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Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 : 4:40 a.m.

Penny Seats preparing to reveal 'What Corbin Knew' at Performance Network

By Staff

When Performance Network Theatre decided to engage in two co-productions for their 30th Anniversary season, a unique opportunity arose to revive their second stage (affectionately termed “The Mosh Pit”) offerings. For with “God of Carnage” and the upcoming “Dead Man’s Shoes” being rehearsed off-site, PNT’s black box rehearsal hall was wide open for use by a neighboring company, The Penny Seats, and the first show of their second season, Jeffrey Hatcher’s “What Corbin Knew.” Performances will begin Feb 28 and run through March 14 at PNT.

“I was thrilled,” said Penny Seats president Lauren London in a press release. “PNT is essentially acting as an incubator for our company this winter. They have loaned us space, props, set, and costume pieces, have treated us like family, and have defrayed many of the expenses we would typically pay for this show. We couldn’t ask for a greater mentor, or more substantial help as we grow.”

“What Corbin Knew,” is a twisty tale by the well-known playwright of “A Picasso,” and “Tuesdays with Morrie.” A contractor has been granted a private luxury skybox in a new arena, perfect for taking in rock concerts and sporting events. Unfortunately, when the lonely Corbin invites two couples to share in his good fortune, their meeting sets off a dangerous - yet often hilarious - chain of clashes. A shocking, tragic turn prompts Corbin to wonder what went on behind his back; given a new perspective on the story, we soon realize that his so-called friends are more desperate, absurd, and twisted than he had ever imagined. Featuring Matt Cameron, Rebecca Hardin, Melynee Saunders Warren, Roy Sexton, and Russ Schwartz.

Director Jacqui Robbins, who also directed “Goodnight, Desdemona” for The Penny Seats last summer, thinks “Corbin” is a perfect fit, for the space and the company. She said in a press release, “‘What Corbin Knew’ is a theatrical wild ride; it’s fast-paced and farcical, with a clever structure that’s full of surprises. But it also challenges our assumptions about people and stereotypes and what we think we know. The Mosh Pit is so fabulously intimate; we’re hoping audiences will feel like they are right in the skybox with the characters.”

The show will run at 7 p.m. on February 28 and 29, and March 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Ticket are priced at just $10 and are available for purchase at, 734-663-0681, or 120 E. Huron St. For more information about the show, visit