Is a picture really worth a thousand words?

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Kickshaw Theatre presents ‘REALLY’ June 29 – July 16

Shaunie Lewis and Derek Ridge | Sean Carter Photography

Susan Sontag once wrote, “Photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have the right to observe.” In the age of selfies and social media, where every person with a smartphone is both photographer and curator, meanings, identities, and legacies can be shaped and interpreted in a multitude of ways. Does any photograph do justice to the reality it tries to capture?

In her smart new play titled “Really,” playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury examines the particular and diverse lenses through which we see ourselves, each other and our place in the world.

The play follows a young woman photographer, her artist boyfriend Calvin, and his mother. Like many artists, she struggles to capture on film what she envisions in her mind. For her new project, she invites Calvin’s mother to their studio for a portrait session. As the photo shoot progresses, the women grapple with their memories of the man who was once the center of their lives, and what it means for them now that he’s gone.

Kickshaw Theatre will present “Really” on Thursdays through Sundays, June 29 – July 16, at trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.

trustArt Studios is a creative center for visual artists with working studios and a gallery space. Located just west of Baker Road, near I-94, there is ample, free parking. trustArt Studios is wheelchair accessible. Due to the intimate nature of the gallery space, seating is extremely limited.

Tickets are available online at kickshawtheatre.org. Prices are $20-$27 in advance, and $25-$30 at door.

The cast includes Shaunie Lewis, Derek Ridge and Pam Jusino. The design team includes Tyler Chinn, Aral Gribble and Jasper Richter. The production is directed by Lynn Lammers and stage-managed by Paige Conway and Nan Luchini.

Kickshaw is a 501(c)3 non-profit professional theater based in Ann Arbor, operating under an agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

For more information, visit kickshawtheatre.org or follow Kickshaw on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @KickshawTheatre.

Performance Dates & Times

Thursday, June 29 at 8pm
Friday, June 30 at 8pm
Saturday, July 1 at 3pm
Saturday, July 1 at 8pm
Sunday, July 2 at 3pm

Thursday, July 6 at 8pm
Friday, July 7 at 8pm
Saturday, July 8 at 3pm
Saturday, July 8 at 8pm
Sunday, July 9 at 3pm

Thursday, July 13 at 8pm
Friday, July 14 at 8pm
Saturday, July 15 at 3pm
Saturday, July 15 at 8pm
Sunday, July 16 at 3pm


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