Flint, Michigan-September 1, 2010.
Megan Donahue and Bob Gerics have done over thirty plays in Flint, between them. But when they wrote a play together they decided to debut it not just out of town, but out of country. Forest for the Trees, their play, premiered in London, Ontario, at the 2010 London Fringe Theatre Festival in June. It will be presented at the Anteroom of the Good Beans Cafe, September 23- October 2.
“We’re both very active at Flint City Theatre, and certainly could have premiered the play there,” said Bob Gerics, “but we really wanted to do a fringe festival.” Fringe festivals are uncensored, non-juried festivals that seek to produce a great variety of theatre, available to audiences at a fairly low cost. Canada has the most fringe festivals per capita in the world.
“It was a great experience,” said Megan Donahue, “but I’m interested in presenting this play to a Flint audience.” Forest for the Trees features Donahue and Gerics as two step-siblings exploring the boundaries of their relationship as adults. The production uses music and puppetry to tell the story, in addition to traditional drama. “Nothing about the show is much out of the ordinary for a fringe festival audience—nudity, puppets, whatever—but it’s just a little edgy in Flint,” Donahue said.
Forest for the Trees will be presented by Flint City Theatre. Founded in 2001, Flint City Theatre exists to provide classical and modern theatre to diverse Flint audiences at affordable prices. This season, all tickets are pay-what-you can.