2019 SEASON

Fall Festival of Staged Readings of New and Established Works

Co-Producers Mary Conley and Isaac Ellis announce The Brass Tacks Ensemble 20th anniversary with a Fall Festival of Staged Readings of New and Established Works culminating in a party with artists past and present.

The Festival will be presented on November 1, 2, and 8, plus a celebration on the 9th, at the Children’s Creative Center in Ann Arbor. An ensemble of 11 actors and 5 directors will present a quasi-radio-play/staged reading of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, as well as a series of short original plays written over the past year in the Brass Tacks Ensemble’s playwriting group. Each night of the festival will be unique.

November 1 will consist of staged readings of original radio-style plays by Mary Conley, Dorianne Jentzen, Isaac Ellis, Sanders Hamson, and Brian Trippel.

November 2 will be a quasi-radio-play/staged reading of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.

November 8 will consist of staged readings of original short plays based around the theme of “balance” by Mary Conley, Dorianne Jentzen, Isaac Ellis, Sanders Hamson, and Brian Trippel.

November 9 will be a party celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Brass Tacks Ensemble, open to the public.

The ensemble includes Amy Bogetto-Weinraub, Mary Conley, Isaac Ellis, Ethan Gibney, Amy Griffith, Veronica Long, Amber Nicole Price, Katie Parzych, Havah Roussel, Russ Schwartz, Elizabeth Wagner, Alex Wisz, and Laura Yakas.

Performances will be November 1-2 and November 8, 2019, with a celebration party on November 9; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm at the CCC, 1600 Pauline Blvd. in Ann Arbor. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Want Donations at the door. For more information: www.btensemble.org


Theater is a lot of things. We put it all under one umbrella — “Let’s do theater!” or “Let’s go see theater!” — but there is a lot in there, behind the scenes, that is needed to make it all work. Before the house lights go down, before hours of rehearsal are racked up, before the auditions are held, before the space is even rented. We are spending the year exploring two very important “before all this” parts: Play Writing and Play Reading. Writing plays has been going on for centuries. Plays addressing the human spirit, morality, conflict, and humor have stood the test of time. We’re still performing Greek plays, Shakespeare, and Shaw. But the world changes, and the exploration of humanity continues ever onward. So The Brass Tacks Ensemble has taken up the call and started our own play writing club so we can focus our creativity into a aspect of theater we have pushed to the side over the past few years. But with all these amazing plays proving their relevance and clawing their way through history, we simply can’t ignore them! So we started up a play reading club so we could read as many of them as we possible could and find those that we need — need, I say! — to bring to the stage as only The Brass Tacks can. So that’s where we are, learning from the past, writing our present, and looking for a bright future. Won’t you join us?

Our plans for this year also include a festival of staged readings of new works in November.  Join us for one event, or work with us over the entire year!  

Take a look at the event calendar and come by!

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