March 7, 8, 9*, 14, 15, 16*, 21 & 22, 2014
Evening performances begin at 8 p.m.
*Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
Please note: Contains strong adult language.
*Student ticket price only available for students 18 and under with a valid student ID.
This Tony Award® winning play, by Yasmina Reza, is about two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. At first, niceties are observed but as the evening progresses and the rum flows, the gloves come off and the night becomes a side-splitting free-for-all.
This is a production that truly took New York by storm: smashing all-time box office records and nabbing Tony Award® nominations for all four actors, and eventually earning the Tony Award® for Best Play, Best Director and a Best Actress Tony for Marcia Gay Harden.
"[A] streamlined anatomy of the human animal…delivers the cathartic release of watching other people's marriages go boom. A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment."—NY Times
"Elegant, acerbic and entertainingly fueled on pure bile. It's Reza's sharpest work since 'Art'." —Variety
"Brutally entertaining…in another of Christopher Hampton's exquisite translations, [Reza] cannily manipulates social observations that appeal to vast audiences and creates characters that bring out the best in actors." —NY Newsday
"Reza has established herself as a master [of] magnificently constructed plays." —Entertainment Weekly
A Familiar Fire Pre-Release Party and Concert
to celebrate the release of his 14th CD, Stewart Francke is holding a concert at St. Dunstan's Theatre on April 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15.
Produced with partner Bryan Reilly at Birmingham's RMS Studio, A Familiar Fsire represents, in Francke's words, "my best work to date as far as accessibility and variety in the songwriting." A Familiar Fire follows "What Don't Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong," an ebook published by Untreed Reads in San Francisco. The book, deals with Stewart's leukemia and stem cell transplant. Francke's last cd, 2013's Love Implied, sold out within six months of its release.
From his Michigan origins in Saginaw and Detroit, on to bright lights of national stages, Stewart Francke's creative work has impacted the lives of thousands. In 2009, his hometown of Saginaw recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Saginaw County Arts Commission, for "the enjoyment and insight his songs have brought to so many in his hometown, home state and beyond."
A leukemia and bone marrow transplant survivor, Stewart has fused his music and cancer outreach, and was recognized by the Points Of Light Foundation in 2001 for his personal work in cancer patient support. The Stewart Francke Leukemia Foundation was presented the prestigious Partnership In Humanity Award by the Detroit Newspapers and he was named Volunteer of the Year by the National Marrow Donor Program in 2002.
Francke has performed with Bob Seger, Steve Winwood, Sheryl Crow, Hall & Oats, Bryan Adams, Lady Antebellum, Shawn Colvin, and Chicago, among others, and at local venues of The Palace, DTE Energy Theatre, the Fox Theatre and The Fillmore—and that's just in Michigan!
Celeb comments on Stewart Francke:
"Yea, I've heard Stewart...he makes beautiful music." —Bruce Springsteen, 2006
"Thank God for Stewart Francke. Thank God for his feeling, healing music, for the sweetness of his soul, the sincerity of his songs, the strength of his vision. His music is enriching, nourishing music -- music as faith, music as celebration, music whose source is clear and joyful love." — David Ritz, author of Ray, the Ray Charles Story.
"Stewart Francke is the best songwriter I've heard in 20 years." — Mick Taylor, legendary guitarist & former member of the Rolling Stones