It Came From Mars and Families of the Midwest Will Premiere at MI's Williamston

News   It Came From Mars and Families of the Midwest Will Premiere at MI's Williamston Mid-Michigan's Williamston Theatre will have two world premieres in its five-title 2009-10 season.

The fourth season of Equity work in Williamston, MI, will include the premieres of It Came from Mars by Joseph Zettelmaier and Home: Voices From Families of the Midwest by Annie Martin and Suzi Reagan. The latter ends a trilogy that draws on stories from Midwestern folk (men and women were addressed in previous editions of the series conceived by artistic director Tony Caselli).

The new season will also include the love story An Infinite Ache by David Schulner (directed by Tony Caselli, Oct. 1–Nov. 8); the holiday solo show This Wonderful Life by Steve Murray (featuring local favorite John Lepard, directed by Tony Caselli, Nov. 27-Dec. 20); the tale of wives taking control, The Smell of the Kill, by Michelle Lowe (a co-production with Tipping Point Theatre, directed by Kristine Thatcher, Feb. 4-March 7, 2010); and the musical comedy set in five different restaurants, Five Course Love, which has book, music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin (directed by Tom Woldt, July 8-Aug. 15, 2010).

The world premiere of It Came From Mars (March 31-April 18, 2010) is a co-production with Performance Network, featuring Sandra Birch, Jacob Hodgson, Paul Hopper, Alysia Kolascz and Wayne David Parker. Tony Caselli directs.

Here's how Mars is billed: "Halloween, 1938. Six actors are in rehearsal when they hear an alarming announcement come over the radio — Martians have landed! Honesty and hilarity ensue when the dramatic dramatists are faced with true drama."

Home: Voices From Families of the Midwest, the final installment of Williamston's "Voices From the Midwest" trilogy, "explores the concept of family and its many definitions. Through song, scenes, and monologues, we'll examine how family both includes and transcends bloodlines, defining our worlds in very personal ways. A family-friendly theatrical experience." Suzi Regan will direct May 13-June 13, 2010. For more information call (517) 655-SHOW (7469) or visit www.williamstontheatre.org.