The Ringwald Theater has announced its highly anticipated 2021-2022 season, the first in its new performance space at Affirmations LGBTQ + Community Center.
Although the physical location of the theater has changed, The Ringwald still has the “same soul,” according to Brandy Joe Plambeck, co-founder and media director of the theater.
“I am so excited about our new home at Affirmations! Plambeck writes by e-mail. “We are delighted to be staying in Ferndale a jump, a jump and a jump from our previous location. We’re excited to continue telling amazing stories and building a new partnership with the awesome folx at Affirmations. “
According to The Ringwald’s artistic director, Joe Bailey, audiences “can expect the same sense of fun and quality, as well as an expansion of our programs and a deeper connection to the community.”
As a board member, as well as director, actor, video editor and writer, Dyan Bailey calls The Ringwald “approachable and empathetic”.
“A place like the Ringwald gives voice to so many stories that people normally don’t have access to,” she wrote in an email to Pride Source. “We are also committed to being an anti-racist theater and more inclusive in the cast and the directors. I am especially excited for all the new people we will meet and work with.
The new site also has logistical advantages. “Better parking options, better lobby options, better bathroom options!” writes Bailey. She says she is joking, but those familiar with the previous location will no doubt appreciate these factors as there was no lobby to speak of – you had to go backstage to access the restroom.
She looks forward to “A Very Golden Girls Christmas, Vol. 2, “which she co-wrote and will direct.” In this ‘Vol. 2’, we edited the 2019 Woodward Avenue hit show, making it shorter and livelier! It’s the holidays, which has time for a two-act show, she writes. “We’re also excited to be doing the show in the new space, with one of the original board members of The Ringwald and former Dorothy, Jamie Richards ! “
She gives this advice: “Once the tickets for ‘Golden Girls’ are on sale, it is best to buy them quickly. Our race in 2019 was sold out.
Plambeck conducts “Merciless! The Musical ”, about a young actress determined to play Pippi Longstocking at all costs. “Spoofing everything from“ The Bad Seed ”to“ Gypsy ”to“ All About Eve ”to“ Mame, ”“ Ruthless! ”Is the camp with a capital C.,” according to The Ringwald’s season announcement.
Plambeck is ready to return to live theater. “It’s so exciting and unpredictable! he writes. “We’ve all been sitting in front of our TVs and computers for so long, and it’s time to reconnect with an audience and actors in a live space. The magic of live theater is so magnetic and electrifying, and I can’t wait to hear the crowd’s first laughs!
“Puffs”, “Bootycandy” and “Small Mouth Sounds” are also included this season. “Puffs” is a Harry Potter-influenced comedy that gives “audiences a new take on a familiar adventure from the perspective of three would-be heroes just trying to get through a school of magic that turns out to be very dangerous for children.” “Puffs” will be directed by Joe Bailey. Lambda Award-winning “Bootycandy,” directed by Dan Johnson, “weaves daring scenes, sermons, skits and meta-theaters to create a kaleidoscopic portrayal of gay and black growth.” “Small Mouth Sounds,” directed by Kelly Komlen, focuses on “six escapees from city life” on a silent retreat that “faces internal demons that are both deep and absurd”.
Joe Bailey urges people to support live theater “because we’ve been dormant for so long and we need love!”
Besides buying tickets for shows, there are other ways to support The Ringwald. “We’re in the middle of our comeback campaign, a fundraising effort to outfit our new space with production essentials,” Plambeck writes. “If you wish to make a donation, you can do so by going to TheRingwald.com or by sending a check c / o The Ringwald Theater to 290 W. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220.
The Ringwald season 2021/2022:
15 Oct-Nov 1, 2021
19 Nov-Dec 20, 2021
“A Very Golden Girls Christmas, Vol. 2 (An unauthorized parody) ”
February 18-March 15, 2022
“Small mouth sounds”
May 6-May 30, 2022
July 8-August. 15, 2022
“Merciless! The Musical”