book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman

music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways. This is a must-produce for any theatre looking for a truly original and fresh new comedy that will delight audiences and leave them begging for more.

*preview performance Sept. 22 at 730pm

Thu / Fri / Sat at 730 - Sun at 2pm


created by David Grapes and Todd Olson

arrangements by Vince di Mura

Have we got a world premiere for you! Farmers Alley Theatre transforms into a swingin' nightclub to celebrate the holidays with you!

A Swinging Christmas: The Holiday Music of Tony Bennett will be an unforgettable evening of song and featuring eighteen classic holiday tunes plus the standards that made Bennett famous like "I Wanna Be Around," "The Good Life," "Rags To Riches," and of course, Tony's signature song "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" and a jamming jazz trio, led by Nicholas Mueller.

Our cabaret-style seating, desserts, and beverages return for this special production the whole family will love.

If you liked Farmers Alley Theatre's productions of My Way: The Songs of Frank Sinatra or Some Enchanted Evening, you'll love this world premiere production.


*preview performance Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 pm

Thu / Fri / Sat at 7:30 pm

Sat / Sun at 2:00 pm


written by Lauren Yee

1989. An American college basketball team travels from San Francisco to Beijing for a “friendship game” against a Chinese squad.

Far from friendly, the matchup quickly becomes a high-stakes battle, as the American coach fights for his reputation and his Chinese counterpart fights for his life. Both countries try to tease out the politics behind this newly popular sport.

Cultures clash as the Chinese coach tries to pick up moves from the Americans and Chinese-American player Manford, spies on his opponents.

Caught in the middle, Manford must prove his mettle on the court while unraveling a long-kept secret. Cultures and generations clash in this kinetic, darkly comic sports drama.

Inspired by events in her own father’s life, playwright Lauren Yee applies a devilishly keen satiric eye to…her generation (and its parents).


"Full-court banter and intensity mark a gripping 'Great Leap!'" - The Washington Post

"'The Great Leap' scores with a mix of hoops and heartbreak." - Los Angeles Times




by Mark St. Germain

HELD OVER THRU MARCH 26th - Added Weekend! 


Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it.

From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a sniper, to her struggle to succeed as a single mother newly arrived in America, Mark St. Germain deftly illuminates this remarkable woman’s untold story.

BECOMING DR. RUTH is filled with the humor, honesty, and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth,” America’s most famous sex therapist.


"Fascinating, heartbreaking, and hilarious!" - Broadway World

“[Dr. Ruth’s] story is certainly a stirring one…[and this is] an illuminating portrait.”  - NY Times

“It’s a simple premise…but it works for Westheimer’s story, which is fascinating (and heartbreaking) all on its own. [St. Germain] convincingly and humorously conveys Westheimer’s surprising dignity, courage, and resilience.”  - The New Yorker

“Anyone who is interested in Dr. Westheimer…or in true-life adventure tales of Holocaust survivors…should find BECOMING DR. RUTH an enjoyable way to spend ninety minutes.”  - Huffington Post

“Mark St. Germain’s heartfelt bioplay dutifully chronicles Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s inspirational life story…”  - Time Out NY


Contains Adult Themes



by Douglas Lyons

"A brilliant script that’s fresh, relatable and laugh-out-loud funny…CHICKEN & BISCUITS is more than just a church service. It is a much-needed therapy session, a portrait of Black joy, love and laughter…This play is both a Hallelujah and an A-men.” —Variety


"CHICKEN & BISCUITS serves up roaring comedy…The play provides audiences with the blessed release of almost continual laughter…” —Broadway News


America’s dishiest family is coming together for Grandpa’s funeral – hopefully without killing each other!


Here's the tea: Rivaling sisters, Baneatta and Beverly, are burying their father—but it’s the non-stop family drama that might be the death of them. Beverly just wants to show the congregation what she’s been “blessed with.” Baneatta’s husband tries to keep the family peace while preparing the eulogy.


Then (get ready..) Baneatta’s youngest son brings his very white, very Jewish boyfriend who is maybe, sort of, okay definitely afraid of Baneatta. Meanwhile, Beverly’s daughter couldn’t mind her own business if it was on a leash.

But wait! When a family secret is revealed (at the church altar!!), things really go crazy…and even Baneatta can’t deny the truth.


Don't miss the Michigan premiere of this hit play, hot off its Broadway run last year and served up right here in Kalamazoo!


Starring Farmers Alley favorites including Von Washington Jr. (Clybourne ParkMarissa Harringtion (director of Three Little BirdsShe Persisted), Julianne Howe-Bouwens (Doubt).

ADDED SHOW - Saturday, May 6th at 2pm


Contains Adult Themes and Situations. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Running time: 100 minutes with no intermission.


Coming soon we have Bright Stars: A Benefit Concert Event where we’ll celebrate our fifteen seasons of professional theatre (and maybe share some sneak peeks at what’s coming in season sixteen)!

Headlining this performance is Broadway performer and Kalamazoo native Hannah Elless! She will share her pathway to Broadway, stopping to reminisce about her formative experiences in Kalamazoo (including Farmers Alley), her experiences on Broadway in the revival of Godspell and original cast of Bright Star, and let us in on future projects on the horizon. Helping her tell her story will be Farmers Alley favorites, the Koch family: Jeremy, Denene, and Jason. Also joining Hannah will be Whitney Weiner, Cece Weeks and Gina Chimner for a ride down Farmers Alley memory lane and topping off the talent will be members of Hannah’s amazingly talented Schubkegel family.

There are only two performances for this special event on May 12 and May 13, so secure your seats* today at the link below!

Preshow Appetizers and Drinks: 6:30pm, Show Begins: 7:30pm

*A portion of each ticket is tax deductible. (Table Seating : $125 ticket/$90 tax deductible | Center Seating: $100/$65 | Standard Seating: $75/$40)


by Jonathan Larson

No day but today! We are thrilled to present our next production — RENT by Jonathan Larson. An iconic modern classic and a pop cultural phenomenon, this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical will rock out at Farmers Alley Theatre this summer from June 23 to July 7.

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. It follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Tickets are on sale now for this passionate, exuberant, and joyous musical. 

If you liked our productions of Next to Normal or Fun Home, then you won’t want to miss RENT!

This production contains adult themes. Farmers Alley Theatre does not offer further advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at (269) 343-2727.


Script & Lyrics by Adam Tobin

Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma

Based on the children's book by Chelsea Clinton

Some of America's most fearless women get the spotlight in this new musical for Young Audiences based on the best-selling children's book.

She Persisted, The Musical is the trailblazing piece of theatre based on the best-selling children's book written by Chelsea Clinton and beautifully illustrated by Alexandra Boiger.

Fourth-grader Naomi's field trip to a Women's History Museum turns into a time travel adventure where she encounters inspirational women who have overcome barriers and made waves throughout U.S. history. From activists to athletes, artists, and more, it's a perfect, 90 minute musical for the whole family — grandma and grandpa too!