February 1, 2018 Thursday performance 8pm:
No Outlet Improv - Troupe members bring short-form, fast-paced, interactive fun to audiences of all ages. No Outlet is a Grand Rapids original entertainment group that is working throughout West Michigan to promote and perform improvisational theater. Members include: Nick Milbratz, Kristen Hirtsch, Sean Francis, Eirann Betka, and T.J. Corbett.
February 2- 4; 8pm Friday & Saturday, 3pm Sunday:
The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
The Knight of the Burning Pestle, by Francis Beaumont, this play within a play is a 1607 burlesque of citizen drama and chivalric romance.
Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company is Michigan’s only year-round, touring Shakespeare Company.
February 5, 12, 19, 26
Dog Story’s popular Comedy Outlet Mondays will continue throughout the Festival at 7:00 pm each Monday night. Comedy Outlet Mondays (COM) is an experimental comedy hub in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. From 7pm-8pm, audiences only pay $6 to watch a variety of local artists performing brand new comedy from improv, to sketch, to puppets and music and beyond!
The second hour opens up the stage for those who wish to watch, or participate in, a free open comedy lab. Here, anyone can try new games, network, and may even be inspired to create an act and return as a performer. COM has become an ongoing circuit of performing, playing, producing, and polishing, all leading back to establishing new artists/art forms in Grand Rapids.
February 8, 9 & 11; 8pm Thursday & Friday, 3 pm Sunday
The Brutal Sea
Chaos & Entropy, by Kimmy Snyder and Declan Maher; a multidisciplinary collage. It involves short plays, sketch and improv comedy, performance art, video content, and poetry. This piece offers the audience a space for emotional exploration, catharsis, laughter, and expressions of hope and forgiveness.
It contains strong language and is not suitable for children.
24 Hour Theatre - hosted by the Dog Story Theater
All Day Saturday, February 10 with a performance at 8pm!
Writers, Actors and Directors Wanted!! One Performance Only!
February 16 - 18; 8pm Friday & Saturday, 3pm Sunday:
GEM Theatrics- 2 Across: A Comedy of Crosswords and Romance, by Jerry Mayer.
The husband and wife duo of Gary E. Mitchell and Mary Beth Quillin return with a Michigan premiere.
From the New York Times review of the 2015 Off-Broadway production: “Catch a subway home from the San Francisco airport at 4 a.m., and you’d think you could have a quiet ride, just you and your crossword puzzle, duking it out. That’s not the way it goes, though, in 2 Across...Janet, a puzzle aficionado… her unmistakable leave-me-alone vibe is catnip to Josh, who boards Janet’s otherwise empty car, carrying the same crossword, and instantly begins a conversation."
She’s organized and sensible. He’s a free spirit. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, “Crosswords are a metaphor for life; those who finish, succeed, those who don’t, fail.” Boy meets girl, does boy get girl?
February 22 - 23, 8pm Thursday & Friday
10 Minute Play Festival Performances
Script deadline was January 15. Selections will be made by 1/23/18
ACTORS: auditions will be held on 1/30/18 at Dog Story Theatre at 7pm. Directors need to plan to be present for these as well, so you can cast your shows!
Casting will be announced that week. Directors will be responsible to coordinate rehearsal schedules with their cast.
February 24 & 25, 8pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday
Hole in the Wall Theatre Company
Grand Rapids' only Commedia Troupe will present an original comedy; Yes, We're Closed.
A shopkeeper is suddenly locked out of his store, with the precious money he owes to a vicious loan shark locked inside...the neighborhood gets pulled into the madness, as desperate measures, scandalous revelations, and questionable prescriptions run wild in the streets!
February 24, Saturday, 3:00 pm
Alternative Acts (AATC)
Performance Piece: I'm So...
Hole in the Wall presents the premier production of Alternative Acts Theatre Company, a group of students from Aquinas College. “I'm So...” is a theatrical exploration of the stigmas and societal noise surrounding mental health issues. One Performance Only
March 1, 8:00 pm
No Outlet Improv - Final Festival Improv Event
No Outlet Improv returns with one more fun evening of interactive improv!
March 2, 3 & 4, 8pm Friday & Saturday, 3pm Sunday
The University Wits - The Last Five Years, a musical by Jason Robert Brown
The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie's is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect. Directed by J.J. Lindke and starring Emily Diener and Steffan Copenhaver
The Lake Effect Fringe Festival seeks to highlight performer-focused theater in a non-traditional theater space, creating an intimate performance experience for audiences who can expect different seating configurations and differing levels of interaction with the performers at any given performance. All performances take place in the black box performance space of the Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, 49503. Tickets for all events can be purchased in advance on the Dog Story Theatre’s website: www.dogstorytheater.com, and are $14/adults and $8/students and seniors. Comedy Mondays are just $6!