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UDM Theatre Company announces 2015-2016 season

July 14, 2015

The UDM Theatre Company announces its 2015-2016 season with new artistic partners and new performance locations. The season includes one Midwest Premiere, two new provocative pieces and a holiday classic.

Season 45

The Theatre Company’s 45th season will include: “The Whale” by Samuel D. Hunter, “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry, the Michigan Premiere of “Low Hanging Fruit” by Robin Bradford and “An Evening with David L. Regal.”

During the fall of 2014 the Theatre Company entered into a multi-phase endeavor that provided a much needed opportunity to reflect on the history, mission and values of The Theatre Company.

According to Melinda Pacha the Chair of the Performing Arts Department, this opportunity “reinforces The Theatre Company’s commitment to train students through apprentice-style production processes; creates a stronger bond to the community beyond the borders of the university; and compels us to produce theatre that calls us to consider our development as a society.”

“Our belief that our theatre is our community inspired our play selections and the creation of new artistic partnerships, and will guide us in our future developments,” states Pacha.

The Theatre Company is doubling down on our commitment to producing theatre in an urban setting and will take an exciting leap as we move into the 2015-2016 theatre season. We are proud to announce artistic partnerships with two area theatres who share our commitment to theatre as a means of social justice. In our 45th season we will be partnering with The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale and The Matrix Theatre Company of Detroit.

The Whale

October 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26

Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m.

Performances at the Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale.

*Contains mature content and language  *limited seating

The 45th season will open with a new artistic partnership with The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale, Michigan with Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale. We will meet Charlie, a man mired in grief and personal conflicts surrounding the loss of his partner, his relationship to his ex-wife and his nearly estranged daughter. Confined to his home due to a physical malady, Charlie reaches out to the people in his life using the tool he knows best; the written word. The 2013’s winner of the Lucille Lortel Best Play Award, Drama Desk Special Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre, and the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre, The Whale is a powerfully emotional piece which reveals one man’s great empathy for everyone but himself, with humor, honesty, and touching glimpses of human frailty.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

December 3-6, 10-13

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Performances at the Boll Family YMCA Theatre in Detroit.

After the success of last year’s production, we are pleased to bring back a new updated version of this holiday classic. A small cast of actors play dozens of characters inside of the radio play It’s A Wonderful Life complete with live sound effects. Be apart of this exciting holiday radio hour tradition with a story that is sure to touch your spirit.

Low Hanging Fruit

A Michigan Premiere

March 3-6, 10-13, 17-20

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Performances at the Boll Family YMCA Theatre in Detroit

*Contains mature content and language

We will be artistically partnering with The Matrix Theatre Company to produce Robin Bradford’s play Low Hanging Fruit which uses the self-imposed circumstances of four homeless women struggling to survive in a makeshift encampment under a freeway in Los Angeles. The women in this play are veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraqi Wars, each with physical and emotional scars. Suffering from varying levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they care for and protect each in the safety of the encampment they call “the Taj.” When one of the women befriends a young runaway and invites her back to camp, things change for everyone. Issues of familial and emotional abandonment, homelessness, drug abuse and sexual exploitation rise to the surface, threatening the stability of the fragile stateside “unit” they have managed to patch together. Their stories, struggles and deferred dreams are painful reminders of the women we have neglected after having served their country in often inhumane conditions.

With grant funding pending, we have developed a multi-stage project surrounding the production. If funded, this project will include additional post show discussions, a Veteran’s Job Fair, a Veteran’s Clothing and Goods Drive, and a Restaurant Partnership Fundraising Drive for local Veteran Shelters.

An Evening with David L. Regal

April 9

Time: TBD

Performed at the Marygrove Theatre

Theatre Professor David L. Regal has announced his retirement from UDM. We are grateful for David’s contributions. As a founding member, David has inspired countless actors, professionals and audience members through his artistically challenging productions. As a director, actor, teacher and mentor, we have a lot to celebrate. This evening will include a special performance from David followed by a strolling dinner reception. All ticket sales from this event will benefit a scholarship fund for The Theatre Company. We hope you will join us in celebrating David’s amazing career at UDM.

Tickets & Information

Individual ticket prices for Season 45 will be $25 for Adults, $22 for Discount Adults (Seniors, UDM Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Donors, Detroit residents) and $10 Students (with valid High School, College and University ID) *Please note that a $2 service fee is included in each ticket to cover ticket and processing costs.

Season ticket packages are available that include tickets to all three main stage productions with savings up to 35% off.Season Tickets: Adults: $50, Discount Adults $45 and Students $20.

Tickets to An Evening with David L. Regal will be $50 for adults with $30 being a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund.

Purchasing season tickets secures seats to these limited seating performances allows patrons to exchange tickets free of charge and is the best way of supporting The Theatre Company.

The Theatre Company Ticket office summer hours are Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After Labor Day office hours will be Tuesday through Friday, Noon to 5 p.m.

To receive a copy of our season brochure please email your contact information to

Season ticket packages are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the UDM Theatre Company Ticket Office at 313-993-3270. Individual tickets can be purchased at beginning July 1, 2015.

Theatre 45 News Release

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