One of Ann Arbor’s cultural icons, the Blackbird Theatre, has established its permanent nest at the SH\’aut\ Cabaret and Gallery, 325 Braun Court in Kerrytown – right across from the Farmers Market. After a year of experimenting with various locations and after seven years at the Children’s Creative Center on Pauline Boulevard, the Blackbird has roosted in its new spot. Founding artistic director Barton Bund feels confident that the company will continue to grow and thrive in its new locale.
Last Tuesday evening, Bund’s celebration of the Blackbird’s new home also ushered in a new era of dynamic, cutting-edge artistic endeavor for downtown Ann Arbor. In addition to consistently offering a diverse body of original work, the Blackbird offers free educational programs, and performance opportunities for all students in Washtenaw County. The Blackbird strives to bring students together with the area’s most talented and established theatre veterans.
Keith Orr and Martin Contreras, owners of the SH\’aut\ Cabaret and Gallery, have hosted many Blackbird productions over the past several years. The permanent repositioning of the theatrical company to their venue was a natural move. Bund noted, “We love the new venue, and the atmosphere and culture of Kerrytown. It’s a real locals’ hangout, and the new venue opens us up for a lot of new possibilities. The last few years have been the most creative in our company’s history, and the new venue gives us better access to the Ann Arbor community as a whole. This is a chance to share what we do with more people, in a comfortable new location.”
In anticipation of the move, Blackbird suspended its 2009-2010 season., but at Tuesday’s reception and tour of the company’s new digs, Bund announced the Blackbird’s upcoming season:
- “Women in Love,” September 16 – October 16
- “Topdog/Underdog,” October 28 – November 20
- The Raw Weekend II, December 2-4,
- “If Only in My Dreams,” December 9 – 19
- “The Sleeping Giant,” January 13 – February 6
- “Seascape” April 21 – May 21
- “The Tempest” June 2 – 25
- “Much Ado About Nothing” July 7 – 31
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