Open Book Theatre Company brings Vonnegut stories to stage

Photo by Topher Alan Payne. The Open Book Theatre Company hosts the Michigan premiere of Aaron Posner's “Who Am I This Time?” with Richard Payton (left) of Ferndale, Sarah Hawkins Moan of Detroit, Allison Megroet of Berkley, Chris Peterson of Sterling Heights, Joshua Brown of Brownstown Township and Krista Schafer Ewbank of Grosse Ile Township. The show runs March 4 to 19 at Penelope's Venue, 12219 Dix Toledo Road in Southgate. For more information, go to openbooktc.com.

Photo by Topher Alan Payne. The Open Book Theatre Company hosts the Michigan premiere of Aaron Posner’s “Who Am I This Time?” with Richard Payton (left) of Ferndale, Sarah Hawkins Moan of Detroit, Allison Megroet of Berkley, Chris Peterson of Sterling Heights, Joshua Brown of Brownstown Township and Krista Schafer Ewbank of Grosse Ile Township. The show runs March 4 to 19 at Penelope’s Venue, 12219 Dix Toledo Road in Southgate. For more information, go to openbooktc.com.

By SUE SUCHYTA

Southgate’s Open Book Theatre Company brings three comedic Vonnegut stories to life with playwright Aaron Posner’s “Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love).”

The other two scripted stories are “Long Walk to Forever” and “Go Back to your Precious Wife and Son.”

The stage play reflects details from other Vonnegut short stories in the “Welcome to the Monkey House” collection.

The common theme of the production is love, whether pure, complicated or both.

Directed by Topher Payne of Royal Oak, the cast includes Allison Megroet of Berkley, Joshua Brown of Brownstown Township, Sarah Hawkins Moan of Detroit, Richard Payton of Ferndale, Krista Schafer Ewbank of Grosse Ile Township, Sean Paraventi of Redford Township and Chris Peterson of Sterling Heights.

The show runs at 8 p.m. March 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. March 13, followed by a discussion with the artists, at Penelope’s Venue, 12219 Dix Toledo Road in Southgate.

Tickets are $20, with a $5 discount for students and seniors. For tickets or more information, call 734-288-7753 or go to openbooktc.com.

COMIC OPERA GUILD BRINGS ‘BARBER OF SEVILLE’ TO DEARBORN

The Comedic Opera Guild presents “The Barber of Seville” at 8 p.m. March 5 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Tickets are $10. To order, or for more information, call 313-943-2354 or go to dearborntheater.org.

The opera is in its bicentennial year, having debuted in 1816 in Rome.

In the opera, a young count, Almaviva, tries to woe Rosina, ward of the stuffy Dr. Bartolo, who wants her for himself.

To circumvent Bartolo, the young count enlists Figaro, a mischievous barber, to be his ally. Mayhem and merriment follow as Figaro employs an unorthodox plan to win Rosina.

The opera, directed by Mitchell Gillett and conducted by Nada Radakovich, is sung in English.

AOP SPONSORS TEEN IMPROV WORKSHOP

Acting Out Productions of Taylor will launch a teen improv workshop 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Royal Majestic Theatre inside Trillium Academy, 15740 Racho Blvd. in Taylor.

Open to ages 13 to 19, the cost is $50 per student, with a $35 deposit due at registration.

Participants will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 8 and 9, and 3 p.m. April 10 at the theater.

For more information, go to actingoutdownriver.com.

PGD TO HOLD ‘SEUSSICAL’ AUDITIONS

The Players Guild of Dearborn will hold auditions for Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s “Seussical the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. March 7 and 8, with registration at 6:30 p.m. at the playhouse, 21730 Madison in Dearborn.

Performances are 8 p.m. April 29 and 30, May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, and 2:30 p.m. May 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Directed by Valerie Haas, the show features the musical direction of Paul Abbott and the choreography of Janeen Bodary.

The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, the Whos, Mayzie La Bird, Gertrude McFuzz and many more magical and endearing creatures.

For audition forms, conflict calendars, character descriptions and additional audition information, go to playersguildofdearborn.org.

SCP TO BENEFIT FROM LIVE ACADEMY AWARDS BROADCAST

Southgate Community Players, along with Ballet Americana and the Downriver Council for the Arts, will benefit from a live broadcast of the Academy Awards ceremonies at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at MJR Southgate Digital Cinema 20, 15651 Trenton Road in Southgate.

The Red Carpet Extravaganza, which begins at 7 p.m., features costume and prize raffles as well as hors d’oeuvres, desserts, popcorn, soft drinks and wine.

Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. To order, call 734-282-4727 or go to scponstage.cm.

OPERA HOUSE HOSTS ‘CINDERELLA’

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” brings its magic to town Feb. 16 to 28 at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway in Detroit.

For tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical, call 313-872-1000 or go to BroadwayInDetroit.com.

FISHER TO HOST “MATILDA THE MUSICAL”

Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical” comes to town March 9 to 20 at the Fisher Theater.
For tickets, call 313-872-1000 or go to BroadwayInDetroit.com.

The winner of numerous worldwide awards, including four Tony Awards, the musical follows an extraordinary girl with an amazing imagination and a sharp mind who dares to take a stand and control her own destiny.