Kickshaw Theatre combines laughter with intrigue in spring show


Kickshaw Theatre presents The Ding Dongs, or What Is The Penalty In Portugal? a comedy thriller by Brenda Withers, March 28 through April 14, 2019, at trustArt Studios in Ann Arbor.

In The Ding Dongs, sweet-as-pie married couple Natalie and Joe show up unannounced on Redelmo’s doorstep. They’re strangers to him, but all they want is a look inside Joe’s childhood home. There’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgia, right? As the fast-talking pair banter and giggle, Redelmo can’t help but wonder if there’s something more going on. This brisk comedy will keep you laughing and guessing. All the while, bigger questions loom: who belongs inside the gate and who will be left on the outside?

“The Ding Dongs is about a hilariously fast-talking couple engaged in a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse with our protagonist, Redelmo. Are they con artists? Clowns? Or are they just well-meaning folks, like any of us, who want a simple and safe life with their three lovely children?” says Kickshaw found and Artistic Director Lynn Lammers. “The way this play drives toward its conclusion keeps you on the edge of your seat. I can’t wait for audiences to see The Ding Dongs.”

Lammers will also helm the production as director with a cast that includes Casaundra Freeman*, Dan Helmer, and Dan Johnson. Sarah Lucas* stage manages, with scenic design by Kirk Domer, properties design by Lynn Lammers, costume design by Camille Charara, lighting design by Paul Collins, and sound design by Aral Gribble.

The production is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Ding Dongs, or What Is The Penalty In Portugal? runs March 28 through April 14, 2019. Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 4pm at trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students. Advance reservations will be available online or by phone through Showclix at 888.718.4253 beginning February 26, 2019. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door with cash or credit card.

About Kickshaw Theatre

Kickshaw means “rare delight.”  And that defines what Kickshaw Theatre offers.

Founded in 2015, Kickshaw Theatre has become known for uncommon stories and stylistic daring. Kickshaw Theatre’s mission is to engage, entertain, and educate people with gutsy, stylish live theatre, seeking out stories that increase empathy, artistic literacy, intellectual stimulation, and a sense of social connection.

Kickshaw is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit professional theatre, operating under an agreement with Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

Performance Schedule

The Ding Dongs, or What Is The Penalty In Portugal?

by Brenda Withers
March 28-April 14, 2019
trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Thursday, March 28 8pm Pay-What-You-Want Preview
Friday, March 29 8pm Pay-What-You-Want Preview
Saturday, March 30 8pm Press Opening
Sunday, March 31 4pm

Thursday, April 4 8pm

Friday, April 5 8pm
Saturday, April 6 8pm
Sunday, April 7 4pm

Thursday, April 11 8pm
Friday, April 12 8pm
Saturday, April 13 8pm
Sunday, April 14 4pm Closing Matinee


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