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BoxFest Detroit 2016


BoxFest Detroit returns to Planet Ant this August 19 - 27. This annual theatre festival features thirteen new works directed by all women directors and is not to been missed. Check out the full schedule below.

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BoxFest Detroit 2016


BoxFest Detroit returns to Planet Ant this August 19 - 27. This annual theatre festival features thirteen new works directed by all women directors and is not to been missed. Check out the full schedule below.

Boxfest Detroit 2016

Fridays & Saturdays, August 19 - 27

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for a day pass and $30 for a festival pass. See full schedule below.

BoxFest Detroit is an organization that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors. BFD produces festivals that allow women directors the opportunities to direct original shows of their choice and win awards to help further their careers in directing. Proceeds from each festival are given to one or more directors as a scholarship to help further her career. The winning director of the audience vote competition is given the opportunity to direct a show with Planet Ant Theatre’s Late Night Series.

BoxFest Detroit has served and continues to function as a springboard for many women and their directing careers. Directors who have participated in past festivals have gone on to pursue graduate studies at highly competitive universities, become directors at professional theatres, and form their own successful theatre and production companies. BoxFest Detroit’s importance within Michigan’s theatre community was validated when Between The Lines honored the festival with the Critic’s Choice Award at the 2008 Wilde Awards.

Box 1:
Purging by Ann Marley, directed by Michelle Resnick
Mary and Magda by Abbey Fenbert, directed by Emily Harpe
american kids by Emily Kaczmarek, directed by Terie Spencer

Box 2:
Insert Token by Greg Burdick, directed by Mycah Leigh Artis
A Play of Disbelief by J.J. Steinfeld, directed by Yolanda Fleischer
The Booth Chronicles by Jonathan Davidson and Frannie Shepherd-Bates, directed by Frannie Shepherd-Bates

Box 3:
The Gentleman’s Pact by Karen JP Howes, directed by Wendy Katz Hiller
Gel Us by Paige Zubel, directed by Jennifer Ward

Box 4:
Riot Grrl 90 by Dyan Bailey, directed by Dyan Bailey
Cassiopeia by Christian Simonsen, directed by Andaiye Spencer

Box 5:
Cushie by M.D. Tylicki, directed by Shannon Hurst
Chinese or Pizza by Todd Weston, directed by Megan Wright
Strange Fruit Redux by Afrika Brown, directed by RoNeesha Jackson

Friday, August 26:
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Box 5
9pm: Box 3

Saturday, August 27:
3pm: Box 5
4pm: Box 2
5pm: Box 1
7pm: Cocktail hour
8pm: Box 4
9pm: Box 2
10pm: Awards Ceremony

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Help Us Finish Planet Ant Hall


We're building a brand new theatre space and we can use your help getting to the finish line.

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Help Us Finish Planet Ant Hall


We're building a brand new theatre space and we can use your help getting to the finish line.

Friends of the Ant,

We need your help! You know Planet Ant Theatre as a black box performance venue in Hamtramck, Michigan that has been committed to providing opportunities for Detroit-based writers, directors, and performers since its creation in 1996, but did you know we're expanding? We recently purchased the hall across the street from our current location with the intent of building a brand new venue for our community's artists. It's coming along great, but we could really use your help to push all the way to the finish line.

Your contribution will not only help us provide our community a awesome new cultural landmark, but they'll also earn you a bunch of great perks. Visit our IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign for the full story and to see how you can help. 

XOXO,

PLANET ANT

Our growing list of contributors that deserve a high five from us:

Jaclynn Cherry, Amber Hunt, Alex Macksound, Adrianne Johnston, Heather Crafft, Josh Hamilton, Andy Gaitens, Matthew Flickinger, Edward S. Wolyniec, Tara Rase, Debora Bunnell, Kristin Bianchi, Adam Berbstreit, Jason DeSousa, Adam Bacigal, Bob Hahn, Matthew Penrdige, Leah Bullsmith, Kathy McGettigan, Amanda Jaber, Corene Ford, Jacylnn Cherry, Doris Neal Van Tiem, Doris & Vincent T. Van Tiem, Sara Constantakis, Aaron Johnstone, Jason Zacharias, Hugh Maguire, David Lentz, Joe Krause, Carl Evans, Rebecca Jacokes, Doug Elenbaas, Sue Durso, Constance G. Cowper, Robyn & Rusty Mewha, Stacy Paalanen, Gary Boyers, Sandra Sumerton, Maribeth Monroe, Jerome Jankiewicz, Avery & Paco, John Anderson, Nate Hudson, Scott Icenogle, Audra Jantz, Thomas Macias, Adam Barnowski, Jillian Clements, Kathryn Schumacher, Delaine Miller, Kim Andrews, JM Ethridge, Paul Was, Annie Derbabian, Cari Sue Murphy, Albin Jalynski, Kathryn Rogers, Donald Hoenig, Catherine Roach, Mark Whitehaed, Sara and James McAninch, Pat Caporuscio, Caitlyn Shea, Laura Thompson Cerrito, Jaime Moyer, Sandra & Fred Sumerton, Pj Jacokes, Brooke Ellis, Julia R Garlotte, Nuverre Naami, Nicole Pascaretta, William Curry, Moni Jones, Dylan Wolff, Tom Schultz, Adrienne Looper, Rebecca Concepcion, Steve Branstrom, Katy Kujala, Thomas Hoagland, Sheevani Ignasinski, Hannah Taubitz, Cameron Hahn, Collab Feature, JR, Michael Carnow, Sunil Sawani, Phil Ranta. Charles McGraw, Mark and Tina Gloss-Finnell, Steve Forbes, Michelle Peet, Nate DuFort, Daniel Roth, Lisa and Buddha, Shannon Moon, Alisa Barlage, Sarah Smisek, Tim, Adam Ston, Richard Hyska, Ellie Warner, Jen Hansen, Charles Matt, Elaine Kaiser, Luke Legere, George & Laurie Bournias, Lauren Montgomery, Annette Madias, Ruth & Chris Hiner, Sara Cinnamon, Bob Wittersheim, Chrissy Morgan, RJ Brown, Linda Richie, Travis Pelto, Dan Zemke, Jeffrey Pearce, Mary Conley, Rachel Webster, Kevin A. Johnson, Maggie Durant and Steve Oliver, Jeanette Pierce, Eddie Fritz, Kelly Rossi, Amy Probst, Kelly Ann, Dale Dobson, John Dropchuk, Amy Kelly, Jennifer Salander, Ruth Reid, Julie and Tim Reid, Richard Payton, Scott Fab, Julia Schroeder, Tim Krzyczkowski, Kyle Merandi, Jason Petterson, John Hovitch, Hugh Maguire, JR, Allen Smock, Frannie Shepherd-Bates, Tim Weeks, Jaime Moyer, Sean Slyman, William Zakolski, Tim Campos, Mary Beth Kolbicz, Katy Monthei, Brian Balicki, Connie Sumerton Shelton, Marcia Hudson, Margaret Edwartowski, Michael Smith, Marcy Donelson, and Graham Leslie.

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Improv Mondays


"We have never laughed harder or more consistently than at Improv Mondays at Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck. Nothing, not a film, television show, play, podcast, book, stand-up comedy show, has been funnier." – Metro Times Detroit

Info & Schedule

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Improv Mondays


"We have never laughed harder or more consistently than at Improv Mondays at Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck. Nothing, not a film, television show, play, podcast, book, stand-up comedy show, has been funnier." – Metro Times Detroit

Info & Schedule

The Ant Jam

Every Monday Night at 10pm | Free


We love giving aspiring performers a chance at some stage time. You can get your free opportunity each week following the Home Team set.

The Ant Jam is a safe and inviting environment open to performers of all skill levels, so even if you have never improvised before, you can feel comfortable playing in our Jam. Interested participants just need to put their name into the Jam Jar for a chance to play some improv games and do some long-form.

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Really Really


Paul Downs Colaizzo's Really Really comes to Planet Ant this September 9 - October 1. Tickets and reservations available below. 

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Really Really


Paul Downs Colaizzo's Really Really comes to Planet Ant this September 9 - October 1. Tickets and reservations available below. 

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Really Really

September 9 – October 1
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday matinees October 18 & 25, 2pm

Tickets – $21.00*

Purchase below or submit a reservation here.

Paul Downs Colaizzo's Really Really is a startlingly funny play about a group of Generation Me college students in the aftermath of a wild campus party. When morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, self-interest collides with the truth and the resulting storm of ambiguity makes it hard to discern just who's a victim, who's a predator, and who's a Future Leader of America. All that's certain is when the veneer of loyalty and friendship is stripped back, what's revealed is a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive. 

Written by Paul Downs Colaizzo

Directed by Brandy Joe Plambeck

Featuring Meredith Deighton, Kaitlyn Valor Bourque, Brenton Herwat, Michael Lopetrone, Lisa Melinn, Andy Reid and Jeffrey James Smyk

*Price includes an online processing fee. Tickets are non-refundable.

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Saturday Night Improv


Get your weekend comedy fix at Planet Ant every Saturday night at 10pm.

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Saturday Night Improv


Get your weekend comedy fix at Planet Ant every Saturday night at 10pm.

Saturday Night Improv returns on September 3rd!

Doors at 10:00pm, show at 10:30pm

$5.50*

Each Saturday night improv show features two of metro Detroit's funniest improv teams, plus an open improv jam. If you love Improv Mondays, then you have to check out this show.

Upcoming Guest Teams:

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Planet Ant Training Center


Are you ready to add a much needed dose of fun into your life? Our next round of improv classes starts on Tuesday, July 26th and registration is open now!

Full Class Schedule

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Planet Ant Training Center


Are you ready to add a much needed dose of fun into your life? Our next round of improv classes starts on Tuesday, July 26th and registration is open now!

Full Class Schedule

Our next free beginner's workshop is September 10, 12pm–1:30pm.

Thinking about signing up for one of our Training Center classes, but not quite sure what you're in for? Take one of our Get A Taste Workshop to sample the fun and excitement you'll experience in our Intro Program. 

We'll tell you a little about our program, as well as play a bunch of fun games and exercises geared towards beginners who want to discover just how much fun improv can be. No Experience Necessary.