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Rob Weiner and Jeremy Koch, two of the four founders of Farmers Alley Theatre (along with Adam Weiner and Denene Mulay Koch) join Cara Lieurance to celebrate the variety of performers, technicians, musicians, writers, director and editors who pulled together to present Home For the Holidays with Farmers Alley Theatre and Friends. It's available now through Dec 24. 

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Longtime fans and patrons of Farmers Alley Theatre picked their favorite scenes and songs from the past 12 seasons at Farmers Alley Theatre for By Request, streaming now through Nov 29 on Broadway On Demand. Cara Lieurance talked to founders Rob Weiner and Jeremy Koch about some of the highlights.

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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.


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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The sometimes naughty but always endearing modern classic Avenue Q is the 11th season closer for Kalamazoo's Farmers Alley Theatre, running July 19-Aug 11. An innovative adult musical with puppets, it won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score, says director Rob Weiner. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Weiner and actors Cat Greenfield (Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut) and Teresa Attridge (Christmas Eve) talk about their characters and the way the show invites the audience to become fully involved in the complicated lives of the characters living on Avenue Q.

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