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Posted on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 12:55 p.m.

The New Theatre Project to disband following production of 'Pookie Goes Grenading'

By Jenn McKee


The New Theatre Project Ensemble will present JC Lee's "Pookie Goes Grenading" as the company's last show - for now.

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The New Theatre Project, an Ypsilanti-based theater company that formed three years ago, has announced that following its upcoming production of JC Lee's "Pookie Goes Grenading," it will indefinitely disband.

The company has distinguished itself in the local theater community as a cutting-edge company that produced new material, as well as experimental, collaborative, original versions of classic texts.

Here's TNTP's full press release:

All good things must come to an end and everything that was once new starts to grow. It is with great excitement that The New Theatre Project announces they’ll be moving on after one last production. “I don’t view this as a bad thing but an opportunity to keep exploring unknown territories in new places,” says artistic director Keith Paul Medelis. “Perhaps we’ll be back with something new in the future. For now, this is the end. And I can’t thank our supporters enough for what we have accomplished.” The New Theatre Project announces a change to the previously planned lineup, and will instead go out with a bang. TNTP will produce the Michigan premiere of the hilarious "Pookie Goes Grenading" by JC Lee in a limited engagement run from April 18-28, Thursdays-Sundays at 8 p.m. (featuring one pay-what-you-can preview on April 18). The cast will be entirely made up of members of the Ensemble and actors of former shows who have helped to make TNTP a success over the last three seasons. Additionally, Pookie will feature special cameo performances from artists who have spent time with the company over the last three years. Pookie and her teenage gang of high school misfits are determined to make their movie a reality - even if it takes blowing up police stations, burning down their auditorium and kidnapping their guidance counselor to make it happen. Once they become the center of a national terrorist manhunt, there’s no telling how far they’ll go in the name of art. "Pookie Goes Grenading" will be directed by associate artistic director Emilie C. Samuelsen and will feature Ensemble members Luna Alexander, Chris Jakob, and Emily Roll. Additional cast members include Dan Johnson and Artun Kircali. "Pookie" will feature designs by Keith Paul Medelis and a sound design by Eben Mannes. JC Lee is a NNPN Playwright in Residence at the Marin Theatre Company and a recent writing fellow at The Playwrights Realm. His plays have been seen/staged/developed throughout the United States including South Coast Repertory, American Conservatory Theatre, The Magic Theatre, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Sleepwalkers Theatre, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Azuka Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company and many others. He’s been commissioned by South Coast Repertory and is currently in development on a television show with Temple Hill Entertainment. JC is a recent graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School. Further details are available online at All performances take place at the Mix Studio Theater, 130 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ticket prices are $15, $10 for students and industry. Tickets are available for purchase online via the Brown Paper Tickets link on TNTP’s website. TNTP no longer uses its old box office phone number, but the Mix can be reached at 734-961-8704. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Each performance will feature a nightcap of free donuts and meet and greets with the cast and former ensemble members. Join TNTP for this special event in order to for us to say goodbye and thank you for your support. In the mood to see the very last show ever? Closing night on April 28 will feature something extra special. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

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