Shipwrecked! at the Wild Swan Theater

Well, this announcement is a day late and a dollar short, but I still think its worth sharing. Yesterday, Ann Arbor’s Wild Swan Theater (a nationally renowned ‘family’ theater troupe) finished a run of Shipwrecked!, a play for elementary and middle school students and their families.

Here’s a description:

“Shipwrecked!” is a sailing story, set in 1893, that follows the travails of 12-year-old Aaron Buchanan when his family’s schooner is caught in a fierce storm while he is at the helm. Young as he is, Aaron has sailed with his parents for years, ferrying cargo from their home port of Detroit to ports through the Great Lakes. As the family is returning from Sault St. Marie on Lake Huron in November with a huge load of Christmas trees, they are caught in a ferocious gale that sweeps through Thunder Bay, infamously known as Shipwreck Alley. With assistance from the lighthouse keepers on Thunder Bay Island, a crew of surfmen from the lifesaving station brave 40 knot winds and sixteen foot waves to effect a daring rescue.

High seas drama… and educational too! Playwright Jeff Duncan and director Hillary Cohen collaborated with numerous cultural institutions, from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to the Michigan Historical Museum, to make this as authentic as it gets. [for more read this] They also put together a fantastic study guide which includes an excerpt from the play as well as pages of historical documents.

Shipwrecks are fascinating no matter how old you are or where you live. The folks up in Michigan know this better than most and they produce some of the best shipwreck education material out there. Shipwrecked! is another prime example. Fortunately, Wild Swan is taking Shipwrecked! on the road–it’ll be making stops in Detroit, Lansing and Alpena in the months to come. Check it out! [for dates &c. go here]


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One response to “Shipwrecked! at the Wild Swan Theater

  1. Thanks so much for alerting your readers to our new play “Shipwrecked!” It has been a terrific collaboration funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council and the Buhr Foundation. We are looking forward to “taking it on the road” to our partner sites. Our upcoming schedule is below:

    Lansing Premiere of Shipwrecked! at Michigan Historical Center
    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:30 a.m.
    For more info and tickets, please call 517-373-1359

    Wild Swan Navigates “Shipwreck Alley” in Their Newest Original Play
    Thursday, April 5, 2012 7:00 p.m.
    Go “behind the scenes” with the playwright and artistic staff to learn about the making of Shipwrecked!

    Shipwrecked! at Ann Arbor Public Library (downtown branch)
    Monday, April 9, 2012 7:00 p.m.

    Alpena Premiere of Shipwrecked! at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
    Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:00 a.m.
    For more info and tickets, please contact Sarah Waters, 989-356-8805, ext. 29 or

    Detroit Premiere of Shipwrecked! at Detroit Historical Society/Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle
    Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:00 a.m.
    Thursday, May 17, 2012 11:00 a.m.
    Friday, May 18, 2012 11:00 a.m.
    Saturday, May19, 2012 11:00 a.m.
    For more info and tickets, please call 313-833-1733

    Wild Swan Theater

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