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Conversations with creators and organizers of the arts scene in West Michigan, hosted by Cara Lieurance

School-in-crisis drama will end season for Face Off Theatre

Design by Face Off Theatre
Face Off Theatre
Design by Face Off Theatre

Face Off Theatre will close its 6th season with Exit Strategy by Ike Holter, a contemporary Chicago playwright who has seen the challenges and scandals public schools face in his community. Cara Lieurance talks to director and Face Off co-founder Marissa Harrington and cast member David Noyes about the play, which opens with a vice-principal announcing to teachers and staff that the school is slated to close at the end of the year.

David Noyes says his character is a veteran teacher of over 20 years whose up-and-down experiences have given him strong opinions, but his opinions don’t always count for much with his colleagues. He talks about Holter’s realistic writing style, and the across-the-board talent of the other six actors in the play.

This play has been on her wish list for three years, says Marissa Harrington. As it happens, it made a perfect pairing with July’s production of “Exception to the Rule,” about a group of students in detention. She says this is a new play that can help us process the huge and sometimes controversial topic of public education, through the viewpoints of diverse characters.

The show will be staged at 7:30 pm Thurs, Oct 19 - Sun, Oct 22 in the Joliffe Theatre of the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo. The theatre has a policy of pay-what-you-will to encourage all to attend. Post-performance discussions will also be held. More information is at the Face Off Theatre website.

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