Events

Head Over Heels

May 14 – June 6, 2021

Music & Lyrics by The Go-Go’s

Original Book by Jeff Whitty

Adapted by James Magruder

Directed by Brian Boruta

Head Over Heels is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.”

A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, Head Over Heels follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction—only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts.

05/15/2021 – 8:00pm
05/16/2021 – 3:00pm
05/20/2021 – 7:30pm
05/21/2021 – 8:00pm
05/22/2021 – 8:00pm
05/23/2021 – 3:00pm
05/27/2021 – 3:00pm
05/28/2021 – 8:00pm
05/29/2021 – 8:00pm
05/30/2021 – 3:00pm
06/03/2021 – 7:30pm
06/04/2021 – 8:00pm
06/05/2021 – 8:00pm
06/06/2021 – 3:00pm

Detroit ’67

April 2 – 25, 2021

By Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Michelle Aguillon

It’s 1967 in Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over more much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 riots.

Morrisseau’s powerful portrait of an explosive moment in American history with striking relevance for today’s audiences.

04/02/2021 – 8:00pm
04/03/2021 – 8:00pm
04/04/2021 – 3:00pm
04/08/2021 – 7:30pm
04/09/2021 – 8:00pm
04/10/2021 – 8:00pm
04/11/2021 – 3:00pm
04/15/2021 – 7:30pm
04/16/2021 – 8:00pm
04/17/2021 – 8:00pm
04/18/2021 – 3:00pm
04/22/2021 – 7:30pm
04/23/2021 – 8:00pm
04/24/2021 – 8:00pm
04/25/2021 – 3:00pm

2020 Art Ramble

On display from September 1-November 8 in the Hapgood Wright Town Forest, the 5th annual Art Ramble Exhibition explores the social justice issues of climate change and water. Water Change: Where Spirit, Nature, and Civilization Meet is presented by The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program and curated by Susan Israel, who asked artists to explore three themes in connecting their work to place and climate:

Spirit: Water, the essence of all life, symbolizes life, spirit, purity, restoration, birth, passage and more. Water also inspires wonder, dreams, potential, and peace. The existential threat of habitat change brings a profound emotional burden. What does hope look like?

Nature: Climate change impacts waterways, ponds, and forests in fundamental ways. How will flora and fauna adapt? As the climate warms, species migrate, trees die, invasive species thrive; our landscape is changing. What will this site look like in 100 years?

Built Form: Water is the foundation of civilization. We drink it, dam it, detour it, waste it, and pollute it. We use it for transport, manufacturing, and play. Fairyland Pond is an artificial pond, created and preserved by dredging, dams, and habitat maintenance. Using this site, how do we show human interventions – good or bad?

Israel called upon artists to move people to act – as well as to find joy and life: “Without hope, joy, and love, there is no action.”

Fifteen artists make up this outdoor installation. Israel selected a complementary and diverse exhibition of pieces and mediums, ranging from iron sculpture to wooden benches, to glass ducks. Poet Joanne DeSimone Reynolds has written original poems inspired by each installation. Taken as a whole the poems create a sense of cohesion throughout the exhibition.

More information can be found at TheUmbrellaArts.org/Ramble.

A moderated virtual public reception with the curator and artists will take place via Zoom on September 23, 2020, 7-8pm.

The Umbrella @ Home Coffee House Cabaret

Join us as we welcome back some of The Umbrella Stage Company’s favorite alumni for a virtual mini-concert.

Talented performers including Vanessa Calantropo (Hedwig & the Angry Inch, The Wild Party), Andrea Giangreco (Hundred Days, Bonnie & Clyde), Anthony Pires, Jr. (Tuck Everlasting, Parade), and Kayla Shimizu (Avenue Q) will perform from their own homes, singing a few songs and telling a few stories, followed by a chance to catch up with each other and our wider stage community via Zoom.

Free, but RSVP Required.

In addition to the @ Home Coffee House, The Umbrella Stage Company @ Home programming also includes a New Works series of free, short-length original works written for Zoom by local playwrights and performed as live digital theater experiences. Submissions of new works are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout fall 2020. See TheUmbrellaStage.org

The Robbins House @ The Umbrella Visiting Exhibition

Through November 6, materials from The Robbins House, currently closed out of consideration for public safety, will be available for viewing with an interpreter in The Umbrella Art Center’s Main Gallery. Viewings are restricted to 8 or fewer visitors, by limited special appointment only, in pre-scheduled blocks on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Also on view in the gallery is the mixed media installation, One Day I Will Walk into The Umbrella, with artwork by Justin P. Douglass. Learn more and request an appointment at TheUmbrellaArts.org/Robbins