September 2019

The Frogs

By Stephen Sondheim

updated by Nathan Lane

Based on the original story by Aristophane



Slipstream Theater Initiative is thrilled to present their final show of the season, The Frogs - a merry thrill of a theatrical romp between Sondheim and the Classics!  This loving homage to the Greek classical comedy by Aristophanes is given new life through the magic of Stephen Sondheim with lyrics by Bert Shevlove and Nathan Lane. 
A god and a slave go down to the underworld… and all the world’s a punchline.
Dionysus, god of wine and drama  - though not necessarily in that order - has seen the state of our world, and vows to bring back a great playwright to reinvigorate and re-inspire his people. Accompanied by the god Pan in the guise of a slave, Xanthias, Dionysus travels through a menagerie of Greek Mythology to Hades to bring George Bernard Shaw with the hope of speaking some sense to the world, but what will happen when they run into William Shakespeare? As a battle of the Bards ensues, we are recalled to our passion for art, truth, love, and of course… Theatre!
The cast features Dan Johnson as Dionysus, Miles Bond as Pan/Xanthias, Jake Rydell as Herakles/Charisma, Rachel Bieber as Charon/Aekos, Maxim Hunt as Pluto, Kaitlyn Valor Borque as George Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Jones as William Shakespeare, and Megan Welenc as Ariadne/Virilla.  Blake Pruneau provides Musical Accompaniment, with Jake Rydell doubling as Music Director.
The production is directed by Luna Alexander, and stage managed by Alanna Elling, with technical design and execution by Jackson Abohasira, and costumes by Tiaja Sabrie.  Our production includes some childishly adult humor - recommended for ages 13 and up.

The production runs Friday September 6th through September 29th.  Shows run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7pm.  Tickets are $12 in advance and available via, by emailing,  or at the door. Slipstream Theatre Initiative is located at 460 Hilton in Ferndale, MI.
What: The Frogs: a new Musical                                                                                                                                           A comedy written in 405 BCE by Aristophanes                                                                                         With Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim                                                                                                             Freely adapted by Burt Shevelove & Nathan Lane
When: Fridays ( 8/13, 8/20, 8/27) Saturdays ( 8/14, 8/21, 8/28) Sundays (8/15, 8/22, 8/29)
Press Dates:  Saturday 8/14 and Sunday 8/15
Time: 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 7 pm on Sundays
How much: $12
Where: 460 Hilton Road, Ferndale MI 48220
Contact: 313.986.9156


Photography is by Jan Cartwright and graphic design is by Esbee Creative. Slipstream Theatre Initiative is a 501-c3. Tickets are always just $12.

Contact: (313) 268-3739