‘Flint Rep Outside!’ reimagines theatre programming in Flint this summer

FLINT, Michigan -- Flint Repertory Theatre announced a new, re-imagined summer season called “Flint Rep Outside!” this week. The season will take theatre directly into the community with the help of a unique partnership.

“This exciting and ambitious new programming is all outside of the box and our building,” producing artistic director Michael Lluberes said in a news release. “During the pandemic, we’re looking for ways to translate our work into new mediums and bring theatre directly to the community.”

This summer, Flint Repertory Theatre is partnering with the Flint Public Art Project to present FLINT MURAL PLAYS (June 5-August 31). Flint Rep has commissioned 25 new micro audio plays from playwrights across the country. Each of the 25 short audio plays corresponds with a different mural located around Flint and will be available for audience members to listen to for free on the PixelStix mobile app on their phone or device as they visit the murals from June 5 through August 31 and online at FlintRep.org. The project will also feature free outdoor community events all around the city with guided walking/trolley tours and live performances.

Events planned include:
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 12:00pm – Downtown Neighborhood Event (Blackstone’s Alley, Downtown)
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 12:00pm – Carriage Town Neighborhood Event (Flint Hard Cider Company, Carriage Town)
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 12:00pm – North Side Neighborhood Event (MLK Mural, North Side)
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 12:00pm – East Side Neighborhood Event (Latinx Center, East Side) 
The series features new audio plays from Mando Alvarado (Post No Bills), Hunter Bell (Title of Show) & Ebony Vines, Kyle Clark, singer-songwriter “Danielle Ate The Sandwich,” Destiny Dunn, Rebecca Gilman (Spinning Into Butter), Derek Gregor & Selda Sahin (GRIND), Lauren Gunderson (I and You), Harvey, Kenn Hopkins Jr., Greg Kotis (Urinetown), Jenni Lamb, Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, Light in the Piazza), Douglas Lyons (Chicken and Biscuits), Leah Maddrie, Alex Moggridge (The Boatman), Eliana Pipes, Emilio Rodriguez, Nandita Shenoy (Washer/Dryer), Harrison David Rivers (Broadbend, Arkansas), Josh Wilder (Wrong River,) as well as University of Michigan Flint student playwrights Taylor Boes, David Guster, Olivia Maxwell-Cook, Andrea Orpinel, and Enrique Vargas.

Flint Rep Outside will also present Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World” (July 23-25), performed on the roof of Flint Repertory Theatre.
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