Theatre NOVA’s Play of the Month: MORTAL FOOLS by Catherine Zudak opens March 31

ANN ARBOR – Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor’s professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents a new play written specifically for the Zoom format each month (January through April) with their PLAY OF THE MONTH series. “Mortal Fools” by Catherine Zudak, the third offering in the series, will be performed live on Zoom on Wednesday, March 31 at 8pm and available ON DEMAND for Series Pass holders through May.

In “Mortal Fools,” Captain Michaels, an intelligence officer stationed in Afghanistan, has to determine whether or not an Army Major committed treason for the love of a beautiful war correspondent, Lailah. The case appears open and shut, but Michaels has his doubts. He calls on a civilian contractor, his ex-wife, to help him uncover the truth. But, can his ex convince him the reporter is blameless as well? Or will Michaels have to terminate Lailah’s life? Directed by Theatre NOVA Producing Artistic Director, David Wolber. Featuring Alysia Kolascz (“Apple Season,” “Bright Half Life”), Patrick Loos, Bryan Lark and Shelby Seeley.

Tickets are $10 each month, or $30 for a Series Pass, which includes admission to four plays for the price of three and the opportunity to view all four plays ON DEMAND if any of the live performances are missed. Purchase tickets online at For more information, please
email All proceeds benefit Theatre NOVA’s ongoing efforts to stay alive through the pandemic. This activity is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Catherine Zudak (Playwright) is a writer, producer and storyteller in Ann Arbor. Her short plays have appeared in festivals throughout SE Michigan including, “The Play’s the Thing” (A2CT), “The Detroit Fringe,” “Living on the Edge” (Actors’) and “The Playwright’s Festival” (OCC). Theatre Nova read “Lion’s Share” for the Michigan Playwrights Festival in 2019. In the past few years, Ms. Zudak has written and performed stories for Heaven Spot, HERSay, MOMS, Snapshots, and Story Night. She has produced independent shows including “Broken” and the “Know Gun Show.”

David Wolber (Director) is an actor, director, and a Producing Artistic Director at Theatre NOVA. He was the Artistic Director at Performance Network (2007-2014). Recently, he directed  “Apple Season” by E. M. Lewis, “Admissions” by Joshua Harmon, “Stargazers” by Reina Hardy and “The How and the Why” by Sarah Treem at Theatre NOVA. He also directed and co-devised “Dream Deferred: Detroit, 1967” at Matrix. He received Wilde Awards “Best Play” for directing “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson and “Best One Person Show” for directing “2.5 Minute Ride” by Lisa Kron at Matrix. David has performed and directed at many professional theatres across Michigan, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. David is an alumnus of Wayne State, a member of Actors’ Equity Association, and an Associate Producer on Jasmine Rivera’s short film American Prophet.