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Detroit Mercy Theatre Company opens season with “A Bright Room Called Day”

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October 27, 2017
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Playwright Tony KushnerTony Kushner’s critically acclaimed drama A Bright Room Called Day opens the 47th season of the Detroit Mercy Theatre Compan, Nov. 3-19.  Performances will be at The Marlene Boll Theatre inside of the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit.

A Bright Room Called Day examines unstable times in concert with alternative ideologies. It follows a group of artists and political activists struggling to preserve themselves in 1930’s Berlin as the Weimar Republic surrenders to the seduction of fascism. The poetic world of the play moves beyond the bounds of historical reality and brings into stark relief the discomfiting similarities between then and now. It challenges audiences to remember that although evil may seem inevitable it is never irresistible.

A Bright Room Called Day will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 and 3 p.m. on November 5, 12 and 19.

Director Jamie Warrow Directed by Jamie Warrow, the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company cast — a mix of resident professionals with students from the acclaimed University of Detroit Mercy acting program — includes professionals Emily Hasse as Agnes, Richard Payton as Baz, Keira Elyse as Zillah, Greg Grobis as Roland, Mike Suchyta as Herr Swetts, and Linda Rabin Hammell as Die Alte.   Students include Dalton Hahn as Husz, Savannah Wright as Gotchling, Sidney Mains as Paulinka, Christian Plonka as Malek, and Roman D’Ambrosio as Traum.

The production team features Assistant Professor Melinda Pacha as the scenic and costume designer, Seth Amadei as lighting designer, Alan Devlin as technical director, and Associate Professor Greg Grobis as managing director. Other members of the production team are Damian Torres-Bottello as the outreach and audience development coordinator, Evans Tasiopoulos as the ticket office coordinator and photographer, and students Bridget Smith as stage manager, and Taylor LaPorte as assistant stage manager.

A Bright Room Called Day posterA Bright Room Called Day events and special engagements include:

  • Nov. 2: Last rehearsal preview: $5 tickets (Detroit Mercy students only)
  • Nov. 4: Join us after the performance for an afterglow reception following performance.
  • Nov. 5: Act 3, post-show discussion: “The Anatomy of a Show” Join us for the first Talk Back of the season, a creative series of discussions about the art of theatre. We will be joined by members of the production team including director, Jamie Warrow, as they delve into the creative side of A Bright Room Called Day. Engage in new insights and ask some questions of your own. 
  • Nov. 8: 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Library Series: "The Anatomy of a Scene" at the Ferndale Public Library
  • Nov. 11: Community Night – All tickets $10
  • Nov. 12: Act 3, post-show discussion:  "Politics and the Human Psyche." This will be the first in our Detroit Theatre Discussion Project, a series of moderated panels examining themes inspired by the show. Our special guests will include docents from the Holocaust Memorial Center and Ph.D. candidates from the Detroit Mercy School of Clinical Psychology. They will discuss the realities and human reactions to fear, stress and change in the world of 1930s Germany and our own time and place.

More information about events and special engagements can be found at www.TheTheatreCo.com.

Tickets to A Bright Room Called Day can be purchased online at www.DetroitMercyArts.com or over the phone at 313-993-3270. Individual ticket prices are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $10 for veterans, and $10 for students (with valid ID). Groups of 15 or more can receive up to a 30% discount. 

A Bright Room Called Day poster 2Season ticket packages are available that include tickets to all three main stage productions with savings up to 33% off. Season ticket package pricing is $50 for adults, $20 for students. A Flex Pack includes four tickets to any performance of any show and is $75 for adults and $30 for students. Tickets are on sale now at www.DetroitMercyArts.com.

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company’s 47th season will be presented at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA at 1401 Broadway St. in Detroit. This intimate black box theatre seats between 90-120 theatregoers depending the production. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Due to limited seating, patrons are encouraged to secure their tickets early.

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Ticket office is located in Room 43 in Reno Hall on University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. Hours are Tuesdays – Fridays; Noon – 5 pm. To order tickets call 313-993-3270.

For more information about The Theatre Company please visit us at www.DetroitMercyArts.com or www.TheTheatreCo.com.

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