The Jason Robert Brown Musical Festival
three musicals; three weekends
A college student, Carol, drops by her professor’s office in an effort to gain his help to do better in class. John, the professor, in the midst of buying a house to celebrate his nomination for tenure, at first seems distant. As the first meeting progresses the two discuss the nature of understanding and judgment in society, as well as their very own natures and places in our society. It seems as if a bond has been made. When next they meet we find that a report has been filed to the tenure committee. Carol has joined a “group” and has decided that John sexually harassed her during their first meeting. Their second meeting dissects the first; every word, every nuance of the first meeting has been twisted into something else. Or has it? John’s unsuccessful attempts to convince Carol to retract her accusation escalate to a more dangerous level. The third meeting, one the court officers warned against, climaxes violently, leaving John and Carol both physically and emotionally devastated.
A seething investigation of “political correctness” in a time when the nation’s morality has been tested by increased incidents of sexual harassment. “OLEANNA is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year.” —NY Times. “One of the ten best plays of 1992…reason enough to cheer for the future of the theatre.” —Time Magazine.
March 31 - April 9, 2017
Meet the Cast
Chris Lutkin was recently seen at The Purple Rose Theatre as Roy in The Odd Couple as well as in 2AZ where he appeared as Billy. Chris is also proud to have been part of the Purple Rose Theatre Company’s 25thAnniversary Script Preview Tour. Stage credits include Perfect Crime (The Duffy Theater, NYC), Father Dreams, Buddy Pals, Degas C’est Moi, Lily Dale, (The Ensemble Studio Theater, NYC, company member since 1979). Film/T.V./Web: Liberty’s Secret (released 2016), Suffer the Little Children, Dead Canaries, Hair, Law and Order, WebMD.com, TheInfiniteNeed.com. Audiobooks: Benchwarmers, Deadly Force, Red Badge of Courage, among others. Chris developed and instructed Acting for Camera courses for New York University; Lee Strasberg Institute, NYC; Weist-Barron Studios, NYC; Chicago Improv Festival; Kansas City Improv Festival. Now living Downriver with his wife, Heather, and rescue dog, Buckaroo, Chris is also a member of The Wolverines Base Ball Club of Taylor, a 19th Century Base Ball team.
Allison is thrilled to be in this incredible show with such a talented cast. It’s been a fun process. Previously, she appeared in Who Am I This Time at Open Book Theatre, Next to Normal at Stagecrafters, and will be playing Audrey in As You Like It with Michigan Shakespeare festival this summer. She has also done work with Matrix Theatre Company, Shakespeare in Detroit, and Oakland Community College theatre. She graduated from OCC with an Associate’s in Liberal Arts and is a licensed cosmetologist. When not in the theatre, she enjoys her job as a retail associate at Pitaya in Royal oak. Many thanks to Andrea, Mom, Dad, and her boyfriend Tyler for their constant support and encouragement.
Meet the Production Team
Adriane Galea is thrilled for Outvisible to be launching its first show and to be working with such an amazing group of people. Adriane is the Artistic Director of Outvisible as well as the Executive Director of its parent organization, Center Stage Studios, where she teaches voice, piano, and acting. In the past, Adriane has worked both on and offstage with The AKT Theatre Project in Wyandotte, some of her favorites being Children of Eden (Mama Noah), Spring Awakening (Vocal Director), and The Turn of the Screw (Director). Adriane serves on the Board of Directors of the American Guild of Music and An Amazing Woman Foundation, and she is proud to have graduated from the University of Michigan!
Harley Miah (Lighting Designer) is a professional in the entertainment technology industry. He is a freelance lighting programmer for a large number of nightclubs, concerts and festivals across the country, and the chief lighting designer for IKO Global Productions. He is also the lighting designer for the AKT Theatre Project in Wyandotte, and the Open Book Theatre Company in Trenton, where he designed the lights for all the shows in Open Book’s first two seasons and earned a Wilde Award for Best Design – Lights for his work on Red in 2015. When not in the theater, Harley spends his time painting, building Lego stages, loitering in museums, and riding his bicycle on the mean streets of downriver. Harley is very proud to be a part of Outvisible’s inaugural season, and thanks you for supporting this exciting new theatre company.