Alfred Hitchcock once said, "Drama is life with the dull bits cut out," which explains his penchant for casting crust-less sandwiches in every leading role. Chew on exciting art with today's Groupon to Matrix Theatre Company. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get two tickets to any performance during the 2011–12 season (a $40 value). Tickets can be used for the same production or for two different productions.
- For $49, you get one season pass for all six productions during the 2011–12 season (a $100 value).
- For $79, you get two season passes for all six productions during the 2011–12 season (a $200 value).
During its 20th season of socially engaging theater in southwest Detroit, Matrix Theatre Company continues to create challenging and visually compelling work that includes the community it calls home. The year of six plays begins with Southwest Story (October 14–November 13), a Detroit take on the story of Romeo and Juliet that explores the conflict between African-American and Latino cultures but fails to solve the mystery of how Shakespeare kept his goatee so pointy.
Matrix's teen company meddles with specters for the annual Haunted Theatre show at the end of October. More holiday hijinks appear in December's Puppet Scrooge, a family-friendly Michigan spin on a yuletide staple that invites pintsize patrons to create their own puppets and help at various points throughout the show. Home Water and Raven's Seed, gracing stages in February and April respectively, explore issues of family hardships and environmental issues, and March's teen-created show allows young artists to make their mark on the community in ways other than spray-painting pictures of fruit baskets on their lockers.
Southwest Story hits the footlights at the Boll Family YMCA, and the other productions are held at Matrix's home space. Seating is open, so early arrival gives patrons the best shot at the front row and nabbing a limited-edition program that's been folded into a tricorn hat. Matrix participates in the inclusive theatre initiative to engage all members of the community; contact the theater for information on touch tours, large-print programs, American Sign Language–interpreted performances, and Spanish-language interpretation. A full list of performance dates and a rare gallery of Sam Shepard making funny faces can be viewed online.