Winter’s Tale Comes to Michigan Actors Studio Dec. 7-31

Winter’s Tale Comes to Michigan Actors Studio Dec. 7-31Reid_Sally_115

(Press Release, Nov. 22, 2014)

Slipstream Theatre Initiative proudly presents the debut of the first show in their inaugural season! This made in Detroit company kicks off a season of 8 shows with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Slipstream pairs with the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit for this production and tells the Bard’s timeless story with some new twists. Imagine a Holiday Pageant Play without the miracle or magic and replace those devices with the truth of human perseverance and the reality of class warfare and you get what this company likes to do; push the boundaries. This Winter’s Tale is pared down to eight actors and an overall focus on wealth versus poverty, power versus freedom, and how the volatile human emotions we all feel can determine our paths in life and ultimately become our decision. Minimalistic lighting and set provide the barren and cold backdrop of Sicilia, where jealous King Leontes forces those he loves into hiding and his spiral into despair. That same minimalism Jim Shaffer KELLER ad blackis utilized in the opposite way to create the wildly warm and vivid Bohemia in Act Two, where the second generation takes over to explore love in a different way. The theme is “Break the Cycle” and two storytellers, Camillo and Paulina, spin the twisted web of this generational family tale and allow the audience an inside look. The production is directed by Bailey Boudreau with technical direction by Alexander Henderson Trice and a cast comprised of Steve Xander Carson, Ryan Ernst, Luna Alexander, Graham Todd, Jaclynn Cherry, Jeff Fritz, Jay Jolliffe and Jennifer Jolliffe.

Slipstream Theatre Initiative was founded in May of 2014 by Bailey Boudreau and Jennifer Jolliffe. Their goal was to start a company centered around building community. Each of their eight shows are paired with different charities and utilize several spaces in Detroit and Ferndale to inspire financial growth and exposure for the foundations and companies involved. Shows like the all-male Importance of Being Earnest (June, 2015) and all- female Hamlet (May 2015) are paired with The Trevor Project, an International organization that MBREW draft onehelps LGBT youth with suicide prevention and gaining self confidence. The Taming of the Shrew (July 2015) pairs with the newly founded He For She, an organization geared towards gender equality by dissembling the socially accepted gender roles in youth and encouraging creating individual identity. The Winter’s Tale benefits the Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit, an emergency relief shelter for LGBT youth in Detroit; Tongues (January 2015) benefits the Kyle Holton Memorial Scholarship Fund at Wayne State University; Basheret (February 2015) benefits a local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous; A Doll’s House (March 2015) benefits the Lighthouse Foundation of Oakland County and The Merchant of Venice (April 2015) benefits the Jewish Historical Society.

Artistic Director Boudreau says of the new company: “It is our duty as storytellers and artists to not only sidebar012stairsproduce work people want to see, but to produce work that enhances the community in which we live and work. We don’t want to just put on a good show, we want to do everything we can to keep people invested in Detroit Area Theatre. We live in a viable and thriving place, and our job is to tell the tales of our community.”

The Winter’s Tale opens Sunday, December 7th and runs through Wednesday, December 31st . Performances are at the Michigan Actors Studio in Ferndale, Sundays through Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. There is no performance on Wednesday, December 24th. Tickets are $10 at the door or by reservation.


Where: Michigan Actors Studio, 648 E. 9 Mile Rd. Ferndale, Michigan 48220essential

When: Sun, Dec. 7th through Weds, Dec. 31st (Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds @ 7:00 p.m. Excluding Weds, Dec. 24th .)

Price: $10

Contact: Slipstream Theatre Initiative (248) 298 – 9617,,

Cast: Young Leontes/Clown: Steve Xander Carson, Young Hermione/Perdita: Luna Alexander, Young Polixenes/Florizel: Ryan Ernst, Camillo: Graham Todd, Paulina: Jaclynn Cherry, Older Leontes: Jay Jolliffe, Older Polixenes: Jeff Fritz, Older Hermione/Shepherdess: Jennifer Jolliffe

Performance Dates: Sun. 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28. Mon. 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29

Tues. 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30. Wed. 12/10, 12/17, 12/31.

All Performances at 7:00 p.m.

Run Time: Approximately 95 Minutes

Press Nights: Sunday 12/7, Monday 12/8, Tuesday 12/9

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