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Circle and Wealthy "Theatres" Collaborating on Holiday Stage Event

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Circle Theatre and Wealthy Theatre (a service of Community Media Center) are proud to announce their inaugural collaboration, entitled A Series of One-Night Stands.  The Dec. 4/5 production at Wealthy Theatre features the David Sedaris play, "Santaland Diaries," followed by Brian Damson and Michael Sobie in "A Mirror Ball Christmas."

Tickets for members of Community Media Center are half-price at $15!  Tickets are $30 at the door.  CMC members can get tickets online; if you're not a member yet, you can join online.  For the price of membership, one could buy two tickets and nearly save the price of membership!  Three tickets could save enough to pay for a family membership (up to two adults and any dependent children living in the same household.)

“We're thrilled at the opportunity to create an ongoing partnership with our friend and neighbor, Circle Theatre,” says Erin Wilson, Theatre Director for Wealthy Theatre.  “The ‘One-Night Stand’ series is the best of both worlds, with the high standards of a Circle Theatre production, hosted at Community Media Center's multimedia-infused venue, Wealthy Theatre.”

This ‘evening of one-night stands’ will include a production of the David Sedaris holiday favorite, Santaland Diaries, performed by Grand Rapids and Chicago actor, Ryan Jarosch as well as Christmas cabaret titled A Mirror Ball Christmas, performed by award-winning cabaret performer, Brian Damson, accompanied by Michael Sobie.

Ryan Jarosch is returning to Grand Rapids having last been seen performing as Dickie Harrington in Awesome 80's Prom with the theatre project at the BOB; a role he played for 16 months with the Chicago production.  He has worked with Circle Theatre, Actors Theatre, Civic Theatre, GRCC Players, and Heritage Theatre Group. Ryan was awarded a Grand Award in 2003 for his work in The Food Chain with GRCC. Recent Chicago credits include The Taming of the Shrew with Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, and Torch Song Trilogy at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theatre; a role for which he was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play.

A Mirror Ball Christmas is being performed by long-time theatre performed Brian Damson.  Brian has toured the world with his award-winning cabaret shows and was  voted Best New Performer of the Year by the L.A. Theatre Critics.  He has opened for Joan Rivers an Alan King and has been featured vocalist with the Kalamazoo and Elgin Symphonies.  In Chicago he originated the role of Swami in Kama Sutra the Musical in Chicago as well as Man/Tree/Grandma in Joe! the musical at Equity Library Theatre. He directed and conceived Back to Bacharach and co-directed Beauty and the Beast and Beehive at Circle Theatre.  Brian, often been compared to a male Bette Midler, combines "real life" stories and songs for an evening that critics have called: "amazing" (Windy City Times), "a standout!" (L.A. Times), "way sexier than Joe Millionaire!" (Grand Rapids Press).

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