Overbrook Theater

The Center for Theater

The Center, which operates within the Arts and Humanities Department, provides theater classes for MCC students as well as a diversified schedule of performances. These include a season of plays produced by the College, an annual concert by the Overbrook Dance Theater, and touring productions of various kinds.

“Boiling Point! Water, Politics and Power” on Nov. 29-Dec. 2

Cast of MCC's Boiling Point!A living newspaper production, “Boiling Point! Water, Politics, and Power,” will be presented nightly at 7:30 p.m. on the Overbrook Theater stage from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 27, at the Overbrook Theater Box Office on the MCC campus. Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for MCC students, staff, and faculty. To reserve tickets, call (231) 777-0324.

Tapping into the 2017 Muskegon Arts and Humanities Festival theme of “Water,” the show uses humor parody and pathos to address related topics ripped from today’s headlines:

  • Do living beings have a right to fresh water?
  • Should the Great Lakes be diverted into plastic bottles for sale?
  • What is the actual cost of bottled water in terms of production and waste and why should we pay for it?
  • What are the impacts of global warming, fertilizer run-off, greenhouse gasses, and storm drain/automotive run-off on our fresh water supply?

“There have been plenty of articles over the last few years documenting both water diversion and the Flint crisis,” noted MCC Theater Instructor Tom Harryman, who directs and leads the production. “The political action in the state has varied from courageous whistle-blowers speaking up to politicians spending public dollars to defend their disastrous decisions.”

In “Boiling Point!” the production team and ensemble, along with outside writers and specialists, examine the many questions about water. They then borrow styles from The Daily Show, Brecht, musical theatre, improvisation, and other presentations styles to create a type of “Living Newspaper” production.

Assisting in the creation of “Boiling Point!” are MCC Physical Geography instructor Diana Casey, MCC Theater Instructor Kirk Carlson, MCC Student Director Molly Veenstra, and MCC student actors Lexi Anderson, Cece Gorman, DeShay Holmes, Isaac Hunter, Alexx Lohman, Ashley Poling, Joshua Powles, Madisen Schuppe, and Brody Yarian. Technical assistance for the production is given by Sheila Wahamaki, Jim Allen, and Susan Eyler.

 

2017-2018 Calendar of Events

METAMORPHOSES
Based on the Myths of Ovid
Written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman
October 18-22, 2017

 

 

I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY
By Celeste Raspanti
With the Center for Holocaust and Gender Studies – Muskegon
November 4, 2017

BOILING POINT: Water, Politics and Power
By the Overbrook Players
Ripped from the headlines
November 29-December 2, 2017

THE DIVINERS
By Jim Leonard, Jr.
February 14-18, 2018

OVERBOOK DANCE THEATER IN CONCERT XXIX
April 13-14, 2018

STUDIO ON STAGE
April 26, 2018

For more information or tickets, call (231) 777-0324

View the Arts and Humanities Fall 2017 Schedule