THE DETROIT ACTOR'S THEATRE COMPANY presents TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
DOORS AT 8:00PM | PERFORMANCES AT 9:00PM
*This rock opera incorporates video projection and will start when it is dark out.
It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent '60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus' meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ's final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice), by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.
SHAKESPEARE IN DETROIT presents HAMLET directed by DEAN GABOURIE
FRIDAY, JULY 14 | 7:00PM
SATURDAY, JULY 15 | 8:00PM
SUNDAY, JULY 16 | 2:30PM
Gabourie has been creating challenging theatre in Canada and abroad for over 25 years. Gabourie is a director, teacher, actor, writer & founding Artistic Director of the award-winning ACME Theatre Co. Gabourie has also held positions as Assistant/Associate Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival (Ontario, Canada) & founding Co-Artistic/Associate Director of the Co. Theatre (Toronto, Canada). Gabourie's last project in Detroit was "As You Like It" for Wayne State University's The Hilberry in 2007.
Events before the start of Hamlet set the stage for tragedy. When the king of Denmark, Prince Hamlet's father, suddenly dies, Hamlet's mother, Gertrude, marries his uncle Claudius, who becomes the new king. A spirit who claims to be the ghost of Hamlet's father describes his murder at the hands of Claudius and demands that Hamlet avenge the killing. When the councilor Polonius learns from his daughter, Ophelia, that Hamlet has visited her in an apparently distracted state, Polonius attributes the prince's condition to lovesickness, and he sets a trap for Hamlet using Ophelia as bait. To confirm Claudius's guilt, Hamlet arranges for a play that mimics the murder; Claudius’s reaction is that of a guilty man. Hamlet, now free to act, mistakenly kills Polonius, thinking he is Claudius. Claudius sends Hamlet away as part of a deadly plot. After Polonius's death, Ophelia goes mad and later drowns. Hamlet, who has returned safely to confront the king, agrees to a fencing match with Ophelia’s brother, Laertes, who secretly poisons his own rapier. At the match, Claudius prepares poisoned wine for Hamlet, which Gertrude unknowingly drinks; as she dies, she accuses Claudius, whom Hamlet kills. Then first Laertes and then Hamlet die, both victims of Laertes's rapier.
Summary c/o Folger Shakespeare Library.
FRIDAY, JULY 28
OPERA MODO PRESENTS HANSEL AND GRETEL
DOORS AT 6:30PM | PERFORMANCE AT 7:30PM
A pair of angelic voiced siblings bored and hungry for dinner. Their exhausted mother, who angrily sends them out of the house. The Sandman and the Dew Fairy, who calm them and watch over them as they sleep. And a predatory, saccharine-sweet, child-crunching witch whose favorite food has just starting nibbling at her treats. Will these delicious cherubs be her next meal or will they find a way to outwit her and escape? Join us this summer in the park for Opera MODO’s sweet and sassy production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel to find out!
Stay afterwards for the film, “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.” Film begins at dusk. Take an unforgettable, uniquely magical, musical journey through the deliciously delightful, whimsically wonderful world of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. (1971) G 1h 40min.
ABOUT OPERA MODO:
Opera MODO is a new and exciting opera company in Detroit, Michigan, dedicated to creating opportunities for young and emerging artists. Founded in 2011 in Princeton, New Jersey, Opera MODO brings opera to the people through intriguing and modern productions of classical to contemporary operas. Collaborating with local performers and businesses in Detroit, Opera MODO offers an intimate experience to engage audiences through storytelling, musical integrity and innovative process. They support the future of opera by giving young, non-managed, professional singers an opportunity to gain experience. They present opera in an intimate setting allowing the audience to engage with the performers. They specialize in setting standard repertoire in new and imaginative settings, bringing new life to their favorite stories. Their team strives to balance inspiration from the composer through collaborative storytelling to enhance the experience for the audience and performers. Opera MODO is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
DETROIT CARIBBEAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL
AUGUST 12 - 12:00-11:00PM
AUGUST 13 - 1:00-10:00PM
A family festival featuring live performances, dancers, Caribbean food and drink, vendors, and more!