Capping off its outdoor summer theatre season, Tibbits Summer Theatre offers a never-before produced treat with “It Started With Eve,” a night of four one-act plays Aug 27-29.
All four plays look at relationships in different stages, taking a very distinct view on dating and married life and how to interact with the opposite sex. “It Started With Eve” is a compilation of plays that begins with the progression of the first couple—Adam and Eve—in a comical adaptation of Mark Twain’s short story “The Diaries of Adam and Eve.” Act two includes three shorter pieces that look at more modern relationships: the light-hearted “Here We Are” by Dorothy Parker, the witty “A Matter of Husbands” by Ferenc Molnar, and the comical “Sure Thing” by David Ives.
Tibbits Artistic Director Charles Burr stated, “We have never done one acts in the professional summer theatre season before. There’s some great writing as I think this group of four diverse plays will attest.”
Tibbits Summer Theatre’s core group of professional company members from across the United States will include veteran Tibbits actors Stephanie Burdick, Bailey Kote, Michael Motkowski, and Matthew C. Scott. The production will be directed by Charles Burr. The design staff features lights by Bryce Dansby, set design by Leon Kriser, costume design by Dusti Donbrock, and sound design by Weston Felker, with Rachel Marengere as stage manager.
The 2020 TST Season that concludes with “It Started With Eve” is presented through the generous sponsorship support of Coldwater Board of Public Utilities; Parrish Excavating, Inc.; and Frederick Family Dental. Additional sponsors include Coldwater Orthodontics; Dr. Jon & Seibra Herbener; Stan and Judy Bushouse; Great Lakes Chiropractic; Honor Credit Union; Coldwater Exchange Club; Matthew C. Christopher, DDS; and Vested Risk Strategies.
This production will be held in the event pavilion at The Ponds of Coldwater, located about a mile from the opera house at 368 S. Jefferson Street. The Ponds offers a secluded setting with both space for social distancing and privacy to enjoy an intimate performance.
Tickets for “It Started With Eve” are $20 (including fees) for all seats, with discounts available to Tibbits members. Performances will run Thursday Aug 27 through Saturday Aug 29 at 7pm. Concessions will be available for purchase with complimentary water offered to patrons. After the Aug 29 performance, the public is invited to join the cast and crew for a talkback to discuss the show and ask questions. Tickets are still available at Tibbits.org or by calling 517-278-6029.
Tibbits has revamped its summer theatre schedule to respect social distancing guidelines and still offer the quality professional entertainment that has become synonymous with Tibbits Summer Theatre. Even in the new location, Tibbits encourages those who are able to wear a mask.