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OUR 2023-2024 SEASON 

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM
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WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME by Heidi Schreck
The play The New York Times hailed as "not just the best play on Broadway, but also the most important."

 

Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned college money by competing in Constitutional debate competitions across the U.S. In this hilarious and hopeful play, adult Heidi looks back at her younger self, her mother, and her grandmother, tracing the impact the Constitution had on all of their lives. Directed by Briana O'Neal, featuring Emily Wilson-Tobin, David Galido, and Skye Soleà. The production and design team includes Paul Taylor (scenic design), Jeff Alder (lighting design), Genevieve Compton (costume design), Carla Milarch (props/sound design), and Carolyn Pierce (stage manager).

 

October 20 - November 12, 2023     (Single tickets: $28)

THE YEAR WITHOUT A PANTO CLAUS
by Carla Milarch & R. MacKenzie Lewis 

Bring your whole family to this boisterous holiday musical!

Santa’s been watching too much depressing cable news again. When he decides to take the year off, elves Jingle and Jangle search the globe to find him and bring back Christmas cheer. From the brilliant minds that brought you An Almost British Christmas and Sugar Plum Panto. Directed by Carla Milarch, with music direction by Brian Buckner, featuring Monica Spencer, Roxy Carlin, Aya Jackson, Kori Fay, and Leah Fox.  The production team includes Monica Spencer (scenic), Jeff Alder (lighting), Genevieve Compton (costume), Becky Fox (props), and Briana O’Neal (stage management).

Dec. 15, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024, Fri.@7:30pm, Sat.@3pm & 7:30pm, & Sun.@2:00 pm

(Single tickets: $30 for adults, $12 for kids 16 years and under)

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FORTUNE by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Michigan Premiere

This madcap romantic comedy is full of mishaps and mistaken identities!

Madame Rosa is looking for a new job. Typist? Astronaut? Anything would be better than being a storefront psychic who can actually see the future. And Jeremy is desperate. A nebbishy accountant looking for love, he stumbles into Madame Rosa’s to find answers once and for allDirected by Carla Milarch, featuring Russ Schwartz and Josie Herman.

February 2-25, 2024          (Single tickets: $28)

the ripple, the wave that carried me home by Christina Anderson
Michigan Premiere

A memory play about family and the complicated truths we pass along.

In 1960s Kansas, a Black family fights to integrate public swimming pools. When their youngest daughter, Janice, is pressured by her father to participate, she grows to resent him, eventually leaving to start a life elsewhere. Years later, she looks back on the past she tried to forget. Directed by Lynch Travis, featuring Bryana Hall, Yolanda Davis, Tayler Jones, and Jonathan Jones.

 

March 22 - April 14, 2024          (Single tickets: $28)

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DEATH OF A DRIVER by Will Snider
Michigan Premiere

Can two friends from different worlds try to make change before their worlds tear them apart?

Sarah is an American engineer, and Kennedy is an East African driver. When Sarah moves to Kenya to build a highway, they strike up a friendship with a shared mission to transform rural Kenya. But a local election dispute tests their alliance, and they clash over the realities of doing good abroad. Directed by Shelby Seeley, featuring Sarah B. Stevens and Justin Montgomery.

May 17 - June 9, 2024          (Single tickets: $28)

DOCTOR MOLOCH by Carla Milarch
World Premiere

Science Fiction theatre about Artificial Intelligence.

It’s 2029, and tech startup VitalAI is about to launch the first humanoid robot doctor, capable of personalized medicines and single-cell cancer detection. There’s only one problem: the good doctor has no empathy. When actress Serena Blaise arrives to teach him how to “be human,” she gets much more than she bargained for. Directed by Briana O'Neal. 

July 12 - August 4, 2024          (Single tickets: $28)          

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MICHIGAN PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

Theatre NOVA focuses on new plays and new playwrights and is dedicated to working with new and local playwrights to help them develop their craft and to offer brand new plays for audiences. We created the Michigan Playwrights Festival to nurture Michigan playwrights and to develop full-length plays for future seasons. Plays that were products of Michigan Playwrights Festivals that have received their world premieres at Theatre NOVA include Mazel Tov, John Lennon by David Wells (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Resisting by David Wells (Wilde Award for Best Original Production), Mrs. Fifty Bakes a Pie by Linda Ramsay Detherage, Clutter by Brian Cox (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Irrational by R. MacKenzie Lewis and David Wells (Wilde Award for Best New Script), Katherine by Kim Carney (Wilde Award Nomination for Best New Script), Spin (aka Swimming While Drowning) by Emilio Rodriguez, and Bird by Kristin Hanratty.

August 21 - 25, 2024   (Individual tickets: $10, festival passes $30)       

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