be a part of Open Book’s inaugural season and to be a part of this production in particular. Richard has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. He has performed at many theatres in the area including The Ringwald (The Submission, Love! Valour! Compassion!, A Bright Room Called Day and more) Two Muses Theatre (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Next to Normal and Greetings!), Planet Ant (Hebrew Hammer, Henrietta Hermaline’s Fall from Great Heights), The Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company (The Altruists, Rosmersholm), Detroit’s Music Hall and most recently at The City Theatre in Evil Dead: The Musical. He would like to thank Krista, Topher and Dennis for this amazing experience, his supportive family and you for supporting local theatre.
Topher Alan Payne (Director) is a Michigan based actor and director. Originally hailing from Lubbock, Texas, Topher has a BFA in Acting Performance from Texas Tech University and an MFA in Acting from Wayne State University. He has worked on stage with Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Tulsa’s American Theatre Company, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, The Angel Fire Mountain Theatre Company, and The Berkshire Fringe Festival. He has also taught high school theatre, and directed many productions on the high school level and in various storefront spaces in Texas, Oklahoma, and Michigan. He wants to thank his boyfriend Jeff for all of his love and support.
Harley Miah (Lighting Designer) is a professional in the entertainment technology industry. Specializing in lighting design and programing, he also works as a sound engineer, stage manager, and production manager at Whitestar Nightclub and Burst Audio and Lighting. He is a freelance lighting programmer for a large number of nightclubs in the Detroit area, and across the country, and has served as stage manager and lighting designer for various events including the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit. He works with the RHS Theatre program and is a proud member of AKT. Harley is also a respected techno DJ, performing under the name “Harley from Detroit,” and can be heard every Sunday evening on BurstRadio.net. In the summer he loves to ride his bike around the mean streets of Wyandotte.
Brandy Joe Plambeck (Sound Designer) is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Open Book’s first season! Co-founder and Media Director of Ferndale’s Ringwald Theatre, Brandy Joe has previously created soundscapes for BUG, KILLER JOE, MERCURY FUR, and INTO THE WOODS to name a few. In May, Brandy Joe will have an MFA in acting from Wayne State’s Hilberry Theatre and is excited to be getting back to the awesome Detroit theatre scene! Brandy Joe also did the sound design for Open Book’s Inaugural production, SYLVIA.
Kat Walsh (Movement) is honored to work with such an exciting new theatre company on this production of Red. Select directing/choreography/acting credits include: Twelfth Night (A2CT), King Lear (A2CT), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (A2CT), Summer and Smoke (Wayne State University), How I Learned to Drive (A2CT), The Laramie Project (A2CT), Les Miserables (Tecumseh Youth Theatre), Urban Flow (U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies), Bitter Glass (Chakram Theatre Company), Crave (University of Notre Dame), Oedipus Rex (University of Notre Dame), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival), The Fantasticks (Farley Hall Players), Guys and Dolls (PE Musical Company), Into the Woods (PE Musical Company), Mandrake (University of Notre Dame), and Blackbeard, For Instance.
Krista Schafer Ewbank (Producer, props) is the Artistic Director of Open Book Theatre, and was seen as Sylvia in our inaugural production. John Logan was her playwrighting teacher at Northwestern University, and although she learned from one of the best, her play still sits, collecting dust, in a drawer somewhere. She couldn’t be prouder, though, to present John’s beautiful and moving play.
Open Book is excited to be teaming up with local shelters and adoption agencies to help get word out about animals needing adopting, ways to volunteer, and the exciting and compassionate work these groups do. In Sylvia Greg and Kate’s lives are changed by the adoption of a stray dog, and although it may not always be smooth sailing… well, we don’t want to give away the ending, but it IS a comedy.
Maybe you are looking to be a forever home to a new pet. Or maybe you are interested in helping to care for the pets in transition in our community by fostering, volunteering, or donating. In any case, check out the work of these amazing groups! Click on their logos to be taken directly to their website.
Friday September 26, 8pm:
WAG Animal Rescue
WAG Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit (501c3), domestic companion animal rescue organization dedicated to placing homeless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in permanent, loving, responsible homes. We have been helping animals throughout southeastern Michigan since 1988. WAG accepts strays, animals from shelters, and owner give-ups into our adoption program.
To find permanent, loving homes for adoptable animals, whether they are unclaimed strays, or relinquished by their owners; To assist in the education of the public about the care needed by companion animals and the benefits to humans of sharing their life with a companion animal; To help educate the public about the benefits (both to animal and the public) of spaying and neutering companion animals.
WAG Animal Rescue
P.O. Box 222
Wyandotte, Michigan 48192-0222
Saturday September 27, 8pm:
Waggin’ Tails Dog Rescue
Sunday September 28, 2pm:
Woodhaven/Trenton Animal Shelter
Our vision is to be a model shelter by addressing pet overpopulation by providing solutions with information and prevention through education.
Until they all have a home!!
We speak for those who can’t.
Thursday October 2, 8pm:
Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter
The Friends are dedicated to the rescue and protection of animals in the community, while inspiring healthy relationships between people and their companion animals. As animal advocates, we are committed to:
- Saving all adoptable animals.
- Providing high-quality animal care and adoption services.
- Delivering innovative outreach programs and activities that promote education.
- Promoting animal welfare legislation.
- Embracing environmental responsibility with earth-friendly practices and facilities.
a second contact….
Friday October 3, 8pm:
Shelter to Home
Shelter to Home is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue organization that works to save impounded animals predominantly in southeastern Michigan by placing them into a home foster care setting until permanent and loving homes can be found.
Saturday October 4, 8pm:
DCAC (Downriver Central Animal Control)
The DCACA’s animal shelter is a collaborative effort among Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Southgate, and Wyandotte. All cities adopted uniform ordinances and combined jurisdictions except for Lincoln Park, which uses the shelter for housing only.
Wyandotte’s animal shelter serves as the main adoption center. All adoptions are handled by Wyandotte’s facility. The Southgate facility serves as the intake facility and holds animals until space is made available at Wyandotte’s adoption center. Often the majority of animals at the intake facility are available for adoption, but the adoption facility is full and they cannot be transferred until space becomes available. Therefore, be sure to look on this Facebook page and on the DCACA’s Adopt-A-Pet page for a listing of the animals that are available for adoption. You may put in an adoption application for an animal that is currently being housed at the Southgate facility by visiting www.wacshelter.com. You may also visit the animal that you are interested in adopting at the Southgate facility during office hours.
OFFICE HOURS for the SOUTHGATE INTAKE/SHELTER: 734-246-1328
Monday – Friday: 10am – 11am and again from 3pm – 4pm. The shelter is closed on weekends and national holidays.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are looking for additional photos of a certain animal, please check their individual posting on DCAC’s Adopt-A-Pet website:
HOURS for ADOPTIONS at WYANDOTTE ADOPTION CENTER: 734-324-4445
Monday: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Tuesday: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Sunday 10am – 1pm
Wyandotte’s street address and website:
1170 Grove St.
Wyandotte, MI 48192
We’ve got an exciting season of wonderful stories lined up.
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by A.R. Gurney
Sept 26, 27, 28 and Oct 2, 3, 4
Dec 5, 6, 7 and 11, 12, 13
by Lee Blessing
Feb 26, 27, 28 and March 5, 6, 7
by David Lindsay-Abaire
May 1, 2, 3 and 7, 8, 9
Our inaugural season will be presented at Penelope’s Venue located at 12219 Dix Toledo Road in Southgate.
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.