Local theaters earn Michigan Wilde Award nominations

Photo by Jamie Clemons The cast of “Cagebirds,” at Allen Park's Outvisible Theatre Company was nominated for a 2017 Wilde Award for “Best Teamwork” by Encore Michigan. The professional theater awards are Michigan's equivalent of the Tonys. The nominated cast includes Jean Pilon (center) of Wyandotte as the Mistress, and (clockwise from bottom left): Kendall Manthei of Wyandotte as the Guzzle, Isabella Torres of Dearborn Heights as the Gazer, Anna Bruce of Trenton as the Twitting, Liliana Greimel of Dearborn as the Thump, Madison Ganzak of Dearborn Heights as the Gossip, Alana Reinert of Northville as the Wild One, and Scout Greimel of Dearborn as the Gloom. The award ceremony takes place 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts.

Photo by Jamie Clemons
The cast of “Cagebirds,” at Allen Park’s Outvisible Theatre Company was nominated for a 2017 Wilde Award for “Best Teamwork” by Encore Michigan. The professional theater awards are Michigan’s equivalent of the Tonys. The nominated cast includes Jean Pilon (center) of Wyandotte as the Mistress, and (clockwise from bottom left): Kendall Manthei of Wyandotte as the Guzzle, Isabella Torres of Dearborn Heights as the Gazer, Anna Bruce of Trenton as the Twitting, Liliana Greimel of Dearborn as the Thump, Madison Ganzak of Dearborn Heights as the Gossip, Alana Reinert of Northville as the Wild One, and Scout Greimel of Dearborn as the Gloom. The award ceremony takes place 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts.

 

front_rowThe ceremony is at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. The awards are based on performances adjudicated by Encore reviewers at theaters with paid actors and staff, as opposed to community theaters, for which positions are mostly unpaid.

Trenton’s Open Book Theatre Company, 1621 West Road, was nominated for three awards. “Peter and the Starcatcher” directed by Krista Shafer Ewbank, was nominated for Best Theater for Young Audiences, and Alexander Sloan was nominated for Best Performance – Theatre for Young Audiences.

Ewbank also received a nomination for “Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Play” for “Boy Gets Girl.”

The Open Book Theatre Company’s upcoming season includes Aaron Posner’s “Life Sucks” Sept. 8 to 30; Bekah Brunstetter’s “Be A Good Little Widow” Oct. 27 to Nov. 18; Lauren Gunderson’s “Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight” Jan. 12 to Feb 3, 2018; Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” Feb. 23 to March 17, 2018; and Donald Marguiles’ “Time Stands Still” May 11 to June 2, 2018.
The Outvisible Theatre Company, 18614 Ecorse Road, Allen Park, received two nominations. Allison Megroet was nominated for Best Performance – Supporting Actress in a Play for “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” while the cast of “Cagebirds” – Anna Bruce, Madison Ganzak, Liliana Greimel, Scout Greimel, Kendall Manthei, Jean Pilon, Alana Reinert and Isabella Torres – received a Best Teamwork nomination.

The Outvisible Theatre Company’s upcoming season includes Nicolas Wright’s “A Human Being Died that Night” Sept. 29 to Oct. 15; Nick Payne’s “Constellations” Dec. 1 to 17; David Ives’ “Ancient History” Feb. 2 to 18, 2018; Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years” March 30 to April 15, 2018; P.J. Paparelli and Stephen Karam’s “ColumbinUs” June 22 and 23, 2018; and in July 2018 Marsha Norman’s “’Night, Mother.”

For a complete list of the 2017 Wilde Award nominations, go to encoremichigan.com/2017/07/2017-wilde-award-nominations-2.

FREE ‘HAMLET’ IN NEW CENTER PARK

Admission is free but you have to bring your own seats if you want to catch Shakespeare in Detroit’s production of “Hamlet” at 8 p.m. July 15 and 2:30 p.m. July 16 at New Center Park, 2998 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit.

The Shakespearean tragedy, directed by Stratford Festival’s Dean Gabourie, casts recent Wayne State University theater graduate Dante Jones in the title role.

The cast includes Miles Boucher as Horatio; Reg Flowers as the Ghost and the Player King; Connie Cowper as Gertrude; Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson as Claudius; Dennis Kleinsmith as Polonius; Joe Sfair as Laertes; Vicki Morgan as Ophelia; Michael Lopetrone as Rosencrantz and Gravedigger 2; Graham Todd as Guildenstern; David Galido as Marcellus and the Priest; and Morgan Breon as Bernardo.

For more information go to shakespeareindetroit.com.