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Muse Arts Warehouse hosts first venture of new Savannah theater project


Muse Arts Warehouse hosts first venture of new Savannah theater project

05 Apr 2016


What: “An Evening of Love, Death & Beyond”

When: 8 p.m. April 7, 8 and 9

Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Road

Cost: $10



The actors who make up Savannah’s theater scene have always been hard-working. It seems that every few weeks another production opens somewhere around town, and the quality of those productions gets better with every show.

So theater fans should be excited by the latest project from local actors Marshall Frey and Vanessa Stipkovits. They’re finding time in their busy performing schedules to put on an evening of one-act comedies at Muse Arts Warehouse.

That’s the name of the organization, An Evening Of Productions, and their first show is titled “An Evening Of Love, Death & Beyond.” Frey explains the surprisingly simple origins of the project.

“It’s a small group of friends who participate in a lot of the local theaters, and when we were sitting around talking, we thought it would be nice to have a light comedy in between the other shows and other commitments we have.”

By focusing on simplicity, he hopes the new company will offer local actors an additional, more personal venue for their work.

“There’s so much culture going on in Savannah. Every other week there’s a show going on somewhere. We figured with the talent pool we have around here, it’s always going to be easy to find a show that somebody wants to do.”

For the opening performance, Frey and Stipkovits will perform two established one-act plays, “Mary Just Broke Up With This Guy” and “The Funeral Parlor,” plus the premiere of a new work by local playwright Christopher Soucy. The unifying theme of all three plays is relationships.

“When Vanessa and I were looking for plays,” Frey says, “we felt like we needed a theme. We didn’t just want to pull three comedies out of the blue. We picked the first two because they both tied together with a relationship in them. A human touch. When we were looking around for a third one, I was talking to Chris, and he said, ‘I would like to write that one.’”

The “beyond” element of Soucy’s play, “Afterthought,” comes from the fact that one of the characters is a ghost. You’ll have to attend the show to see exactly how that relationship works out.

Finally, to tie the evening together, seasoned improvisers John Dorsey and Zachary Burke will offer up their own shenanigans between plays.

While this first show would stand alone on its own merit, Frey and company are peeking ahead to the future, as well.

“I think the overall goal is to keep it as a nice little company,” he says. “When one of our friends sees something that they’re passionate about, they come to us. I’d like to see us in three or four years being the place for actors’ personal projects. If you ever have a play you want to do, come to us, and we’ll say, hey, let’s see if we can make this happen.”

If that sort of passion makes its way into their performances, then An Evening Of is poised to help usher in the next generation of Savannah theater.