Three Oaks Theater Festival Announces Second Performances of COMPLICATED, a new musical from Poi Dog Pondering

2Due to overwhelming demand, Three Oaks Theater Festival co-founders John StoopsTim Evans, and Marc Grapey have added a second performance of Complicated, a new musical from Poi Dog Pondering.  Complicated will play on August 3 at 8:00pm and 10:30pm EST (7:00pm and 9:30pm CST).

Three Oaks Theater Festival is a new summer theater festival that will bring three limited-engagement runs of highly-acclaimed, professional Chicago-based productions and a first look at a new musical to audiences in Harbor Country, Michigan.  Three Oaks Theater Festival is presented in association with Harbor Arts with special thanks to The Pokagon Fund.

Note to pressComplicated is in development and is playing for the first time in a limited 2-show run. We respectfully requested that press refrain from reviewing the first look, workshop production.

A Workshop Production of a new musical


Conceived and directed by Brigid Murphy, music and lyrics by Frank Orrall and Poi Dog Pondering

Featuring alternative rock legend Syd Straw, Frank Orrall and members of Poi Dog Pondering

as well as puppets by Chicago artist Cynthia VonOrthal

Saturday, August 3, 2013

8:00pm (EST); 7:00pm (CST)

10:30pm (EST); 9:30pm (CST)

Ticket Price: $35

Complicated is a theatrical hybrid: part rock concert, part traditional book musical.  It’s a mythic journey about home and your place in the world.  Music and lyrics by Frank Orrall and Poi Dog Pondering, book and direction by Brigid Murphy, puppet elements by Cynthia VonOrthal, and special musical guest indie rock diva Syd Straw.

This workshop musical is currently in development.

In addition to the upcoming production of Complicated, for its first season, Three Oaks Theater Festival presented one-night-only engagements of Blair Thomas & Co.’s The Selfish Giant, a unique take on the Oscar Wilde classic featuring puppetry by Blair Thomas and music by Michael Smith; Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co’s acclaimed production of the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie, directed by Hans Fleischmann (who also stars as Tom), and featuring Walter BriggsMaggie Cain and Joanne Dubach, with an original score by Daniel Knox. TurnAround Theatre’s production of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, directed by J.R. Sullivan and featuring Brad ArmacostLia D. Mortensen and Si Osborne playsSaturday, July 27.

Tickets for Three Oaks Theater Festival

Performances will take place at The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive in Three Oaks, Michigan.

Information and tickets will be available at beginning May 20.  Tickets will be available online; at the Acorn Theater box office; or via phone (269-756-3879).

About The Acorn Theater

Housed in a turn-of-the-century corset stay factory, The Acorn was purchased by two Chicago residents who lovingly restored the abandoned building.  The restoration was featured in multiple programs on HGTV.  In 2003, the building was re-opened as a 250-seat multi-disciplinary space used for professional performances and live theater.  The Acorn also houses a 1931 Barton theater pipe organ and boasts a huge acorn sculpture in front of the building.

About Three Oaks, Michigan

Three Oaks, Michigan, located about 70 miles from Chicago, has 1,600 residents.  Approximately 25% of those residents name Three Oaks as their secondary resident, most of whom are from Chicago.  The Village, remarkably well-developed in the arts, boasts two theaters, the live-performance Acorn Theater and the Vickers Theater, which shows independent and foreign films.  The quaint downtown has four art galleries featuring the work of established and emerging artists.  Chamberlain Path, located steps from the main street, has been turned into a sculpture garden featuring monumental sculptures by local and national artists.  The town also hosts two annual art festivals; the Art Attack weekend and Art in the Park.  Meanwhile, Dewey Cannon Park is home to Music in the Park, a free concert series held every Saturday during the summer.  Perhaps most indicative of the town’s quirky, artistic spirit, Three Oaks is one of the few villages in the country with the official position of Village Poet Laureate.  Each year, the reigning Poet Laureate is asked to write a Flag Day poem and a winter poem as well as participate in readings throughout the year.  In 2013, Three Oaks Theater Festival was born.

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