Literature and Libations with Detroit Public Theatre

Oct 21st

Literature and Libations
The Actors of Detroit Public Theatre
Exploring Birthday Candles
by Grand Rapids native playwright
Noah Haidle

The stage is calling  and we must go ON!

Detroit Public Theatre brings the stage to frame for a one-night-only behind-the-scenes exploration of the unlikely journey of the play Birthday Candles, by Grand Rapids native playwright Noah Haidle. The play, commissioned and first produced by DPT in 2018, is making the jump from Detroit to Broadway – the heart of New York theater – with frame favorite Debra Messing (Will and Grace).

So with all the buzz around this new play coming out of Detroit – we thought we’d give you a chance to hear scenes from the play, and learn a bit about how a play goes from Detroit to Broadway in record time.  Cultivate your thirst for culture and booze (of course!) with producers and actors from Detroit Public Theatre’s world-premier production of Birthday Candles at Frame. Plan on a light dinner, a birthday cake of your very own, script exploration, and a Q&A with the DPT founders on the journey to Broadway.

To be or not to be at this one-of-a-kind literature and libations experience. We’ll leave that for you kids to decide.

Thursday, October 21st
6:30pm, inside @ frame
$65 per person + tax and service fee
Each workshop is limited to 20 guests

A two-hour hands-on live table read by Detroit Public Theatre actors. Plan on a light dinner, a welcome cocktail, birthday cake slice of your very own, and script exploration and a Q&A with the DPT founders on the journey to Broadway.

++ a-la-carte beer, wine ++ frame cocktails

Pre-Covid canceled frame tickets:
If you have a frame credit that you would like to use for this experience please email us here and we will happily honor your credit. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we re-schedule with each chef and maker during these tricky times.

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