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Wanna Be The Next Theater Sensation? Visit The Ringwald

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FERNDALE (CBS Detroit) Not creatively fulfilled at your day job? Ready to throw your hat in the ring to become the “next big thing” in the local theater world?

You’re in luck, because one of metro Detroit’s most attention-grabbing theater companies is looking for a few good men and women interested in becoming a director.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, the Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale is hosting an informational meeting for anyone who is interested in directing a short play as part of this year’s Gay Play Series. This year’s GPS will take place in mid-June, with exact dates and details to be announced soon.

Planning is well under way for the Ringwald’s third annual event, which has an unprecedented number of play submissions from local writers — 175 entries.

“We are winnowing down scripts for production. And with the selection of scripts comes a need for directors,” the theater said in a press release.

Scripts will be available at the meeting and all questions will be addressed.

The plays produced at GPS will be rated by the audience and the favorite play will be given a full run during The Ringwald Theatre’s 2012/2013 season.

So, what is the Gay Play Series? It started in 2010 with five plays produced from a pool of 17 entries. The winning script the first year was “My Dull Friend” by Margaret Edwartowski, directed by Gary Lehman. Forty-four scripts were received in 2011 and of those submitted, nine were produced.

The second winning script was “A Few Survivors” by Jason Sebacher, directed by Harry Wetzel. GPS also features the popular Motown Miscast Cabaret and other GLBT programming.

The Ringwald has made in name in the local theater scene with an array of fun, zany productions since opening their doors in May of 2007 with “Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy.”

Other past productions include: “Southern Baptist Sissies,” “Some Men, Sordid Lives!” “It’s a Drag,” “Mercury Fur,” “The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode,” “The Bad Seed,” “The Book of Liz,” “Rent,” and “Thank You for Being a Friend.”

Who Wants Cake? was named 2009 and 2012 Best Theatrical Troupe by Real Detroit and Best Place to See Local Theatre in 2009 and 2010 by the readers of Metro Times.

Check EncoreMichigan for tickets, reviews and showtimes for the Ringwald and every other metro Detroit theater.

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