By Scott Arkovitz
Collegiate Staff Writer
The world premiere of the play, “Rust” to be performed starting Thursday September 29th at Spectrum Theater, “explores what happens when automotive plants close.” Says playwright Austin Bunn.
Bunn said the production gives the audience a closer look at “life in a time when the American Dream is a squiggly line. The story follows a young academic researching economic pressures and erosion in families after workers lost their automotive factory jobs in the Michigan area,” Bunn said. “It is a new genre called a documentary play.”
“I like to think of it as presentational theatre. I don’t want the audience to feel so much as I want them to think.” Bunn said. “We even break the fourth wall and speak to the audience.”
“Surprisingly not a lot of people in Michigan actually know what happens when a GM plant closes,” Bunn said. “They know how it affects them personally, but they do not really know what happens.”
The performance is set for September 29 through October 1, and October 6 through October 8. Curtain time is at 8:00 pm. Tickets for adults are $24 for the mezzanine and $26 for Orchestra seating, students and seniors are $20 mezzanine and $22 orchestra. 45 minutes prior students can get tickets for $10 with valid student ID.
“Through a grant called the National Performance Network, the production is set to travel to the Acorn Theatre in Three Oaks, as well as a tour in Iowa,” Bunn said. “Rust” is an experience you will not want to miss.”