Main Stage Productions
Life Is A Dream
- By Pedro Calderon de la Barca
- Directed by Bryan Wakefield
Thursday–Saturday, March 1-3 and Thursday–Saturday, March 8-10 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
If a person is locked in a dungeon because a prophecy foretells of becoming a tyrant, will one succumb to fate and rule with an iron fist or discover free will and lead the people to a greater future? Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s best-known play, La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream) tells the story of Segismundo, heir to the throne and locked away for fear of that very prophecy—one who will bring disaster to the country and death to the king. Join us at the Mill Theatre for this classic Spanish allegory of fate versus free will, reality versus dreams, and a father’s love versus his child’s ambition.
- From the novels by Zizou Corder
- Adapted by Marcelo Dos Santos
- Directed by Janice Pohl
Thursday–Sunday, April 19-22, 2018 and Thursday–Saturday, April 26-28, 2018
Thursday–Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m.
When his parents are kidnapped, what’s a 10-year-old boy to do? Ask the cats, naturally—because Charlie Ashanti can speak to cats. Lionboy sets Charlie on a rescue mission that involves a floating circus, a pride of lions, and corporate intrigue. International theatre company Complicite developed the tale for the stage, based on the inventive trilogy of Zizou Corder, the pseudonym for the mother/daughter writers of several young people’s novels.
Escanaba In Da Moonlight
- By Jeff Daniels
- Directed by Edmond Burkhart
Thursday–Saturday, Feb. 1-3, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
On the eve of deer hunting season, Reuben Soady comes to a terrifying realization: he is about to become the oldest Soady man to have never bagged a buck! Fearing the lifelong shame of being branded “the buckless Yooper,” Reuben calls upon his Ojibwa wife’s hunting rituals, bringing along his reluctant father and brother. But unexplainable things begin happening around the Soady Deer Camp, and it becomes clear that Reuben is in way over his head. Jeff Daniels brings rural Michigan to hilarious—and poignant—life in Escanaba in Da Moonlight.
Saturday–Sunday, May 12-13, 2018
Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Admission is free.
In this fast-paced, spontaneous, and interactive performance, actors will draw on clues embedded in the text of the First Folio to stage Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before—unrehearsed.