Theatre Company presents Avenue Q
Detroit Mercy’s Theatre Company presents the puppet-filled musical, Avenue Q, running March 24 – April 9.
Avenue Q is the smash-hit musical comedy packed with heart, big dreams and adult humor. The story follows college graduate 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 is a puppet-filled performance with R-rated realities. Music and lyrics are by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and the book is by Jeff Whitty. The show contains mature language and situations and is not intended for children.
Tickets to Avenue Q can be purchased online at www.UDMarts.com or over the phone at 313-993-3270. Individual ticket prices are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors, $15 for veterans and students (with valid ID). Groups of 15 or more can receive up to a 20% discount on ticket rates. Thursday performances are $15.
Avenue Q will be presented at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA at 1401 Broadway St. Detroit, Mich. 48226 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.
“What do you do when life sucks and you can’t find your purpose? Come to Avenue Q and find out,” says Avenue Q Director, Associate Professor of Performing Arts and Theatre Company Managing Director Greg Grobis.
The Avenue Q cast is a mix of resident professionals with students from the acclaimed Detroit Mercy acting program — including professional actors Joel Fazee as Princeton, Ashley Armstrong as Kate Monster, Andrew Laux as Brian, and Cat Menzies as Christmas Eve. Other professionals include Michael Adams as Gary Coleman, Timothy Smith as Nicky, Dale Dobson as Rod, and Hayley Pulizzi as Lucy. Theatre Company students include Christian Plonka as Trekkie Monster, Savanah Wright as Bad Idea Bear Girl, and DeShawn King as Bad Idea Bear Boy.
The production team features Dan Greig as Music Director, Hayley Pulizzi as Assistant Choreographer, Associate Professor Melinda Pacha as the scenic and costume designer, Amy Schneider as lighting designer, Matthew Klug as sound designer, Anthony Petrucci as technical director, Mathew Lira as Stage Manger, Alexander Kendzuik as Assistant Stage Manager, and Evans Tasiopoulos as Ticket Office Coordinator and Photographer.
Additionally, Avenue Q features eight events associated with The Detroit Theatre Discussion Project (DTDP) Discussions in the community will include events related to the production. More information can be found at www.TheTheatreCo.com.
Avenue Q – Detroit Theatre Discussion Project Dates
Wednesday, 3/15: Behind the Scenes of Avenue Q with The Theatre Company at the Detroit Public Library. Featuring a discussion with the production staff and performance by the cast. Community members attending will be entered to win free tickets to show.
Saturday, 3/25: Afterglow: Mingle after the show with the cast and crew. Free food and discount drink specials at Angelina Italian Bistro.
Sunday, 3/26: Post-show discussion: “Good Bear vs. Bad Bear: How can one make healthy decisions?” Featuring representatives from Detroit Mercy’s Psychology Clinic.
Wednesday, 3/29: Behind the Scenes of Avenue Q with The Theatre Company at the Birmingham Public Library. Featuring a discussion with the production staff and performance by the cast. Community members attending entered to win free tickets to the show.
Thursday, 3/30: Post-show discussion: “The Internet is used for what? Porn?” Featuring representatives from Detroit Mercy’s Psychology Clinic.
Sunday, 4/2: Post-show discussion: “Is everyone a little bit racist?” Featuring representatives from Detroit Mercy’s Psychology Clinic.
Thursday, 4/6: Post-show Pub Trivia Night: theme “Musical Theatre” Trivia Night at the Detroit Beer Company following the show. Win prizes totaling $250!
Sunday, 4/9: Post-show discussion: “Purpose? How do you know if you found your life’s purpose?” Featuring representatives from Detroit Mercy’s Psychology Clinic.