Closing the Studio Theatre season: Night Scales, A Fable for Klara K


Join The Studio Theatre in welcoming the United States premiere of Chris Tysh’s Night Scales, A Fable for Klara K. Playing April 22 – May 1 at The Studio Theatre, the play will mark the original cast production before the piece’s  publication by United Artists, New York this year.

Focused on the European events of World War II, this poetic play tracks its heroine, Klara, as she goes through the war-torn terrain of Eastern Europe, destruction and war at her back. This choral text unleashes a unique voice which encompasses both story and song.

Samantha Moltmaker as Klara K, Image Janine M. Pixley

Pulling inspiration for the staging from films like Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour, and the work of artists like Arman, Director Aku Kadogo spins a tale of war-torn Europe that seeks to take the audience through a mine field of memory and fantasy with the help of multimedia projections, film and sound designed by Patrick Field, coordinated by Alexander Henderson Trice.

Night Scales is written by Wayne State University (WSU) English Department faculty member, Chris Tysh. Awarded the WSU Josephine Nevins Keal Fellowship in 2008-2009 for her work on Night Scales, she was born and raised in Paris, where she studied American Literature at the Sorbonne. Tysh’s books include Secrets of Elegance, Pornē, Coat of Arms, In the Name, Continuity Girl and her latest, Cleavage. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2003. Tysh has also written a full-length screenplay, based on a novel of Georges Bataille. She has given numerous readings in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boulder, San Diego, Paris and Prague, among others.

The cast of Night Scales includes Megan Blaschak, (Cast/Farmington, MI),

Author Chris Tysh

Indigo Colbert, (Cast/Detroit, MI),  Mackenzi Conn, (Cast/Walled Lake, MI),  John Denyer, (Cast/Detroit, MI),  Robert Dwight, (Cast/Detroit, MI),  Joe Hamid, (Cast/Detroit, MI),  Erin Hildebrandt, (Cast/Walled Lake, MI),  Kyle Holton, (Cast/Beverly Hills, MI),  Derrell Jones, (Cast/Detroit, MI),  Samantha Moltmaker, (Cast/ Harrison Twp., MI),  Caitlin Morrison, (Cast/Romeo, MI),  Tiaris Patrick, (Cast/Detroit, MI),  Alyssa Scalvini, (Cast/Grosse Pointe Woods, MI),  Alex Schott (Cast/White Lake, MI),  and Brian Yacoo, (Cast/Detroit, MI).

Night Scales is directed by Wayne State University faculty member Aku Kadogo. The creative team includes Adam Crinson (Sterling Heights, MI), as Set Designer, Patrick Field (Ann Arbor, MI), as Lighting Designer, Fred Florkowski as Technical Director, Madeline Lindsey Greenwalt (Rochester, MI) as Costume Designer, Stephanie Kramer (Lapeer, MI) as Stage Manager, Katy O’Brien (St. Clair, MI) as Property Master, Janine Pixley (Newtown, CT) as Publicist and Alexander Henderson Trice as Projections Coordinator (Chippington North, United Kingdom).

Night Scales plays at The Studio Theatre April 22 – 24 and April 29 – May 1, 2010. The Studio Theatre is located downstairs at the Hilberry Theatre at 4743 Cass Ave. in Detroit. Ticket prices range from $10-$12. Discounts available.

For tickets and more information please call (313) 577-2972, log on to or visit the Wayne State University box office at 4743 Cass on the corner of Cass and Hancock.

Night Scales performance breakdown:

April 22 at 8 p.m.

April 23 at 8 p.m.

April 24 at 8 p.m.

April 29 at 8 p.m.

April 30 at 8 p.m.

May 1 at 8 p.m.


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