I’m excited to announce that I have been working as the production coordinator on a second Bad & Nasty event. This one is a birthday bash for the 45th President’s birthday. We’re calling it “Patriot Acts: 71 Wishes for 45.” Huffington Post recently did a story on the events happening around the country. Check out the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/593f11cae4b014ae8c69e345

“The brainchild behind Bad and Nasty, performance artist Holly Hughes, is co-hosting ’71 Wishes For 45.’ Revelers seeking performance art, improv comedy, finger puppetry, blanket forts, and subversive books should head to Bona Sera’s Underground in Ypsyilanti, Michigan to party with Lola Von Miramar (aka Larry LaFontaine Stokes), Annie Zirkel, Margaret Parker, and emcee Patti Smith (the vamp tramp). Donations will go to Count MI Vote, an organization fighting gerrymandering.”

The curators who brought you BAD and NASTY (Not MY President’s Day) Events in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit are coming together and meeting in the middle for the next installment in the BAD and NASTY canon! We invite artists of multiple disciplines and ALL backgrounds and orientations to submit proposals for short (4-5 min) presentational works and/or roving or one-one one performances, at our Flag Day/”Birthday party” for D. Trump (“45”).

The PATRIOT ACTS, or “71 Wishes For 45” performance party will take place during the evening of Thursday, June 15th (the day after Flag Day as well, coincidentally, as Trump’s 71st birthday) at Bona Sera Underground in Ypsilanti. There will be cake and ice cream! Balloon animals! Spankings, and blowing out of 45’s candles!

Consider proposing performances that might in some way offer up your most sincere and/or most raucous wishes for 45!
Submit your proposals including a brief description and any online documentation BY MAY 15th to lightboxperformance@gmail.com.

(Notifications will be received by Memorial Day)

The evening will once again be a benefit — this time for Count My Vote, an organization dedicated to fighting gerrymandering in MI.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

The 71 Wishes for 45 team,
Heidi Haire
Patti Smith
Holly Hughes
Melanie Manos
Callie McKee
Amanda Ewing
Emilia Javanica
Stefanie Cohen

More information here.

UPDATE: Here is the link for the archived Bad/Nasty event page:  https://badandnasty.com/detroit-bad-nasty-light-box-22017/

I wanted to take a minute to share a project I have been working on. I’m a co-curator and the production manager of an evening of performance and installation this Monday, February 20th, 2017. This performance is in solidarity with BAD AND NASTY’s (aka Bad Hombres and Nasty Women) https://badandnasty.com call for art and action on President’s/Not My President’s Day. Amid an abusive climate of bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, environmental devastation and a long list of injustices, this event calls on each of us to come out of our studios to strengthen our community, engage/rage in dialogue, rupture false rhetoric, disrupt the normalizing, and be heard. Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/259197951180180/?active_tab=about

 Doors open and installation based work begins at 6:00 PM
Performances begin at 7:00 PM
$5-10 donations to benefit ACLU of Michigan
with DELICIOUS meals for purchase by Mama Nezaa of Paradise Natural Foods! https://www.facebook.com/ParadiseNaturalFoods/

We’ve gotten some really awesome press – I can’t wait for you all to see it!


Light Box is hosting an evening of performance and installation on February 20, 2017, in solidarity with BAD AND NASTY’s (aka Bad Hombres and Nasty Women) https://badandnasty.com/ call for art and action on President’s/Not My President’s Day. We are inviting artists (visual and performance), musicians, writers and provocateurs to submit work and join in an evening of hellfire and brimstone that will lift the roof right off the Box. Amid an abusive climate of bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, environmental devastation and a long list of injustices, we call on you to come out of your studios to strengthen community, engage/rage in dialogue, rupture false rhetoric, disrupt the normalizing and be heard. This process and event takes cues from Viennese Actionists, Arte Chicano, Interventionists, All-wave Feminists, Butoh, Punk, Rap, South Park, Cyber-activists, insert your influences and muses here:__________.

We are interested in voices from ALL communities – mainstream, downstream, upstream, stream-of-consciousness: LGBTQ, POC, Disability, First Nations, Muslim, Self-Identified, White Male okay too.

Interested participants: Send a brief written proposal and/or images describing your intended offering, along with optional links to online time-based documentation to lightboxperformance@gmail.com

Notifications will be made on January 25th

• Durational installations and video installations to be shown in basement spaces at Light Box.
• Shorter performative works, 8-10 minutes maximum, and readings in main space from 6 – 9 pm, Feb. 20th.

Light Box, located at 8641 Linwood Street in Detroit, has an accessible main performing space 1500sq.ft total — about 1300sq ft open space with sprung floor; audience or performing risers; about
75-90 chairs; PA system with a couple of mics; two video projectors; only house lighting.

Basement spaces — not ADA accessible include a large room with a former baptismal (now also a shower), a room with a former bank vault and a couple of other spaces.

Curators for this event: Amanda Grace Ewing, Emilia Javanica, Melanie Manos and Stefanie Cohen

About the national/worldwide efforts from badandnasty.com:
BAD AND NASTY (aka Bad Hombres and Nasty Women) is a loose-knit coalition of artists, activists, media makers, theater folk, web geeks, designers, performers, writers, concerned citizens, and [whatever YOU may be that is not in the list above] around the world who are tired of waking up every morning since Election Day 2016 feeling angry/scared/sad and not having anything useful to do with those emotions. We are currently planning a day (and night!) of art and action taking place around the world on FEBRUARY 20, 2017, called NOT MY PRESIDENTS’ DAY. Cool stuff will be happening at a safe and special theatre (or two or three!) near you. Check our map to find out what’s going on in your neck of the woods.

As a producer of BoxFest Detroit, I am happy to announce that the festival is returning again this year! Now the longest running theatre festival in the Detroit area, BoxFest is an annual theatre festival that showcases and creates opportunities for women directors. This year the festival runs Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons and evenings, August 19 – 27, at Planet Ant Theatre.

Planet Ant Theatre is located at 2357 Caniff, Hamtramck, MI, 48212. Admission is payable by cash only at the door with day passes for $10.

BoxFest Detroit produces festivals that allow women directors the opportunities to direct original shows of their choice and win awards to help further their careers in directing. Proceeds from each festival are given to one or more directors as a scholarship to help further her career. The winning director of the audience vote competition is given the opportunity to direct a show with Planet Ant Theatre’s Late Night Series.

Over the two weekends long festival, BoxFest Detroit 2016 presents the work of 13 local women theatre artists. Directors reshaping the box this year are Mycah Leigh Artis, Dyan Bailey, Yolanda Fleischer, Emily Harpe, Wendy Katz Hiller, Shannon Hurst, RoNeesha Jackson, Michelle Resnick, Frannie Shepherd-Bates, Andaiye Spencer, Terie Spencer, Jennifer Ward, and Megan Wright. The producing team for BoxFest Detroit 2016 includes Molly McMahon, Kelly Rossi, and Amanda Grace Ewing.

“Once again, the BoxFest Detroit festival will feature exciting new work directed by a few of Michigan’s hardest-working and dynamic theatre artists,” said Molly McMahon, Artistic Director. While some women are new to directing or are just beginning professional careers, others are established artists with decades of experience. “Whether she is directing for the first time or whether she is a seasoned professional, each of our directors bring to their work the creative spark and vision necessary for success,” continued McMahon.

“We cannot wait to see the plays that were selected brought to life this year by our talented directors and actors,” said Kelly Rossi, Executive Director. “With over 500 play submissions, the selection process was tougher than ever before, and we look forward to audiences enjoying new plays by playwrights from across the U.S. and Canada.”

BoxFest Detroit, the only theatre festival of its kind in the U.S., is an annual theatre festival that showcases the work of and provides opportunities for women directors. BoxFest Detroit has served and continues to function as a springboard for many women and their directing careers. Directors who have participated in past festivals have gone on to pursue graduate studies at highly competitive universities, become directors at professional theatres, and form their own successful theatre and production companies. For more information, visit www.boxfestdetroit.com. BoxFest Detroit 2016 is sponsored by Planet Ant Theatre.

Press Release:

That’s right, folks! We’re back and BoxFest Detroit 2015 is happening! We’re really excited to be hosted by Planet Ant Theatre, Fridays and Saturdays, August 21 – 29. This is Molly McMahon, Artistic Director, excitedly typing away the good news.

Last year we regrouped and with more resources, we’re looking forward to our 2015 festival. We’ve gotten financial support from some generous people including Jerry Belanger and Park Bar Detroit, and Kennikki Jones-Jones and Edmund Alyn Jones and their company, Dramatically Richer Productions. We are so grateful for their support and want to shout our thanks from the rooftops. If you see these folks around town, give them a hug, a high five, or just say “You’re awesome!” to them. They really deserve it.

But wait, there’s more! We’re also adding a new face to the producing team! Amanda Ewing, a fantastic director in the Detroit area and past BFD director, has joined us as a producer this year. She will be a great asset to the festival and a great resource for newer directors looking for guidance.

We’re really looking forward to returning to Planet Ant Theatre where our 2005 – 2007 festivals were held. They have always been one of our biggest supporters and allies and we are overjoyed that they are hosting us at their space in the lovely City of Hamtramck.

Right now, we’re accepting submissions from directors, playwrights, and actors. Would you like to submit for this year’s festival? Just click on the Participate tab above for more information! We’d love to have you join us this year!

Last week I was honored to be a part of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Dael Olandersmith’s visit to the University of Michigan. She performed her new one woman play, “Forever.”

The performance was incredible – Olandersmith was genuine, honest, and a powerful moment of live theatre. The performance has lingered with me for a week, and I’m sure it will stay with me for quite some time. Do yourself a favor and go see it if you ever have the opportunity to. It was amazing.

Check out a video clip of the performance and a review here.