July 20, 2016

The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy announces its 46th season. Performances will be held at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit.

“In the upcoming 2016-17 season, we are continuing to offer theatre that reflects our community,” states Managing Director Greg Grobis.

“Our 46th season has a little bit of everything: an impassioned charming drama, a truthful play centered on finding spiritual relevance, an uproarious American classic and a puppet filled adult musical comedy,” says Grobis.

The Theatre Company’s 46th season will include: the regional premiere of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones, 100 Saints You Should Know by Kate Fodor, the American classic Bus Stop by William Inge, and the smash hit adult musical comedy Avenue Q by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx with book by Jeff Whitty.

The 46th season will feature the launch of a new project entitled the Detroit Theatre Discussion Project (DTDP). With grant funding pending, each production during the 2016-2017 season will feature free preview events at local libraries and community centers, five post-show discussions with local experts, free tickets and special pricing for community members, and local restaurant and parking incentives.  More information on the DTDP will be announced in August 2016.

Season ticket packages are available that include tickets to all four main stage productions with savings up to 30% off. Season ticket package pricing is $72 for adults, $60 for discount adults (seniors, UDM faculty, staff, alumni, donors) and $45 for students.  Individual ticket prices for season 46 are: (plays/musicals) adults $25/$30, discount adults $22/$27 and students $10/$15. Group rates are available for all shows. Tickets are on sale now at


Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones - Sept. 22 – Oct. 9, 2016

In 1959, a state librarian stands her ground in challenging a segregationist senator’s attempt to ban a simple children’s book about rabbits. Inspired by true events in Montgomery, Alabama, this impassioned drama is charming, nuanced, and dynamic! Directed by Jamie Warrow, Alabama Story will be a regional premiere and run Sept. 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 and Oct. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9.

100 Saints You Should Know By Kate Fodor – Nov. 3 – 20, 2016

The Detroit premiere of this truthful drama centers on a cleaning woman and a priest, who both are yearning to find spiritual relevance in a universe full of lost connections. Directed by Dr. Arthur J. Beer, 100 Saints You Should Know will run Nov. 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20.

Bus Stop By William Inge – Febr. 9 – 26, 2017

This American classic play explores what happens when a bus full of strangers get stranded at a bus stop due to a howling snowstorm.  The relationships formed by total strangers turns into an uproarious comedy that never strays from the romantic truth. Directed by Andrew Papa, Bus Stop will run Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26.

Avenue Q with Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and Book by Jeff Whitty – March 23 – April 9, 2017

Part puppet, part human, Avenue Q is the smash hit adult musical comedy that is packed with heart and big dreams.  This timeless story follows college grad Princeton as he moves to Avenue Q in New York City; broke, trying to find love, eager to make new friends, and striving to find his purpose in life. Winner of the 2004 TONY® “TRIPLE CROWN” for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK, Avenue Q will have you laughing at its puppet filled rated-R realities.  Find out what the Internet is really used for! Directed by Greg Grobis, Avenue Q will run March 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9.

The Theatre Company’s 46th season will be presented at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA at 1401 Broadway St. Detroit, MI 48226. This intimate black box theatre seats between 90-140 seats depending the production. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Due to limited seating patrons are encouraged to secure their tickets early.

The Theatre Company Ticket office is located in Reno Hall room 43 on the University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus.  The Ticket Office will open Tuesday, Aug. 16 with office hours of Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. To order tickets, call 313-993-3270.

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Season 46