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Fall 2020 Events

August • September • October • November • December

Unless noted otherwise, call the Playhouse at (231) 894-0119 for additional information.

August 25 through September 25

Tickets:
$5 Students
$10 Couple
$15 Watch Party
(plus ticketing fee)

 

Coming Up for AirComing Up for Air

A Mom Struggles to Find and Rescue Her Brilliant Son Spiraling Out of Control

An On-Demand Film by Roger Rapoport

A breakout indie feature, costarring Deborah Staples and Chase Yi, Coming Up For Air has won four best feature awards including the grand prize, at the Culver City Film Festival in Los Angeles. Filmed on location in Michigan and Wisconsin, Coming Up for Air tells the story of ceramic artist Anna Russell and her son Stan, a straight A college student and high diving champion, seeking an spot on the men’s 10m Olympic diving team. The pressure and stress to succeed in his high-stakes athletic competitions, while maintaining his A average and a social life, begin to take their toll. Stan begins to unravel and withdraws into himself with potentially tragic consequences. Coming Up for Air is a breathtaking family drama that highlights the importance of mental health care. It takes audiences on an all-too-common journey, highlighting the pressures that are put upon teenagers to succeed and on parents to cope.

Best picture winner at the Detroit I See You Awards, the film was also honored for best director, best cast, best lead actress, best lead actor, best editor (Gene Gamache), and best cinematographer (Bruce Schermer and David Darling).

Director Cicchini, a veteran film (Godfather III), television (Six Feet Under) and stage actor, who previously directed and starred in Roger Rapoport’s award-winning feature Waterwalk, says: “This very topical new film will inspire empathy and awareness of the complexities of personal responsibility. It addresses how crises that may lead to tragedy can be de-escalated and creates an appreciation of the impact mental health has on families. It will also support community discussions of the real conditions and biases toward mental health treatment.”

The film stars Deborah Staples and Chase Yi and was shot on location in Michigan and Wisconsin with a cast featuring acclaimed stage actors from many award-winning Midwestern theaters. The local actors featured in the film include Kate Thomsen (who starred in Rapoport’s previous film Pilot Error), Kirk Wahamaki, Judy Johnson, Chris Beaman, Jacqui Robinson, Shelley Irwin, Kim Harsch, Diane Van Wesep, Ray Brazaski, Bill Iddings, Tom Harryman, Foley Schuler, Liz Nolan, Joe Hasper, Keely Ackerman, Filis Slater, Mary Jamieson, D.J. Hilson, and Mickey Wallace.

“The timely message at the core of our film is connecting with audiences at cinemas, performing arts centers, colleges, schools, professional conferences and community mental health organizations” says Rapoport who cowrote the original script with Deborah Staples. “If you or someone you know can benefit from mental health treatment or is having a mental health emergency, take action, lend a hand, make the call to get help, stay on the line, and above all don’t hang up. Your quick action could save a life.”

View the film's trailer on Vimeo

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Rating: Unrated, plays as PG

Classic Throwback Movies

Celebrating 104 Years of Entertainment

On September 26 of the year 1916, the Playhouse at White Lake opened to the public as the Nufer-Adams Playhouse. To celebrate the Grand Ol’ Lady’s 104th Birthday, we’ve curated a collection of films that played at The Playhouse in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Each film has a special introduction by one of the past/present Playhouse Managing Directors. Stream directly to your computer, tablet, phone, or smart TV.

You will have 48 hours from the time you begin watching to finish a film.

September 26 through December 31

Tickets:
Student/Individual $5
Couples Night In $10
Watch Party $15
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You have 48 hours from the time you begin watching to finish a film

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The GeneralThe General (1928)

Special Introduction by Tom Harryman

This thrilling comedy about the Civil War lifted Buster Keaton from the ashes of oblivion decades after his name and legacy were forgotten. Audiences and critics in the 1920s did not appreciate this extraordinary masterpiece, but Buster Keaton always regarded The General as his best film. Today he is totally vindicated and the world agrees with him.

Shown at The Playhouse in July 1928

Tickets:
Student/Individual $5
Couples Night In $10
Watch Party $15
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Steamboat Bill JrSteamboat Bill, Jr (1928)

Special Introduction by Chris Beaman

In this silent comedy, college boy William Canfield Jr. (Buster Keaton) reunites with his boat captain father in a Mississippi River town. Though he's flummoxed by Willie's citified appearance, the elder Canfield seems to have found an ally to help him compete with fellow riverboat owner John James King (Tom McGuire). Willie finds himself falling for King's daughter, but he has more pressing concerns when the weather turns bad and his father in arrested.

Shown at The Playhouse in August 1928

Tickets:
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Watch Party $15
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The Little PrincessThe Little Princess (1939)

Special Introduction by Beth Beaman

Sara Crewe (Shirley Temple), the pampered daughter of a British military officer, is sent to an exclusive boarding school while her father goes to South Africa to fight in the Boer War. Sara is given every luxury until her father is reported missing. Sara can no longer pay the expensive tuition so the greedy headmistress (Mary Nash) forces her to work as a servant.

Movie first appeared at The Playhouse in May 1939

Tickets:
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Couples Night In $10
Watch Party $15
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His Girl FridayHis Girl Friday (1940)

Special Introduction by
Katie Trzaska Miller

When hard-charging New York newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) discovers that his ex-wife, investigative reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), has gotten engaged to milquetoast insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), he unsuccessfully tries to lure her away from tame domestic life with a story about the impending execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams. But when Hildy discovers Williams may be innocent, her reporter instincts take over.

Shown at The Playhouse in April 1940

Tickets:
Student/Individual $5
Couples Night In $10
Watch Party $15
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Father's Little DividendFather’s Little Dividend (1951)

Special Introduction by
Cindy Beth Davis Dykema

A year after dealing with a surprise engagement in "Father of the Bride," Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy) and his wife, Ellie (Joan Bennett), are in for another shock when they find their daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) is now pregnant. Not ready to be a grandfather, Stanley keeps quiet while everyone else fawns over the mother-to-be and bothers her about baby names and nursery decorations. Ironically, his silence makes him the person Kay turns to the most for help, which in turn helps him.

Shown at The Playhouse in July 1951

 

 

 

 

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