GEM Theatrics has been relatively quiet since we completed our run of Old Love in Marine City this past July. We performed the one act version of My Dearest Friend in July at the Women's City Club here in Grand Rapids, and were thrilled to come away with a booking in celebration of the local Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter's 120th anniversary next May, as a result of that performance. We performed the full length version in September at Delta College in September to commemorate Constitution Day, and had a great audience!
Most recently, our skills and talents have taken us further afield and somewhat away from the pursuits of our own company. Mary Beth directed Becoming Dr. Ruth for Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids during August, which played to packed houses and rave reviews during its two week run in September. They say 90% of good directing is great casting, and I was certainly fortunate in having the wonderful Lori Jacobs, who so wonderfully brought Dr. Ruth to life in this tough one-woman show. She was a joy to work with! The show was so successful, that an additional performance has been scheduled for October 15, 2015 at Temple Emanuel in Grand Rapids, MI. Tickets are still available at: http://jtgr.org/tickets.htm
We both finish out October performing in a couple of original 10-minute plays directed by our friend Sue Bradford out in Lowell, MI. We're having a great time working with old friends and new in a dinner theatre production of Play Bytes by Playwrights: 10-Minute Plays all on a theme of Things That Go Bump in the Night, produced by the LowellArts! Players. We play parents of a "problem child" in Kids These Days, by local playwright, Matt Tawney and Gary plays a dad who has come to help his son in Reunion, by Chicago playwright J. Weintraub. All will be great Halloween fun! Hope you can join us!!