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Jeremy Koch

Farmers Alley Theatre

The Conviction of Lady Lorraine, written by and starring actor Dwandra Nikole Lampkin, is the opening production of Farmers Alley Theatre's new season. On Thursday, Oct 29, in a partnership with Broadway On Demand, it will premiere as a tele-play. 


Carrie Phillips

Farmers Alley Theatre will present its season with the streaming platform Broadway On Demand to stay connected to theater-lovers in west Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, deputy director Rob Weiner and artistic director Jeremy Koch offer a behind-the-scenes perspective on how they regrouped after the pandemic began, and they preview this month's event, The Conviction of Lady Lorraine, a one-woman show by Dwandra Nickole Lampkin about a writer who encounters a homeless woman. It has been transformed into a tele-play for its debut on Oct 29. Ticket-holders can stream the play at any time for a 7-day period once it's released.


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During a summer of COVID-19 cancellations, a ray of hope: Farmers Alley Theatre, in collaboration with Face Off Theatre and the Black Arts and Cultural Center, will stage Three Little Birds in LaCrone Park and Bronson Park in Kalamazoo this month. The family-friendly show, featuring the music of reggae legend Bob Marley, has an adult cast of six and a story by Cedella Marley, the daughter of Bob Marley.  Cara Lieurance spoke with Farmers Alley artistic director Jeremy Koch and Three Little Birds director Marissa Harrington, artistic director of Face Off Theatre, about how they ran rehearsals during a pandemic and how the story of Three Little Birds is one especially suited for uncertain times.


Kat Mumma

Based on T.H. White's Once and Future King novels of the 1930s and 40s and adapted by Lerner & Loewe as a musical in 1961, Camelot's story of King Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot is getting a new, more intimate adaptation in a Farmers Alley Theatre production which starts Oct 4. In the studio with Cara Lieurance, Dave Vogel (Arthur), Sara Ellis (Guenevere), and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton (Lancelot) - all New York-based Equity actors - shine a light on their characters' nobility, foibles, and passions. Jeremy Koch, Farmers Alley's artistic director, adds details on the local  theater professionals and performers bringing their talents to the show. 

Camelot will run until Oct 27 at Farmers Alley Theatre. 


C. Lieurance

In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Rob Weiner and Jeremy Koch, two of the founders of Farmers Alley Theatre, share their anticipation for the seven Signature Series productions, three Spotlight Series shows, and three Theatre For Young Audiences offerings in the 2019-2020 season. At season 12, says Weiner, their vision and model is reaching new stages of experience and growth, thanks to a growing reputation nationally and the good word of performers from New York and Los Angeles cast in Farmers Alley productions.

The Spotlight Series begins Oct 4 with a re-envisioned chamber setting of the Lerner & Loewe musical Camelot, followed in late November-December by It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The ripped-from-the-headlines dramedy The Cake and Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers follow, in February and March. Farmers Alley Theatre will partner again with the Gilmore Keyboard Festival in spring to present an intimate look at Billie Holiday's life, in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grille. Then in June, they'll present the first regional production of Bright Star, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, followed by High Fidelity in July-Aug, adapted from the 2000 film.


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