The Whole Art Newsletter

November 29, 2007



Deadline This Weekend!!!

Please drop off scripts to Whole Art or postmark by Saturday, December 1!



Batboy: The Musical

Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, Music & Lyrics by Laurence O'Keelfe, Directed by Randy Wolfe, Musical Direction by Cindy Hunter, Choreography by Adam Carter - November 15, 16, 17, 30, and December 1, 7, 8, 15, and 16 - 8pm @ Epic Theatre

A half boy/half bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, WV. The local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises him. "You'd be batty to miss it."  Featuring: Adam F. Carter, Kelly Dominique, Shannon Hill, Charles Lowery IV, Pedro Martinez, Elizabeth Mathews, Sam Price, Sam Ramirez, Joanna Tuzzo, Frank Williams, Lauren Zakrin, and Carol Zombro.  Continues to play Fridays and Saturdays, November 30, and December 1, 7, 8, 15, and 16 at 8:00 pm at the Epic Theatre, 359 South Kalamazoo Mall. Tickets are $22 general admission, $18 seniors, and $14 students.



 by Michael P. Martin, directed by Angela Melvin- November 16, 17, 30 and December 1 - 11pm @ Whole Art Studio

Based on the anonymous epic poem, Martin has written a play telling of Sir Gawain, and his renowned life of virtue. This is the retelling of a classic, done in verse, juxtaposed with modern language, and extolling one of the greatest Arthurian legends. Featuring Dan Elmblad, Jeff Khaled, Chris MacLean-Nagle, Sarah MacLean-Nagle, Trevor Maher, Joe Sanders, Richard J. Steward, Geoff VanGemert, and Kate Walker. And as at every Late Night performance, complimentary Beaner's Gourmet Coffee and Sweetwater's Donuts are provided for the audience. Performs Friday and Saturday November 30 and December 1 at 11:00pm at the Whole Art Studio, 246 N. Kalamazoo Mall.  Tickets $5 each.



Ain't Got No Home

by Steve Feffer, directed by Mark Liermann - December 6, 7, 8, 14, and 15 - 8pm @ Whole Art Studio 

AIN’T GOT NO HOME is the story of Leonard Chess, a Jewish immigrant from Poland who founded the Chess Records label on Chicago’s Southside in 1950, and his relationship with Muddy “Mississippi” Waters, the legendary bluesman from Rolling Fork, Mississippi, with who he made music history.  Set between the years 1945 and 1969 the play traces the rise of Leonard Chess, and Chess Records, from out of a Southside liquor store, through his transformation of modern music with artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, to his battle over the label’s future in the turbulent 1960s that includes cultural changes and conflict with his son Marshall.  Told with a generous helping of Chess Records music, the play ultimately emerges as the story of two immigrants, each man attempting to stake a claim in an America where they may not otherwise fit or be accepted, as they negotiate racial and religious perceptions in the 1950s and 1960s, and those that continue to shape the cultural present in our own communities.

Special fundraiser performance on Thursday, December 6! 

This special evening starts at 6:30 with hors d'oeuvres and wine, followed by a special performance of Ain't Got No Home at 8:00, and at last ending with dancing to Chess records tunes, spun by none other than the playwright himself, Steve Feffer.   This special evening is priced at $50 a ticket($40 of which is tax deductible!) and is sure to be an entertaining, informative, and thoughtful experience.

Continues with regular performances Fridays and Saturdays December 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 8:00pm at the Whole Art Studio, 246 N. Kalamazoo Mall.  Tickets $10 each.

Steve Feffer, and the Whole Art are recipients of the 2007 New Jewish Theatre Award from National Foundation for Jewish Culture for AIN’T GOT NO HOME.






Sunday and Monday (December 2 and 3) @ 7pm @ The Epic Theatre!

The Art of The One-Act

Edited by Arnie Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy

This compilation of one-act plays was put together by West Michigan’s own Arnie Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy, and we have chosen four of them to present:


Someday, by Allison Williams, directed by Carol Zombro
-Requires 4 Women (20s to 40s, experience in speaking Japanese a plus)
The Nancy, by Bethany Gauthier, directed by Jennifer Hebben
-Requires 2 women (20s to 30s)
The Artist, by Michael Hohnstein, directed by Trevor Maher
-Requires 4 Men (20s to 50s) and 1 Woman (20s to 30s)
Last Call, by Constance Alexander, directed by Rudy Gauna
-Requires 3 Women (20s to 40s), 1 Boy (10), 1 Girl (8), and 2 Men or Women

Please be prepared for cold readings from the scripts.  Scripts are available for perusal at the Whole Art Theatre Office in the Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall. Plays in the Whole Art Studio January 11, 12, 18, and 19 @11:00 PM.

Please note: Auditions are at the Epic Theatre, but performances will be at the Whole Art Studio.



Sunday and Monday (December 9 and 10) @ 7pm @ The Epic Theatre!

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

written by Edward Albee, directed by Randy Wolfe

Part nightmare, part psychotherapy, part docudrama, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? involves two couples playing "games." Ominous veins run through the play's dialogue where fiction and reality are continually challenged. The final unsettling scene is mind-numbing. "...what makes it fascinating is the brilliance of Albee's dialogue, the colors and nuances of the verbal dueling, and the ambiguity of this marriage in which love and hatred are interchanged."


The script calls for 2 Men (30s and 40s) and 2 Women (late 20s to 30s and 40s to 50s).  Please be prepared for cold readings from the scripts.  Scripts are available for perusal at the Whole Art Theatre Office in the Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall.  Plays February 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and March 1 @ 8:00 PM at the Epic Theatre (359 S. Kalamazoo Mall).


Whole Art Theatre is proud to announce its 2nd annual…Finding Your Voice10-minute play contest! This contest will accept submissions from all High School students in the Kalamazoo County Area.  The Whole Art Theatre’s Resident Company of professional actors and directors will pick four to five plays from the submissions, and produce them for production at the Whole Art Studio (246 N. Kalamazoo Mall). The performance dates will be April 3, 4, 5, 11, and 12.  Deadline for submissions is February 1.


All plays submitted must meet the following criteria:


·        8-10 pages (not including cover page)

·        Be in proper play format (email this address for a word document in proper play format.)

·        Cover page

·        2-4 characters

·        Simple sets

·        Little to zero technical elements


Each play’s subject matter should also center on the theme of “Finding Your Voice.”  Some places to start from include—self-discovery, communication, being unique, friendship, world events, relationships, etc.  Each submission must also have a cover page which includes the title of the play and the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, school of origin and grade number.  

Once again, the deadline for all submissions is February 1.  Please send all plays to:


ATTN: Finding Your Voice

Whole Art Theatre

246 N. Kalamazoo Mall

Kalamazoo, MI 49007


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Last updated on: December 10, 2007
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