Open Book Theatre to start fifth season with premiere

going-placesc    Trenton’s professional Open Book Theatre will begin its fifth season Sept. 7 with the Michigan premiere of “Ada and the Engine,” by Lauren Gunderson.

Performances will continue through Oct. 6 at the Open Book Theatre, 1621 West Road, with Sarah Hawkins in the title role in a story of love, friendship and dreams of the future.

The play opens at the beginning of the British Industrial Revolution, when Ada recognizes the creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soulmate Charles Babbage (portrayed by Lindel Salow), inventor of the first mechanical computer.

Other members of the cast are Joshua Brown, Kez Settle, Cynthia Szczesny and Matthew Wallace. Scenic design is by Eric Niece, lighting design by Harley Miah and choreography by Geri Conner. Danielle Gilbert is stage manager.

The play will be staged at 8 p.m. Sept 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 28 and 29 and Oct. 4, 5 and 6. Matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 9, 23 and 30. The performances are being sponsored by Lea Elwood Filkins and Brother John Brenden, AF.

Tickets are $30 for opening night, and for other performances $25, general admission; $20, seniors 60 and older; and $15, students. They are available by calling 734-288-7753 or going to Discounts are available for season tickets.

The additional four plays are “Doubt,” “Wonder of the World,” “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and “Fool for Love.”

“Doubt,” winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, revolves around Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal who takes matters into her own hands when she suspects young Father Flynn of impropriety. It examines the grey areas between suspicion, certainty and doubt.
“Wonder of the World” is about a woman who uncovers her husband’s shocking secret and begins a journey of self-discovery. During her journey, she crosses paths with a suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, a pair of bickering private detectives and a strange caper involving a gargantuan jar of peanut butter

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephen. It concerns Christopher, who is exceptionally good at math, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

He detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. When Christopher finds himself under suspicion for killing a neighbor’s dog, he is determined to solve the mystery, and his detective work takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.
“Fool for Love,” by Sam Shepard, tells about May and Eddie, who have had a past ever since high school. Between an old-man’s tales and the arrival of a new “man,” a night in a rundown motel sheds a burning light on the lengths people will go to for love.

Season tickets for all five shows cost $125 for opening nights; $100, general admissions; $80, seniors; and $65, students.

Art entries are sought

Entries are being sought for the Fall Festival of the Arts, to be held Oct. 5 through 19 at the headquarters of the Downriver DeSana Center for Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte.

The events, presented by the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild and Art Ambience, is open to artists 18 and older, who will vie for prizes totaling more than $1,000. In addition to art offered for sale, the show will feature art demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy, show spokeswoman Maureen Keast said.

Because the festival celebrates all levels of artwork, there are three sections of the show, so every artist or crafter will have a chance to sell work, Keast said.

For more information or applications to participate in the show, call Keast at 734-777-6109 or email Applications should be mailed by Sept. 22, Keast said.

Coming up . . .
Sept. 11 — Talk on texturing painted surfaces with acrylics and gels, by Golden Paint Company artist Valerie Allen; 6:30 p.m. at a meeting of the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild; at the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library, 14680 Dix-Toledo Road; no admission charge.