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"…obscenely exciting…top-flight craftsmanship. Buckle up and brace yourself…" —NY Times.

"thoroughly outrageous and thoroughly entertaining play…the possibility of enemies, real and imagined, to squash has never been more theatrical." —Associated Press.

"…a wonderfully lurid new thriller…" —Star-Ledger. "

…a riveting thriller of paranoia and an instant guilty pleasure." —Hollywood Reporter.

Some HFC shows contain adult material that some may find offensive or controversial, but are meant to explore a part of theatre that is both thought provoking and challenging. If you have any questions regarding the nature of a show, please feel free to contact us at (313) 845-6478.

HFC Theatre prides itself on offering a diverse selection of arts entertainment for the residents of Michigan. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages. Therefore, patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows we offer in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets.

The play contains adult language, violence, simulated drug use and is for mature audiences only. No one under 18 admitted.

If you like David Lynch, David Cronenberg, and Quentin Tarantino movies, then this is a play you will probably enjoy. If you liked movies like Naked Lunch, Spun, Mulholland Drive, Spider, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sling Blade, The Salton Sea, Papillon, Django Unchained, Hateful Eight, and Conspiracy Theory, then this play may suit you.

There is a film version of this play that accurately reflects the play’s tone and content. The film was made in 2006 and was directed by William Fredkin and stars Michael Shannon and Ashley Judd. Please watch the film version for further information if you have questions about content.

Bug – a psychological horror story nominated for three Drama Desk Awards – is written by Tracy Letts, a Pultizer Prize-winning playwright. It is directed by Dr. George Popovich, HFC Director of Theatre and Director of the Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL). The play debuted at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, London, England on Sept. 20, 1996. Following its London run, the play made its American debut in Ithaca, NY, followed by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. in 2000.

Letts adapted Bug into a 2006 feature film directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist). Bug starred Michael Shannon (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), Emmy winner Ashley Judd (High Crimes), Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Brian O’Byrne (Million Dollar Baby) and Grammy winner Harry Connick, Jr. (P.S. I Love You).

The majority of Bug occurs in a seedy hotel room where Agnes – a lonely waitress who’s addicted to cocaine – lives. Agnes is on the run from her violent ex-husband Jerry, who was just released from prison. One night, her friend R.C. introduces Agnes to Peter, a Gulf War veteran who may or may not be AWOL.

Agnes gets involved with Peter, who is paranoid about the war in Iran, UFOs, the Oklahoma City bombing, cult suicides and the American government conducting secret experiments on soldiers. To make matters worse, there’s a hidden bug infestation in her hotel room that has both Agnes and Peter dealing with scathing welts and festering sores, which Peter believes is the result of experiments conducted on him during his stay at an army hospital.

Their fears soon escalate into the realm of paranoia, conspiracy theories and twisted psychological motives. In fact, Peter eventually draws Agnes into his paranoid delusions. From there, the play chronicles her slow descent into madness under Peter’s influence.

HFC’s production of Bug will be a participating entry in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in New York City. Founded in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the founding chairman of the Kennedy Center, the KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide and has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater throughout the United States (U.S.). Since then, the KCACTF has grown into a department, where artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment from KCACTF respondents.

In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region’s entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs. Regional festivals’ productions are judged by a panel of three judges selected by the Kennedy Center and the KCACTF national committee. These judges select 4-6 of the best and most diverse regional festival productions to be showcased in the spring at the annual non-competitive national festival at the Kennedy Center, all expenses paid.

Since its inception, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, improve their dramatic skills and receive national recognition for excellence. More than 1 million theatergoers have attended approximately 10,000 KCACTF festival productions nationwide.

Several HFC plays have been honored at the KCACTF, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Tempest, Macbeth, and Ruined.

Tickets for Bug cost $15. To purchase tickets, go to http://theatre.hfcc.edu. For questions or further information about Bug, contact George Popovich at 313-845-6478 or popovich@hfcc.edu.

Bug

Metro Times. Metro Times Staff Pick. Online. June 20, 2016.

Sometimes theater can be wildly optimistic and happy, which isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes you need a punch in the throat to really enjoy high-end art and the play Bug will do just that. Written by award-winning playwright Tracy Letts, Bug is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There are adult themes that are in the play so it may not be suitable for children under 18.

Bug Will Get Under Your Skin

Press and Guide Staff Dearborn Press and Guide June 1, 2016: p. 31

"Bug"– a psychological horror story on stage through June at Henry Ford College — promises to get under audience’s skin.

Nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, the play was written by Tracy Letts, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

Dr. George Popovich, HFC director of theater and director of the Virtual Theatricality Lab, will direct the college’s production. The play debuted at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, London, England on Sept. 20, 1996.

Bug

Sue Suchyta Downriver Times-Herald June 19, 2016, p. 13

Tracy Letts’ “Bug,” a psychological horror story, runs 8 p.m. June 16 to 18, 23 to 25, and 2 p.m. June 19 and 26 in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center on the Henry Ford College main campus, 5101 Evergreen in Dearborn.

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at theatre.hfcc.edu. The show contains violence and other adult content, and no one under 18 will be admitted.

A drug-addicted cocktail waitress, Agnes, who is hiding from her violent ex-husband, Jerry, is introduced to a paranoid veteran, Peter, by her lesbian biker friend R.C.

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Written by: Tracy Letts
Directed by: Dr. George Popovich
Thursday, Friday, Saturday June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 @ 8pm; June 19 and 26 @ 2pm. All Seats 15.00.

Cast and Crew

BUG
By Tracy Letts
Originally Produced Off-Broadway
By Scott Morfee, Amy Danis, and Mark Johannes
Produced By Special Arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service

Thursday, Friday, Saturday June 16-18, 23-25 at 8pm; June 19 and 26 at 2pm

Director: Dr. George Popovich
Scenic Designer: Gerry Dzublinski
Lighting Designer: Gerard Dzublinski
Lighting Designer: David Koltuchnik
Costume Designer: Judith Fletcher
Sound Designer: George Popovich
Stage Manager: Michael Cochran

CAST
Agnes White: Samantha Rae Kenbeek
R.C.: Caitlin Castle
Peter Evans: Zach Ross
Jerry Goss: Alan Rezzonica
Dr. Sweet: Dustin Ceihach
Pizza Harris: Michael Cochran

Setting
Now. A motel on the outskirts of Oklahoma City.
There will be a 15-minute intermission.

Act 1
Scene 1: Later that Night
Scene 2: The Following Morning
Scene 3: Later That Night

Act 2
Scene 1: A Week Later
Scene 2: Later That Night
Scene 3: A Few minutes later

Act 3
Scene 1: A Week Later
Scene 2: Later that Night
Scene 3: A Few Minutes Later

Social Science, Arts and Fitness Division
Associate Dean: Cynthia Stiller
Academic Coordinators: Carol Sloan, Randall Knight
Administrative Assistants: Tom Berryman, Linda Prisza
Director of Theatre: Dr. George Popovich

Artistic Staff
Director: Dr. George Popovich
Scenic Designer: Gerry Dzublinski
Lighting Designer: David Koltunchik
Costume Designer: Judith Fletcher
Sound Designer: Dr. George Popovich
Properties Designers: Dr. George Popovich, Gerry Dzublinski
Blood, Lighting Effects, Pyrotechnic Designer: Dr. George Popovich
Agnes' Dialect Coach: Paul Meier

Production Staff
Stage Manager: Michael Cochran
Technical Director: Gerry Dzublinksi
Master Carpenter: Christopher Bremer
Carpenters: Gerry Dzublinski, Galal Abdullah, Anas Pasha,
Alan Rezzonica, Mike Ross, Ryan Mcllhiny, Cheyenne Rynicki Angie Lai
Scenic Artist: Judith Fletcher
Scenic Painters: Galal Abdullah, Anas Pacha, Ryan Mcllhiny
Cheyanne Rynicki, Mike Ross, Angie Lai
Master Electrician: David Koltunchik
Sound Engineer: Alan Contino
Props: George Popovich, Gerry Dzublinski
Costume Crew: Huda Alsebti
Poster and Program Design: Ashleigh Martin
Printing: HFC Graphics
Publicity: Dr. George Popovich, Gary Erwin, Kurt Krug
Michael Cochran, The Cast and Crew, HFC Graphics, Angie Lai
Electronic Box Office: Dr. George Popovich

Running Crew

Deck Captains: Mahmoud Hazime, Michael Cochran
Blood Wrangler: Mohammed Hazime
Pyrotechnician: Edwin Bawal
Sound Board Operator: Alan Contino
Light Board Operator: Edwin Bawal
Scenic Crew: The Cast
Props: The Cast

Box Office
House Managers: Christopher Bremer, Angie Lai
David Koltunchik, Gerry Dzublinski
Box Office Manager: Huda Alsebti
Ushers: HFC Theatre Volunteers
Special Thanks to : Steve Tolin, Chris Wylie
A Very Special Thanks to Ken Donovan and Ashleigh Martin, HFC Graphics.