planet ant Theatre Season
September 2018 — August 2019
In honor of Planet Ant’s 25-year-history and with hopeful eyes toward a bright future, the upcoming theatrical season at Planet Ant is the company’s most ambitious one, yet: 25 productions for the 25th year. This aggressive schedule triples the number of performances the Black Box normally produces in a single season, and thus, triples the number of opportunities for local artists to create and showcase their talents.
Planet Ant is proud to provide a sanctuary for the artistic expression of hundreds of established and emerging Michigan artists. Throughout Planet Ant's 25 years in Hamtramck, the non-profit has evolved into an epicenter for the arts in Southeast Michigan. Today, it spans four venues, offering a vast array of entertainment spanning all genres and mediums:
Planet Ant Black Box — original flagship space on the now resurgent Caniff Street; intimate theater/performance space. Recent productions include BoxFest Detroit (one-act play festival); Speak Up, Speak Out (spoken-word cabaret from The DATC); Detroit Women of Comedy Festival; Appropriate (three-act drama); Tonight vs. Everybody (stand-up showcase); Planet Ant’s weekly Monday Night Improv show w/ the Planet Ant Home Team.
Planet Ant Hall — across the street from the Black Box; hosts large-scale performances and special events. Recent productions include weekend tour of Shark Tank: the Musical from Annoyance Theatre (Chicago); the Daedalus 2 Mission (live rock opera); Detroit Women of Comedy Festival; Yes Weed Can (Planet Ant original musical); Detroit School of Burlesque Showcase; Girls Rock Detroit Showcase.
Ghost Light Bar — adjacent to the Ant Hall; offers live music of all genres & styles, stand-up & improv comedy, karaoke, spoken-word & songwriter open-mics.
Planet Ant Studio — evolving behind-the-scenes space, where the non-profit just launched a new podcast network and anticipates producing significantly more video web content.
For the last quarter of a century, Planet Ant's mission has been to cultivate and spotlight local artists, creating opportunities for metro Detroit’s creative community to hone, develop, and showcase their talents in an open, inclusive environment. Dedicated to providing professional opportunities to active members of the creative community, the company’s theatrical season prioritizes highlighting local writers, actors, and directors.