BY BTL STAFF
DETROIT – Matrix Theatre Company in Detroit has opened its doors to a production highlighting the complexities of gender expression and how New York parents will raise “a precocious 4-year-old” who doesn’t fit the binary model for childhood and is facing significant changes after being admitted to one of Manhattan’s top kindergartens.
“A Kid Like Jake” focuses on the growth of Jake’s parents Alex and Greg, as Jake navigates the beginning of personal exploration and identity. Jake’s behavior becomes more erratic following an incident where his affection for the famous fairytale princess Cinderella and playing dress-up is scrutinized. Consequences follows as Jake’s parents attempt to do right by their son. The play will examine the complexities of parenthood and challenges assumptions about gender, privilege, class and what it means to be “normal.”
“A Kid Like Jake” will run 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 11. The play is directed by David Wolber with Kate Foster as assistant director. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Contact Molly McMahon, communications coordinator for Matrix Theatre, to schedule a group event or to request more information.
Matrix Theatre was founded in 1991 and is committed to the creation and production of original plays and the experimental education in play writing, performance and puppetry for people of all ages.