April 03, 2016

The University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company will host An Evening With David L. Regal on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. The event will take place in the Marygrove Theatre, 8425 W. McNichols Rd. in Detroit.

Tickets include admission to see Regal perform as John Barrymore in Barrymore by William Luce and will be followed by a strolling dinner reception with an open bar. The entire evening will celebrate Regal, who will retire in May 2016 after 44 years in the Performing Arts department at UDM.

David L. RegalRegal is a founding member of The Theatre Company at UDM and has taught Fundamentals of Acting and upper division acting courses. He has directed and performed in countless productions with the Theatre Company and has won several awards for Best Actor, Best Director and Supporting Actor from the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and The Oakland Press.

He took a leading role in developing the age-appropriate casting philosophy in the undergraduate setting at UDM. By placing young actors onstage with professional artists and faculty, Regal created an apprenticeship style of training that became the hallmark of the company. Exposing students to these “real world” conditions enabled them to transition more readily into careers in theatre, film and television.

“David always seemed like an Old Testament kind of guy—always ready to erupt, to shake down the Philistines’ temples,” recalls the former Detroit Free Press theatre critic Lawrence Devine.

“I first saw him, years before The Theatre Company, as the belligerent Bill Walker in the 1969 Hilberry Theatre production of ‘Major Barbara.’ Over the 46 years since, that noisy Sixties ruffian became the face of valuable theater on W. McNichols, never dandifying his mission or reviving ‘Evita.’ He kept together an experienced cadre of really gifted production artisans and developed young actors over a nomadic series of at least four or five venues.”

Tickets are $50 and include a $30 tax-deductible receipt. To purchase tickets, please visit or call 313-993-3270. Limited tickets are available for the event.

Funds raised from An Evening With David L. Regal will support the Theatre Program Fund, which provides support for department scholarships, programming, master classes, and leadership development.

For tickets or for more information, contact Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Greg Grobis at 313-993-3269 or at

David L. Regal