The New Theatre Project
Season 3: Reinvention
After two successful seasons, three homes, ten productions, and tons of readings of new work, The New Theatre Project is proud to offer its third season of wildly inventive theatre to Ypsilanti. Producing an entire season of world premieres with a focus on ensemble work and collaborative development, TNTP strives to challenge ourselves artistically and provide professional performance and design opportunities for new and young artists.
What you're funding:
Renovation of the basement
To house the new Basement Studio Theater to showcase new work all season long completely free of charge to the public. Stagings and readings of never before seen plays get their tryout in one of the creepiest and coolest basements in Ypsi. The Basement Studio will also house an interactive theater experience in October and the New Work Series throughout the year. All shows in the Basement will be pay-what-you-can.
We are adding an educational mission to our goals in Season 3. We recognize the unparralled ability for the theatre to create positive differences in the lives of young people. TNTP will read and stage world premieres of work by high school students and will launch a series of classes in the summer of 2013 in the areas of playwrighting, directing, acting, and devised performance.
Performer and designer salaries
We pride ourselves on having some of the highest quality young professional performers in Southeast Michigan. Some funds for this campaign will go towards the artists creating work for TNTP. Can't do it without all these beautiful people.
And our continued committment to new work development.
Sneak preview of Season 3: Reinvention
AN INTERACTIVE THEATRICAL HAUNTED HOUSE
by Georg Büchner in an adaptation by Audra Lord, directed by Brian Carbine
in a co-production with Threefold Productions and the Brendalinda Performance Collective
“Slowly, take it slowly. One thing after another one.”
An extremely prolific young playwright dies without completing one of his greatest masterpieces. Woyzeck—a terrifying play about the disastrous effects of human jealousy—lies incomplete, fragmented, and waiting for any artist crazy enough to take it on. TNTP joins forces with Threefold Productions and the Brendalinda Performance Collection to transform the piece into an interactive haunted house where the audience decides how to best complete Büchner’s play.
WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY
directed by TNTP’s new Associate Artistic Director Emilie Samuelsen
WORLD PREMIERE CLASSICAL ADAPTATION
based on the play by Christopher Marlowe in an adaptation by Jason Sebacher, directed by Keith Paul Medelis
“Is it not queer that he is thus bewitched?”
Before Shakespeare, Marlowe writes an epic tragedy about a young and naïve king and his obsession with his once banished lover. A deeply erotic and shocking tale of a homosexual love affair that destroys two men and the fate of an entire nation. TNTP produces the classical play in a wildly reimagined way for a contemporary audience.
The American Crowbar Case
featuring the music of Match by Match with a book by Jason Sebacher, directed by Keith Paul Medelis
“All we’ve got is one another.”
A revival and reworking of one of TNTP’s most successful collaborations—a true reinvention of ourselves. In 1846, Phineas Gage suffers an accident that drives a three-foot iron rod through his skull. He recovers miraculously and entirely in almost no time but is described in the only brief news article about his case as “no longer Gage.” The American Crowbar Case, based on the concept album from Ann Arbor-based musicians Match by Match, imagines the life of Gage and the effects of the accident on his new wife Constance and a mysterious stranger known only as Missy. A story about the consuming power of love and its remarkable ability to transform in an instant.
Wolf Cry Wolf
WORLD PREMIERE DRAMA
by Kevin Kautzman, directed by Keith Paul Medelis
“People make believe with each other. It’s how we get through the night.”
When Steph returns home to North Dakota for the first time in years and surprises her estranged childhood friend Jane, they descend into their memories and relive the summer Jane told Steph her deepest secret: she knows how turn into a wolf. Wolf Cry Wolf looks at the fine line between memory and imagination and at the lies we tell to survive our shadows. A beautiful new play from the playwright of last season’s comedy If You Start a Fire [Be Prepared to Burn].
What you'll get:
Check out all da perks! We're giving away tons of free tickets for any of our shows. You'll also get a mention in all of our programs for Season 3: Reinvention.
Be a part of something new. Support us with any amount you have! Everything counts!
Team on This Campaign:
Keith Paul Medelis