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Kim Brown in Nice Girl

NICE GIRL

REDBUD PRODUCTIONS
PRESENTS
THE MIDWEST PREMIERE OF
NICE GIRL
THE TENDER NEW COMEDY/DRAMA BY MELISSA ROSS

Directed By Loretta Grimes
Thursday, Friday & Saturday; October 26,27 & 28 (8:00 PM)
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

General Tickets are $20 and student tickets are $15;
Limited front row café table seating for groups of 2 – 3 for $25 a seat

For reservations, call Kerrytown Concert House at 734-769-2999 or visit kerrytownconcerthouse.com.

Redbud Productions celebrates its 19th year with the 2015 critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway play Nice Girl, a tender comedy/ drama about discovering who you are and letting go of who you were ‘supposed’ to be.

“A wonderfully warm play about women and love, playwright Melissa Ross’ gentle, old-fashioned heart-tugger casts an insistent spell.” – NY Daily News.

In 1984 suburban Massachusetts, Josephine Rosen (Kim Brown) has a dead-end job, lives with her mother (Lenore Ferber), and has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of an unintended spinsterhood. “This isn’t the life I thought I’d be living,” Jo tells her mom. “I’m a spinster who lives at home with her mother! I had a scholarship to Radcliffe and I’m a secretary!”

But a new, uninhibited friend at work (Lisa Coveney) and a chance flirtation with the local butcher (Nate Brassfield) give her hope for change and maybe even romance.

Josephine gathers her courage, dusts off the Jane Fonda tapes, and begins tentative steps towards a new life.

“A slice of middle-class life with unpatronizing honesty and simplicity” —NY Times

“With a dark, sardonic wit, Ross’s Nice Girl is a deceptively simple story that packs an emotional wallop through thoughtfully drawn characters and the ache of human frailty.” – Exeunt Magazine

Katie Whitney and Dave Barker in Good People

GOOD PEOPLE

REDBUD PRODUCTIONS
PRESENTS
THE TONY-NOMINATED COMEDY-DRAMA
GOOD PEOPLE
BY PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE

NAMED BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR
BY THE NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS’ CIRCLE

Directed By Loretta Grimes
Thursday, Friday & Saturday; October 13, 14 & 15 (8:00 PM)
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

General Tickets are $20 and student tickets are $15;
Limited front row café table seating for groups of 2 – 3 for $25 a seat

For reservations, call Kerrytown Concert House at 734-769-2999 or visit kerrytownconcerthouse.com.

Redbud Productions celebrates its 18th year with this Tony- nominated play, named Best Play of the Year by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, written by the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright of Rabbit Hole.

With a humorous glow, Good People explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America

“A very fine new play ….one of the more subtly surprising treats of this theater season.” The New York Times. “A quality rarely seen on Broadway” – Time Out

Welcome to Southie, the Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh (Katie Whitney) has just been fired from yet another job.

Facing eviction from her eccentric landlady (Linda Lee Austin) and scrambling to catch a break, Margie, on the advice of her best friend (Emily Rogers), approaches her former boyfriend (Dave Barker), now a wealthy doctor, in hopes that he is her ticket to a fresh new start.

Will this self-made man face his humble beginnings? Margie risks what little she has left to find out. The outstanding cast includes Krystle Dellihue and Chris Krenz.

Good People maps the fault lines of social class with a rare acuity of perception while also packing a substantial emotional wallop.” – Boston Globe “A wonderful new play … poignant, brave and almost subversive in its focus on what it really means to be down on your luck” The New York Post

Loretta Grimes in Luna Gale

LUNA GALE

REDBUD PRODUCTIONS
PRESENTS
THE MICHIGAN PREMIERE
OF
LUNA GALE
BY REBECCA GILMAN

THE COMPELLING NEW DRAMA
OF A SOCIAL WORKER
AND TWO YOUNG PARENTS
NAMED THE 2015 BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR
BY THE AMERICAN THEATRE CRITICS’ ASSOCIATION

Directed By Tim Grimes
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 2, 3 & 4 (8:00 PM)
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

General Tickets are $20 and student tickets are $15;
Limited front row café table seating for groups of 2 – 3 for $25 a seat

For reservations, call Kerrytown Concert House at 734-769-2999 or visit kerrytownconcerthouse.com.

Redbud Productions continues its 17th year with the Michigan premiere of this critically acclaimed new play, named the 2015 Best Play of the Year by the American Theatre Critics’ Association.

“Smart and absorbing.” — The New York Times. “One of this year’s most valuable additions to American drama.” — The Los Angeles Times.

Veteran social worker Caroline (Loretta Grimes) believes that she has a typical case on her hands when she meets two young addicts (Krystle Dellihue and Liam Weeks) accused of neglecting their baby.

But when she places their infant daughter in the care of the girl’s mother (Deb Wood), Caroline sparks a powerful conflict that exposes a shadowy past and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences.

Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale is a heartbreaking and unforgettable tale of love and betrayal.

Redbud’s talented cast includes Matt Clark, Brian Hayes and Celine Lopez.

“An outstanding new social drama about parenting that stands as a rich contribution to the American theater canon” – The Hollywood Reporter.

Other Desert Cities

OTHER DESERT CITIES

REDBUD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
OTHER DESERT CITIES
THE BROADWAY SMASH HIT:
A TONY-NOMINATED COMEDY-DRAMA OF FAMILY SECRETS
BY AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT JON ROBIN BAITZ

Directed By Loretta Grimes
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 28, 29 & 30 (8:00 PM)
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

General Tickets are $20 and student tickets are $15;
Limited front row café table seating for groups of 2 – 3 for $25 a seat;
Special group rate general seating price of $15 per ticket for groups of 10 or more

For reservations, call Kerrytown Concert House at 734-769-2999 or visit kerrytownconcerthouse.com.

Redbud Productions continues its 16th year with this award-winning comedy-drama, which played to sold out Off-Broadway houses in 2011 at Lincoln Center and was a critically acclaimed hit when it transferred to Broadway.

A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Other Desert Cities was named Best Play of the Year by the Outer Critics Circle, was lauded by The New York Times as “The Best New Play on Broadway,” and received five Tony award nominations, including Best Play.

“The most richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups…in many a season.” The New York Times. “An oasis of humor & poignance” USA Today “Like a good popcorn movie, ‘Desert’ holds you rapt and keeps you guessing to the end” New York Daily News

Brooke (Dana Denha), fresh out of rehab, returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate a family Christmas after a six-year absence.

Announcing she will publish a tell-all memoir of a tragic event in their history, she dares her family to prevent her, and discovers that her wealthy Reagan-supporting parents do not want this painful wound reopened under any circumstances.

Deb Wood and Tim Grimes are featured as the distraught parents, Liam Weeks is the brother caught in the middle of the heated family conflict and Lenore Ferber is the outspoken alcoholic aunt in recovery in this riveting comedy-drama of family secrets and a Holiday reunion gone awry.

“A Broadway gem.” – Newsday.

hugs and smiles

4000 MILES

REDBUD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
4000 MILES
BY AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT AMY HERZOG

THE PULITZER PRIZE-NOMINATED COMEDY/DRAMA
OF A YOUNG MAN AND HIS ELDERLY GRANDMOTHER
NAMED TIME MAGAZINE’S BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR

Directed By Loretta Grimes
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 23, 24 & 25 (8:00 PM)
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

General Tickets are $20 and student tickets are $15;
Limited front row café table seating for groups of 2 – 3 for $25 a seat;
Special group rate general seating price of $15 per ticket for groups of 10 or more

For reservations, call Kerrytown Concert House at 734-769-2999 or visit kerrytownconcerthouse.com.

Redbud Productions kicks off its 16th year with the Ann Arbor premiere of this critically lauded comedy/drama. The Off-Broadway smash hit 4000 Miles, winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play and the New York Times Award for Outstanding Playwright, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and named The Best Play of the Year by Time Magazine.

“5 Stars…One of the best, bravest plays of the season. See it, no matter how far you must travel” – Time Out, New York “Funny, moving, altogether wonderful…”- The New York Times.

After suffering a major loss during a bike trip from Seattle to New York, 21 year-old Leo (Liam Weeks) drops in unexpectedly at 3 am to the tiny West Village apartment of his feisty 91 year-old Jewish grandmother (Liz Greaves-Hoxsie).

What begins as an overnight visit turns into weeks as these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and carefully learn how to love and care for each other.

Redbud’s talented cast includes Maddie Maxey as Leo’s new romance and Dana Denha as his determined girlfriend who arrives to announce their break up.

“Plays as truthful and touching and fine as Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles come along once or maybe twice a season, if we’re lucky.” – The New York Times.

Bad News

THE GREAT GOD PAN

REDBUD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
THE ACCLAIMED NEW PLAY OF CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
THE GREAT GOD PAN
BY AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT AMY HERZOG

Directed By Loretta Grimes
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 29, 30 & 31 (8:00 PM)
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

General Tickets are $20 and student tickets are $15;
Limited front row café table seating for groups of 2 – 3 for $25 a seat;
Special group rate general seating price of $15 per ticket for groups of 10 or more

For reservations, call Kerrytown Concert House at 734-769-2999 or visit kerrytownconcerthouse.com.

Redbud Productions celebrates its 15th year with this acclaimed play by award-winning playwright and Pulitzer Prize nominee Amy Herzog. The Great God Panwill be performed at Kerrytown following a critically-lauded world premiere at New York City’s Playwrights Horizons Theater. “A haunting new play…not something I’ll soon forget” The New York Times “Whatever the ideal [play] is, it has to look a lot like The Great God Pan” The New York Observer

Jamie (Dave Barker)’s life in Brooklyn seems just fine. He has a beautiful girlfriend (Katie Whitney), a budding journalism career, and parents (Mary Franceschi, Tim Grimes) who live just far enough away.

But, when a childhood acquaintance (Siamak Davarani) visits him with unsettling news, Jamie’s life is thrown in a tailspin, and he finds it difficult to decipher what is real and what is imagined.

Janet Rich plays a former babysitter whose fading recollections may provide a clue to the past and Sofia Fall is a young girl with a serious ailment in this mysterious and deeply compassionate play – the intimate tale of the tricks of one’s memory and of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world.

“Haunting, deeply affecting, and unfailingly honest. Amy Herzog is one of the bright theatrical lights of her generation!” – The New York Times

Hula Hoop Game

CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION

REDBUD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
THE DELIGHTFUL OFF-BROADWAY COMEDY/DRAMA
OF MISMATCHED STUDENTS IN A NEW ENGLAND ACTING CLASS
CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION
BY ANNIE BAKER

Directed By Loretta Grimes
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, October 16, 17 & 18 (8:00 PM)
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

General Tickets are $20 and student tickets are $15
Limited front row café table seating for groups of 2 – 3 for $25 a seat;
Special group rate general seating price of $15 per ticket for groups of 10 or more

For reservations, call Kerrytown Concert House at 734-769-2999 or visit kerrytownconcerthouse.com.

Redbud Productions (voted 2011’s Best Stage Production Company by annarbor.com readers) celebrates its 15th anniversary with this critically acclaimed comedy-drama – winner of the 2010 Obie Award for Best New American Play and lauded as one of the top ten plays of the year by The New York Times, Time Out New York, and The New Yorker.

In a small Vermont town, it is time for Marty (Liz Greaves-Hoxsie)’s new six-week creative drama class for adults! Only four students have enrolled – a recently divorced carpenter (Jim Sullivan), a flirty former actress (Jenna Naert), a jaded high school junior (Maddie Maxey) and Marty’s husband (Tim Grimes) who reluctantly enrolled because Marty needed more students.

As these five mismatched New Englanders begin to experiment with harmless theatre games – touching hilarity ensues, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won.

Circle Mirror Transformation is “absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny!” says The New York Times. Don’t miss it!

Cassie Mann as Emily Bridges in Redbud Productions' 'A Small Fire'

A Small Fire

REDBUD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
THE MIDWEST PREMIERE OF THE
AWARD-WINNING OFF-BROADWAY FAMILY DRAMA
A SMALL FIRE
BY ADAM BOCK

Directed By Loretta Grimes
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 30 – June 1 (8:00 PM)
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI

General Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students & seniors
Limited front row café table seating for groups of 2 – 3 for $25 a seat;
Special group rate general seating price of $15 per ticket for groups of 10 or more

For reservations, call Kerrytown Concert House at 734-769-2999 or visit kerrytownconcerthouse.com.

Redbud Productions (voted 2011’s Best Stage Production Company by annarbor.com readers) is proud to present award-winning playwright Adam Bock’s critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway play – A Small Fire, nominated for Best Play of 2011 as well as several other Drama Desk Awards.

Do not miss the Midwest premiere of this family drama by the author of The Receptionist. The New York Times raved that A Small Fire is “about the complex, ever-evolving nature of enduring relationships….funny and unexpectedly touching.”

Emily Bridges (Cassie Mann) loves her job as the owner of a high profile construction firm. She is confident, assured and runs a tight and successful organization. Her daughter (Dana Denha) is about to be wed and she is successfully married to an HR manager (Tim Grimes).

But, as she describes to her close employee (Brad Sharp), she does not approve of her daughter’s fiancé, is extremely uneasy at home, and is determined to stop her daughter’s wedding!

When something shocking and unexpected happens, Emily is called to re-examine what she cherishes most – and her family and friends must also closely examine their relationships to her. The result is, according to New York 1, “a play about … love (both parental and marital), health and friendship ….. beautifully conceived.”

A Small Fire is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Do not miss this wonderful play that Variety praised as an “unforgettable banquet.”

Redbud Acting Classes

REDBUD PRODUCTIONS

ACTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS
and
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Redbud Productions in Ann Arbor, Michigan offers acting classes for adults and high school students, taught by local teacher, director and actress Loretta Grimes. Using the techniques of Sanford Meisner, sessions focus on emotional work, improvisation and scene study.

Our fall classes are currently full, but a new series of classes will begin in January 2018. To be put on a mailing list for upcoming classes or productions, please contact Redbud Productions at meisnerclass@gmail.com.

Loretta Grimes trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York using methods devised by famed teacher Sanford Meisner. Using his technique, she encourages students to act moment-to-moment, recalling emotional images from their past to serve as a background for their character’s emotional state of mind.

Loretta Grimes has successfully taught Meisner technique classes for adults and teens for over 18 years. Many of her students have gone on to featured roles for Redbud Productions, Purple Rose Theatre, Encore Musical Theatre, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and other local companies as well as roles in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and several major motion pictures filmed in Michigan. Her high school students have gone on to advanced studies at Yale Drama School, New York University, the University of Michigan, New York’s Circle in the Square, Juilliard, DePaul University and other Theater programs.

If you would like more information contact Redbud Productions at meisnerclass@gmail.com or call 734-663-7167.