Dearborn actress featured in WSU playwriting competition

Photo courtesy of WSU Theatre Dept.

Photo courtesy of WSU Theatre Dept.

The annual student-written one-act play competition will feature undergraduate actress Jacqueline Michnuk of Dearborn as Dr. Plummer in the original play “Easy as Hard Can Be.” It also features Brian Yacoo (foreground) as Dr. Michaels, Robert Dwight as Remo Keegan, and Joe Hamid (in back) as Nurse Dan.

By Sue Suchyta
Dearborn actress Jacqueline Michnuk will perform in Wayne State University Studio Theatre’s tenth annual playwriting competition. Three original, student-written one-act plays will be staged at WSU’s Studio Theatre at 8 p.m. March 25 to 27 and April 1 to 3.

Each year student playwrights’ original scripts are submitted to the Louise Heck-Rabi Scholarship Playwriting Competition. They are judged by members of Wayne State University’s English and theater departments.

Student entrants become eligible for scholarship consideration. Three winning scripts are then produced and performed.

This year’s winning one acts include “All Kinds of Men” by Erman Jones, “Easy as Hard Can Be” by Alan Ball and “Furnishings” by Gregory Bailey. Admission is $5 to all three shows.

The first play, “All Kinds of Men,” is written by Erman Jones of Oakley, ID and directed by Alexandre Bleau of Montreal is a hilarious misadventure of family rebellion.

Wendy White, a young woman in her mid-twenties, is trying to “find herself” despite her straight-edge parents. In a story about self-exploration and family differences, “All Kinds of Men” seeks to convey that it is okay to be yourself, and dramatic differences can bring people together.

The cast includes Laura Heikken of Livonia, Adam Crinson of Sterling Heights, Samantha Moltmaker of Harrison Twp. and Joe Hamid of Detroit.

The second play, “Easy as Hard Can Be,” is written by Alan Ball of Natick, MA, and is directed by Marius Iliescu of Ann Arbor.

Remo Keegan, a tough World War II veteran, faces life’s toughest challenge: his own mortality. “Easy as Hard Can Be” takes its audience on a journey of decisions that most mortals will eventually face, showing that sometimes there isn’t a right answer – there is only a right question.

In addition to Jacqueline Michnuk of Dearborn, the cast of “Easy as Hard Can Be” includes Detroit residents Robert Dwight, Joe Hamid and Brian Yacoo.

The third play, “Furnishings,” written by Gregory Bailey of Vista, California, is directed by Katie Lietz Flannery of Livonia. The show focuses on the value of family and what it means to be together.

Adam, a young autistic boy, struggles to communicate with his parents until a delivery changes their lives and brings them closer than ever before.

“Furnishings” explores a family’s capacity to love amidst struggles, showing that their spending time with one another can improve their lives in unexpected ways.

The cast includes Kyle Holton of Beverly Hills, MI, Erin Hildebrandt of Walled Lake, Andrick Siegmund of Hazel Park and Renard Hamilton of Detroit, MI.

The student playwriting competition honors the late Louise Heck-Rabi, a multi-talented writer, librarian and WSU assistant professor. As a writer and teacher, Heck-Rabi encouraged her students to produce original work. As part of her efforts to support other Michigan playwrights, Heck-Rabi’s estate provides Wayne State University’s English department with an endowed dramatic writing scholarship.

For tickets and more information please call (313) 577-2972, log on to, or visit the Wayne State University box office at 4743 Cass on the corner of Cass and Hancock.

Hilberry Theatre announces 2010- 2011 Season
The Hilberry Theatre announced its 2010 – 2011 season on Saturday. The shows include: “Hay Fever” by Noël Coward; “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck; “Richard III” by William Shakespeare; “The Misanthrope” by Molière; “The Cider House Rules” Part 1 and Part 2 by John Irving and adapted by Peter Parnell; and “The Full Monty” by Terrence McNally with score by David Yazbek, which the graduate company will perform on the Bonstelle stage.

The Hilberry includes something for every taste with a musical, comedies and dramas.

The Wayne State graduate theater company was founded in 1963, and is located on campus in the shadow of Old Main in Detroit.

The Hilberry is home to the nation’s only graduate-level rotating repertory company. The productions are designed, staffed, managed and performed by up-and-coming theater professionals earning graduate degrees.

The rotating repertory offerings and high level of performance values have established the Hilberry as a cultural gem in the heart of Detroit.

For more information, visit their web site at