A family tackles grief, forgiveness and pain with a healthy dose of humor when Matrix Theatre Company presents the Michigan premiere of Reap the Grove. Performances of the work Caity-Shea Violette are Feb. 1-24 at Matrix Theatre in Detroit.
Reap The Grove is a poignant and darkly funny exploration of partnership, transgenerational trauma, and the anticipated grief of death with dignity. In the play, an estranged family reunites for their mother’s final days before she ends her life on her own terms following a terminal diagnosis. Beyond returning to their toxic childhood home, both daughters are in personal moments of transformation, one passionately committed to saving the planet even if she can’t save her marriage, the other having only recently found success in substance abuse treatment and arriving at the door six months pregnant.
Matrix Theatre Company is located at 2730 Bagley Avenue in the heart of Mexicantown. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students, seniors, veterans, and active military personnel, and may be purchased in advance or, if available, at the door. Group rates are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.matrixtheatre.org or call (313) 967-0599.
About Matrix Theatre Company
In its 28th season as a non-profit, community-based theatre, the award-winning Matrix Theatre Company is located in southwest Detroit and uses the transformative power of theatre to change lives, build community, and foster social justice. Go to matrixtheatre.org for further information. Matrix Theatre Company’s Mainstage Season is funded in part by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Kresge Foundation, and The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Foundation.
From left to right in the photo above: Kelly Rose Voigt as Judith, JM Ethridge as Nan, Amy Morrisey as Sandra, and Annabelle Young as Beckah in the Michigan premiere of Reap the Grove by Caity-Shea Violette at Matrix Theatre Company. The image is from a photograph by Megan Buckley-Ball.