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BlackRock Teases 2018 Season with Lineup of Pre-Season Performances

Prior to announcing its anticipated 2018-2019 Season, BlackRock Center for the Arts unveils its 2018 pre-season performances.

The pre-season lineup will open on Thursday, September 13 with a musical theater production of “Always, Patsy Cline” presented by the Free Range Humans. This melodious and memorable tribute to Patsy Cline’s rise to legendary stardom is told through the eyes of her biggest fan, Louise Seger. This heartfelt review tells the story of the country music legend’s unlikely friendship with Seger, cemented by years of letter-writing. Featuring a wealth of Cline’s beloved hits such as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “Crazy.”

Free Range Humans produces story-driven immersive entertainment, from site-specific theater to virtual reality and are members of BlackRock's Creative Consortium.

“Authentic communities flourish by nurturing its own creative landscape. That’s why we are committed to supporting and collaborating with our regional cultural organizations,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of BlackRock Center for the Arts. “Free Range Humans encompasses all the qualities we are looking for in our Consortium members including enormous talent and a devotion to their art form, in this case, contemporary musical theater. We are thrilled that they are the first production of the season.”

Part of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation On Screen/In Person Independent Film Touring Program, BlackRock will present an award-winning feature-length documentary “Break the Chain” by Laura E. Swanson on Sunday, September 16 at 6:00 pm. The film addresses the often "hidden-in-plain-sight" issue of human trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States. As it chronicles two survivors, the film provides a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards. Nearly 20 interviews with researchers, Senators, non-profit organizations, legal service agencies, law enforcement officers and several artists accompany the stories from the survivors, raising awareness for this global issue.

The viewing will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Swanson. “Bringing thought provoking topical programming is critical to the direction of the center,” said Brad Watkins, BlackRock’s Programming Director. “We invite and encourage our diverse community to participate in this important dialogue.”