Theatre Nova, an Ann Arbor-based playhouse with a mission to showcase cutting-edge stories by up-and-coming playwrights, is exploring the role of art in life and society in a new comedic production that you can stream at home this month.
Taking place over Zoom at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24, 4 Genres features four characters who each reveal what they’ve learned after being stuck in four different genres — musical theater, documentary, slapstick comedy, and horror — of film and theater.
Ron Riekki is the playwright of 4 Genres. Theatre Nova previously performed the author and short film writer’s plays Sáme and Atheist Comedy. Carla Milarch, Theatre Nova’s founding artistic director, serves as director of the play, and actors Jennifer Graham, Nate John-Mark, Dan Johnson, and David Moan will all appear in the virtual show.
The play is part of Theatre Nova’s four-part Play of The Month series. The series, which features a new production written for Zoom each month, kicked off in January with the virtual showing of Whatcha Doin?, a play by Jacquelyn Priskorn that tells the story of a former child star who is unable to leave her home. The series goes through April, with upcoming shows taking place on March 31 and April 28.
Tickets are $10 for 4 Genres and can be purchased online. Series passes, which included admission to all four plays and the opportunity to view them through On Demand, are also available for $30. Proceeds from the shows support Theatre Nova during the pandemic.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit theatrenova.org.