A New Music Comedy

February 11th at 7:30pm and February 12th at 2pm

Venue: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery, Northampton MA, 126 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Tickets: Sliding scale $10-$25 and can be purchased at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.  

Contact: Mollye Maxner 

 A.P.E. and Serious Play Theatre Ensemble invite you to come see a work-in-progress showing of PLANT, a new two-person musical where the actors play each character at the exact same time. PLANT is being developed as part of the LAB at A.P.E., a 10-month long residency and mentorship program for emerging theater makers.    

From the creators of PLANT: It is a dark and twisted tale of a young boy who has lost contact with his mother and is forced to live underground, abandoning the regime of his authoritarian father. While trying to follow his mother’s footsteps into conscious oblivion, he finds solace in his new stepsister. While unraveling the mystery of his parents’ past, the boy must master a forgotten magic to share with the world in order to save it.

Isabelle Bushue is a Chinese-American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. Performance credits include American Players Theater, Children’s Theater of Madison, Western Washington University and Fairhaven Summer Repertory. Isabelle is vocalist and co-lyricist in the band Pennies for Breakfast. Isabelle has acted in award winning short films and was nominated twice for her performance in Caprice. As a singer-songwriter, Isabelle has composed music for productions in Seattle and NY and has released two EPs of her music on SoundCloud.  

Jackson Pelz comes from a family of musicians in the mountains of North Carolina, spending the majority of his middle and high school years either rehearsing and playing gigs with rock bands in the area or acting in shows at the Flat Rock Playhouse. Beginning to learn guitar when he was ten, he learned bits here and there from his dad and uncles up until he became his own teacher when he went off to college for theater. Jackson’s interests span theater, songwriting, philosophy, and evolutionary biology. He is a member of the improvisational band Pennies for Breakfast. He is now living in New York City. 

The LAB at A.P.E. is a program for artists of all disciplines in different phases of their making processes. This year, a collaboration between A.P.E. and Serious Play Theatre Ensemble, the LAB has focused on emerging theater makers. Additional 2022-23 LAB artists are Marcia Gomes (Amherst), Kandra Dunan Herman-Parks (Burlington) who will both be in residence at A.P.E. in mid-February and Marina Zurita (NYC/Brazil) in residence at A.P.E in April. 

Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. (A.P.E.) exists to support contemporary artists working in all disciplines, by preserving and supporting the spaces in which they create, perform and exhibit their work.; 413.586.5553 

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble works toward reshaping society’s conversations around prominent social issues through the art of ensemble theatre. We are committed to collaborating with artists who create new performance work that attracts audiences back to the power of the live moment.

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