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Encore LIVE! - The puzzle comes together with 'Show and Tell'

Posted: Jan. 28, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.

It's become somewhat of a tradition in recent years for young theater artists in Southeast Michigan to do one of two things after they leave college: They either start their own theater company, or they leave the state looking for greener pastures in theater-friendly cities such as Chicago. (Some prefer to call it "searching for living-wage work" in their chosen field.)

Many stay, of course - and we're all the richer for it. But what's unusual is to discover someone who grew up in another state, found work in the Windy City - and CHOSE to move to Detroit to ply his trade. Yet that's part of the story behind the arrival of D.B. Schroeder, who moved to the Motor City and founded Puzzle Piece Theatre, which officially makes its debut Feb. 7 with - thanks to recent news events - what could be a controversial and very emotional opening.

Host Donald V. Calamia met with Schroeder at Puzzle Piece's temporary home at the Russell Industrial Center to talk about his company's origins and its soon-to-open production of "Show and Tell."

Encore LIVE! - it's like radio, but over the internet! A production of EncoreMichigan.com. Produced for EncoreMichigan.com by Barton Bund and Tony Caselli. Theme music by the World Famous Love Machine.

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