Shakespeare Festival to present ‘Bug’ in Marquette

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival and Wolfs Head Theatre Company will present “Bug” by Tracy Letts at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette. Performances are set for Sunday; Tuesday; Sunday, July 29; Wednesday, Aug. 1; and Sunday, Aug. 5. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

A world-weary waitress and an eccentric Gulf War veteran meet in a dingy motel room. Together they confront loneliness, loss, her violent ex-con ex-husband, his murky military past, UFOs, secret government conspiracies and a possible infestation of blood-sucking aphids.

Experience this pitch-black comedy in an intimate staging at the Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring St. in Marquette.

Letts is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright based in Chicago. Other works include “August Osage County,” “Killer Joe” and “Superior Donuts.”

The production is directed by Jamie Weeder. Cast includes Jessica “Red” Bays as Agnes, Alastar Dimitrie as Peter, Monica Kester Nordeen as RC, Christopher Scott Leith as Goss, Monet Chartier as Dr. Sweet and Anthony Reynolds as Pizza Harris. Design is by Reynolds, Rob Shirlin, Alexandra Kralova and Leith; sound/music is by Roscoe Schieler; violence by Rob Shirlin; and stage management by Melissa Neal.

This play contains graphic language, disturbing situations, simulated drug use and violence.

Tickets are now on sale to the public at www.upshakes.org/whats-on/. Space is limited, so the public is encouraged to purchase tickets soon.

For information, go to www.upshakes.org, email jamieweeder@gmail.com or call 906-869-1456.

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