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Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013 : 11:01 a.m.

Redbud Productions to present 'A Small Fire' at KCH

By Jenn McKee


Cassie Mann stars in Redbud's production of Adam Bock's play, "A Small Fire."

Photo provided by Redbud Productions

Redbud Productions - a community theater troupe composed of Redbud acting teachers and students - will present Adam Bock's Off-Broadway play, "A Small Fire," at Ann Arbor's Kerrytown Concert House at 8 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, May 30-June 1. Tickets cost $20 ($15 for students/seniors); for reservations, call 734-769-2999 or visit

More details about the show are contained in Redbud's press release:

Do not miss the Midwest premiere of this acclaimed family drama by the author of "The Receptionist." The New York Times raved that "A Small Fire" is “about the complex, ever-evolving nature of enduring relationships … funny and unexpectedly touching"; and Variety praised the play as an “unforgettable banquet.”

Emily Bridges (Cassie Mann) loves her job as the owner of a high profile construction firm. She is confident, assured and runs a tight and successful organization. She is successfully married to an HR manager (Tim Grimes) and her daughter (Dana Denha) is about to be wed.

But, as she describes to her close employee (Brad Sharp), she does not approve of her daughter’s fiance, is extremely uneasy at home, and is determined to stop her daughter’s wedding!

When something shocking and unexpected happens, however, Emily is called to re-examine what she cherishes most - and her family and friends must also closely reexamine their relationship to her. The result is, according to New York 1, “a play about … love (both parental and marital), health and friendship … beautifully conceived.”

Playwright Adam Bock’s plays include "The Receptionist" (Outer Critics Nomination); "The Thugs" (OBIE Award); "Swimming in the Shallows" (3 BATCC Awards, Clauder Award); "Five Flights" (Glickman Award); "The Typographer’s Dream"; "Three Guys and a Brenda" (Heideman Award); "The Shaker Chair"; and "The Drunken City."

Several cast members in this production are current Redbud students. Director Loretta Grimes trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and has been teaching acting to area youth and adults for years, based on the methods of Sanford Meisner. She most recently directed "Proof" and "One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest" and has also won acclaim for her performances in Redbud Productions’ "August: Osage County," "Rabbit Hole" and as Vivian Bearing, the cancer patient in "Wit." She has directed and performed in many other Redbud plays and has won several awards from The Ann Arbor News and Current Entertainment Monthly for her efforts as both actress and director.

Redbud Productions, named 2011’s Best Stage Production Group by readers, was created by Tim & Loretta Grimes. For fourteen years, Redbud Productions has offered acting classes for both adults and teens based on the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, and has presented several productions and staged readings each year.

"A Small Fire" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Kerrytown Concert House is located at 415 North Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor. For more information on this performance, contact the concert house by calling 734-769-2999. For information on other upcoming Redbud Productions activities, including the September 2013 Meisner acting classes, call Redbud at 734-663-7167 or visit us online at

Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.