Festival Playhouse

Theatre that is always provocative. Theatre that is always thoughtful.

Festival Playhouse proudly presents

Our 56th Season,

HERstory: Forgotten Female Figures


Fall 2019

Promotional Poster for The Spitfire Grill. Blue letters above a sign reading 'the spitfire grill'

November 7-10, 2019

Directed by ‘C’ Heaps

Based on the 1996 movie of the same name, The Spitfire Grill follows the story of Percy Talbott, an ex-convict woman trying to start her life in the small town of Gilead, WI. After her recent incarceration, can she battle the town’s prejudice against her to keep both herself and the Spitfire Grill afloat?

Winter 2020

Poster for Silent Sky. A silhouette of a woman looking up at the night sky.

February 27- March 1, 2020

Directed by Ren Berthel

Henrietta Leavitt, a gifted astronomer, is relegated to the role of “computer” at the Harvard Observatory while her male colleagues take credit for her celestial discoveries. Silent Sky pays homage to Henrietta Leavitt’s mind, discoveries, and struggle to be recognized.

Spring 2020

Poster for Water by the Spoonful. Graphic of hands holding a blue flower.

May 14-17, 2020

Directed by Bianca Washington


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This play tells the story of Odessa Ortiz, a.k.a. Haikumom. Online, Odessa moderates a chat room that ministers to those struggling with addiction. Offline, Odessa herself is still fighting her own disease and trying to hold together a family that is falling apart at the seams.

Festival Playhouse is a proud member of Theatre Kalamazoo (TK), a consortium of theatres from Kalamazoo County. TK demonstrates that collectively we can achieve much more than we can as individual theatres–and together, we promote the very things that define what is truly special about being alive in the world, interacting with one another to celebrate humanity at large.

Theatre that is always provocative. Theatre that is always thoughtful.

Festival Playhouse gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation.