It Came From Mars

By Joseph Zettelmaier
March 31 – April 18, 2010
Limited Engagement World Premiere!

October 30, 1938. The members of Farlowe’s Mystery Theater Hour are in rehearsal for their weekly radio show when they hear an alarming announcement come over the radio – Martians have landed! Honesty and hilarity ensue when the dramatic dramatists are faced with true drama. A co-production with Performance Network*. Contains adult language and themes.

Directed by Tony Caselli. Featuring Joseph Albright, Sandra Birch, Morgan Chard, Jacob Hodgson, Alysia Kolascz, Wayne David Parker.

Winner of the 2009 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award!
One of Michigan’s own, playwright Joseph Zettelmaier is a two-time nominee for the American Theatre Critics Award for Best New Play (All Childish Things, 2006 & Language Lessons, 2007). His work has also won awards for the Best Locally Created Script and Best New Play (Ann Arbor News), Best New Play (Oakland Press), and has been selected as a part of the National New Play Network’s Festival of New Plays.

Performances:
Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
There will be one Wednesday evening performance on March 31 at 8pm.
There will be no matinee performance on Sunday, April 4 (Easter).

Tickets Prices:
Individual tickets will be on sale beginning on Monday, March 8, 2010.
Pay-What-You-Can ~ Wednesday, March 31
Regular Prices begin on Thursday, April 1:
Thursday evenings ~ $18
Friday and Saturday evenings ~ $24
Saturday and Sunday matinees ~ $20
Student tickets (with valid ID) ~ $10
Senior discount (65 and older) ~ $2 off regular ticket price

* This production ran first at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor from February 18 – March 21, 2010 before moving to the Williamston Theatre.

This activity is supported in part by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

IN THE PRESS

REVIEW: New comedy puts screwball twist on War of the Worlds
~ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

REVIEW: It Came From Mars invades the stage with comedic brilliance
~ Ronelle Grier, The Oakland Press

REVIEW: Performance Network offers a great view of Mars
~ Jenn McKee, AnnArbor.com

REVIEW: It Came From Mars
~ Carolyn Hayes, The Rogue Critic

REVIEW: Mars is one spacey odyssey
~ Lawrence B. Johnson, The Detroit News

REVIEW: Mars captures spirit of 1938
~ Daniel Skora, New Monitor

REVIEW: ‘Welles’ of laughter at Performance Network
~ Donald V. Calamia, EncoreMichigan.com

REVIEW: ‘Mars’ attacks the funny bone
~ Mary C. Cusack, Lansing City Pulse

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
Thespie Award, Best Director (Tony Caselli)
Thespie Award, Best Ensemble
Thespie Award, Best Original Script (Joseph Zettelmaier)
Wilde Award Nominee, Best New Script (Joseph Zettelmaier)
Wilde Award Nominee, Best Actor in a Comedy (Jacob Hodgson)
Wilde Award Nominee, Best Prop Design (Charles Sutherland)
Pulsar Award Nomination Best Supporting Actor in a Play (Joseph Albright)
Pulsar Award Nomination Best Featured Actor in a Play (Jacob Hodgson)
Pulsar Award Nomination Best Sound Design (Will Myers)
Pulsar Award Nomination Best Set Design (Janine Woods Thoma)
Pulsar Award Nomination Best Prop Design (Charles Sutherland)