SUMMER CIRCLE THEATRE – 2014
6/11 - 28 - MSU Summer Circle Theatre returns for its 54th season offering free professional theatre to mid-Michigan audiences. We are excited to announce that Summer Circle is looking forward to getting a new permanent home! This year is special because it will be the last season that Summer Circle performs behind the Auditorium on the banks of the Red Cedar River! Through generous donations from audiences, patrons, the Friends of Theatre, current and retired faculty, The College of Arts and Letter and many more—the new outdoor theatre located in the courtyard between Kresge Art Center and the Auditorium Building is scheduled to open for the 2015 Summer Circle season. One thing is certain… Summer Circle is truly “moving forward.”
Our summer season offerings are eclectic in style but thematically linked by a sense of looking toward a brighter future. Shows offered include a world premiere, the latest contemporary drama, campy musicals, and family friendly fare. Please make sure to check the website for more information. All main stage shows begin at 8:00 PM weather permitting. Every Friday and Saturday there are late night performances at 10:00 PM (approximately) and children’s theatre performances at 6:30. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy free theatre in our new location.
The season opens with A. R. Gurney’s gentle comedy What I Did Last Summer which takes place on the shores of Lake Erie in 1945. This coming of age tale explores the relationship between fourteen-year-old Charlie and his Bohemian teacher, Anna who tries to open his mind by teaching him about art and the world. (Runs 6/11-6/14 @ 8 PM. Appropriate for ages eight and older)
The second mainstage production is one of today’s most celebrated and controversial plays, Detroit by Lisa d’Amour. Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life in the deserted house next door. When they meet the new neighbors they become caught in an urban nightmare adventure that will change their lives. (Runs 6/18-21 @ 8 PM appropriate for mature audiences only.)
The season ends with the hilarious musical Ruthless by Marvin Laird and Joel Paley. This campy musical spoofs “The Bad Seed”, “All About Eve”, “Gypsy”, “Valley of the Dolls” and more as it tells the story of possibly homicidal eight year old Tina Denmark and her desperation to play Pippi Longstocking in the school musical. (Runs 6/25-28 @ 8 PM appropriate for all ages.)
The late night offering is The Weird by one of today’s hottest playwrights Roberto Aguirre Sacasa. It is a collection of short one-acts devoted to horror and suspense with visits from swamp creatures, vampires and Rosemary’s baby. Spooky fun. (Performs 6/13, 6/14, 6/20, 6/21, 6/27, 6/28 @ 10:00 PM approximately and is appropriate for ages 14 and older)
The children’s show is a new play by Rob Roznowski called The Summer Circle about friendship and theatre. A group of children meet one summer and learn about themselves through starting their own theatre… The Summer Circle Theatre. (Performs 6/13, 6/14, 6/20, 6/21, 6/27, 6/28 @ 6:30 PM and is appropriate for all ages.)