Kickshaw Theatre

If you see Kickshaw Theatre’s inaugural production, Stefanie Zadravec’s ethereal drama ‘The Electric Baby,’ you just might wonder where the company will go from here – because, wow, is the bar already set high.”
— JENN MCKEE, ENCOREMICHIGAN.COM, A2ARTSADDICT

Spring 2019

The Ding Dongs (or What is the Penalty in Portugal), by Brenda Withers

March 28-April 14, 2019 at trustArt Studios

Casaundra Freeman*, Daniel Helmer, and Dan Johnson in The Ding Dongs.

Casaundra Freeman*, Daniel Helmer, and Dan Johnson in The Ding Dongs.

Sweet-as-pie married couple Natalie and Joe show up unannounced on Redelmo’s doorstep. They’re strangers to him, but all they want is a look inside Joe’s childhood home. As the fast-talking pair banter and giggle, Redelmo can’t help but wonder if there’s something more going on. All the while, bigger questions loom: who belongs inside the gate and who will be left on the outside?

Directed by Lynn Lammers, the cast included Casaundra Freeman*, Daniel Helmer, and Dan Johnson.

 

Fall 2018

Milvotchkee, Visconsin, by Laura Jacqmin

September 13-October 7, 2018 at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth

Michael Hays and Nancy Kammer* in Milvotchkee, Visconsin.

Michael Hays and Nancy Kammer* in Milvotchkee, Visconsin.

In this "comedy about a tragedy,” Molly’s lifetime of memories are falling right out of her head, and fast. Her surroundings become unfamiliar and distorted as she comes to grips with the challenges of her disease. Working with healthcare professionals she doesn’t always understand and a family that doesn’t always understand her, can she find a way to carry on with dignity and peace?

Directed by Lynn Lammers, the cast included Nancy Kammer*, Michael Hays, Dave Davies, Brenda Lane, Sonja Marquis, and Aral Gribble*.

 

Spring 2018

Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Rajiv Joseph

April 12-29, 2018 at trustArt Studios

Dani Cochrane and Michael Lopetrone in Gruesome Playground Injuries.

Dani Cochrane and Michael Lopetrone in Gruesome Playground Injuries.

In this unconventional love story, Doug and Kayleen meet at the nurse’s office in their elementary school; she’s got a painful stomach ache, and he’s all banged up from a running dive off the roof. Over the next thirty years, these twisted souls meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their own self-destructive tendencies.

Directed by Lynn Lammers, the cast included Dani Cochrane* and Michael Lopetrone*.

 

Winter 2018

Or, by Liz Duffy Adams

February 15-March 4, 2018 at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth

Mary Dilworth, Vanessa Sawson, and Daniel Helmer in Or,.

Mary Dilworth, Vanessa Sawson, and Daniel Helmer in Or,.

This bawdy literary comedy takes place (mostly) during one night in the life of Aphra Behn, poet, spy, and soon to be first professional female playwright. Sprung from debtors’ prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade. She has a shot at a production at one of only two London companies, if she can only finish her play by morning.

Directed by Suzi Regan, the cast included Vanessa Sawson*, Mary Dilworth, and Daniel Helmer.

 

Fall 2018 Musical Revue

Passion & Perseverance: A Gershwin Musical Revue

November 18, 2018, at Conor O’Neill’s

The cast of Passion & Perseverance, 2018

The cast of Passion & Perseverance, 2018

This one-night-only event featured the classic music of George and Ira Gershwin performed by local vocalists.

The cast included Kristin Clark (Ypsilanti), Maddie Eaton (Ann Arbor), Matt Hook (Dexter), Allie Re (Ann Arbor), Emily Rogers-Driskill (Ann Arbor), and Emily Smokovich (Ann Arbor) under the musical direction of Tyler Driskill (Ann Arbor).

 

Fall 2017 Play Readings

Jerusalem is Beautiful by Elisabeth Frankel

November 10, 2017 at Ann Arbor District Library - Westgate Branch

David Bendena, Casaundra Freeman, Tiffany Baxi, Joe Zarrow, Aral Gribble

David Bendena, Casaundra Freeman, Tiffany Baxi, Joe Zarrow, Aral Gribble

In the middle of the night, two young American peace activists – one Jew, one Muslim – unexpectedly meet, both of them on the cusp of an irreversible political decision. Throughout the evening, the two unlikely friends debate current events, reveal personal tragedies, and come to a surprising mutual understanding.

Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira

December 1, 2017 at Ann Arbor District Library - Westgate Branch

Can you ever truly feel what someone else is feeling? Do you want to? A searing, darkly funny and heart-filled story of a young couple who turns to a new breakthrough in pharmacology to save their fractured relationship.

 

Fall 2017 Musical Revue

Passion & Perseverance: A Broadway Musical Revue

Wednesday November 8, 2017 at Zingerman’s Greyline

Tyler Driskill & Tori Rodgers.

Tyler Driskill & Tori Rodgers.

Local vocalists celebrated the music of Broadway at this benefit for Kickshaw’s ‘17-18 season.

Musical direction by Tyler Driskill.

 

Summer 2017

Really by Jackie Sibblies Drury

June 29-July 16, 2017 at trustArt Studios

Derek Ridge, Shaunie Lewis, Pamela Bierly Jusino in Really.

Derek Ridge, Shaunie Lewis, Pamela Bierly Jusino in Really.

In the age of selfies and social media, where every person with a smartphone is both photographer and curator, meanings, identities, and legacies can be shaped and interpreted in a multitude of ways. Does any photograph do justice to the reality it tries to capture?

Directed by Lynn Lammers, the cast included Pamela Bierly Jusino*, Shaunie Lewis, and Derek Ridge.

 

Lab 2017

Here's To You, Here's To Me

March 16-April 2, 2017 at Heidelberg Club Above, Arbor Brewpub, Agave

Mona Burns in Here’s to You, Here’s to Me.

Mona Burns in Here’s to You, Here’s to Me.

Drink with us. Let us celebrate you. And then you celebrate her. And she celebrates them. Round and round we go. This completely original 30-minute show incorporated song, dance, and the communal act of toasting.

Devised & performed by Dan Bilich, Ramona Burns, Aral Gribble*, and Natalie Sevick. Directed by Lynn Lammers. 

 

fall 2016 Play readings

Hir by Taylor Mac

November 11, 2016 at Espresso Royale, Ann Arbor

John Seibert and Brenda Lane in play reading at Espresso Royale.

John Seibert and Brenda Lane in play reading at Espresso Royale.

Discharged from the Marines under suspicious circumstances, Isaac comes home from the wars, only to find the life he remembers upended. Isaac’s father, who once ruled the family with an iron fist, has had a debilitating stroke; his younger sister, Maxine, is now his brother, Max; and their mother, Paige, is committed to revolution at any cost. Mac’s subversive comedy leaves many of our so-called normative and progressive ideas about gender, families, the middle class—and cleaning—in hilarious and ultimately tragic disarray.

Milvotchkee, Visconsin by Laura Jacqmin

November 4, 2016 at Espresso Royale, Ann Arbor

A fascinating and moving story about a woman's journey through memory loss and cognitive decline, told through her own perspective.  

 

Lab 2016

Technology in the Flesh

June 24 & July 15, 2016 at the Ann Arbor Art Center Pop-In

Alysia Kolascz, Aral Gribble in Technology in the Flesh.

Alysia Kolascz, Aral Gribble in Technology in the Flesh.

Audiences were encouraged to laugh out loud in this playful 15-minute interactive performance that followed the journey of a scientist experimenting with digital and analog stimuli. Dr. Tina Burglorgler and her research assistant Quatthew invite their “human test subjects” (audience members) to participate in a series of interactive experiments, developed at the Institute for Development of Ideas and Other Thoughts (I.D.I.O.T.).

Devised by Angela Dawe, Aral Gribble and Lynn Lammers. The cast included Aral Gribble* and Alysia Kolascz. Stage managed by Paige Conway.*  

 

Inaugural Production

The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec

Jan 28-Feb 21, 2016 at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth

Vanessa Sawson in The Electric Baby.

Vanessa Sawson in The Electric Baby.

Six lives collide after a tragic car accident, forcing each to confront the secrets, hopes and fears that consume them, and helping them to find love, strength and forgiveness through a mysterious baby that glows like the moon.

Directed by Lynn Lammers, the cast included Julia Glander*, Peter Carey*, Vanessa Sawson, Will Bryson, Mary Dilworth, and Michael Lopetrone. Stage managed by Paige Conway.*   

 

Fall 2015 Play readings

Ohio State Murders by Adrienne Kennedy

November 20, 2015 at Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor

Anton Bassey, Casaundra Freeman, Will Myers, Heidi Bennett in Ohio State Murders.

Anton Bassey, Casaundra Freeman, Will Myers, Heidi Bennett in Ohio State Murders.

When Suzanne enters Ohio State University in 1949, little does she know what the supposed safe haven of academia holds in store. Years later, Suzanne is invited to return to the University to talk about the violence in her writing. An intriguing, unusual and chilling look at the destructiveness of racism in the U.S.

The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence by Meredith George

October 30, 2015 at Workantile Exchange, Ann Arbor

Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines—upon which we all depend.

 

*Member, Actors' Equity Association

Photo Credit: Sean Carter Photography

Kickshaw proudly operates under a Small Professional Theatre Contract with AEA.

Kickshaw proudly operates under a Small Professional Theatre Contract with AEA.