Their first production, Glengarry Glen Ross, took place this summer at The Varner Hall Studio Theatre on the campus of Oakland University. The play is about a troubled real estate market, making a perfect fit for Michigan's poor economy at the present.
We are in the middle of their second production which opened last weekend and finishes this weekend (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) at The Varner Hall Lab Theatre at OU. Two one-act plays are featured, the first one serious and sad; and the second one witting and fun. Both are geared for an audience over 17 years of age. Strong language and adult situations is used in moderation and happens quickly but may make some viewers uncomfortable.
The Man Who Lost His Sundays
The first performance is written and directed by Epicenter member, Marius Iliescu, and is based on the true story of his grandparents ordeal behind the iron curtain in Romania. The Man Who Lost His Sundays takes the audience backwards in time to tell the tale much as a child would recall the story. "Theatre might not be a solution to world's problems today, but surely can be a powerful toolbox that might succeed in attempting to solve them. After all, the power radiating from a truthful stage is stronger than a hundred meaningless political rallies," states Iliescu.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Picasso at the Lapin Agile the second performance and is funny, full of wit, and makes you smile. Albert Einstein meets Pablo Picasso in 1904 in a café in Paris. Science clashes with art, romance, and strange encounters. This play was written by Steve Martin and directed by Bill Premin. Premin also has a role in both performances and is the Vice President and Artistic Director for Epicenter Theatre Group.
The venue is small and cozy with good sound and pleasing lights. Both sets are simple and fun; and you feel like you're on stage with the actors.
While the current production is not for everyone, the group plans to continue to bring professional theatre to the area. Future productions include: Death of a Salesman, The Fantasticks, The Odd Couple, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Children's Theatre, acting workshops, and sketch comedy are also in the works.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the show, visit www.epicentertheatregroup.org or call 586-246-7546. General admission tickets are $20.00 and only $15.00 for students. Remaining performances are Thursday through Saturday (November 3rd, 4th & 5th) starting at 8:00 p.m.
By Michael Dwyer