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Tapestry - Fall 2005

Theatre Season debuts to rave reviews and alumni support

The Theatre Company’s performance of “Our Town.”

The Theatre Company’s season got off to a magnificent start with a well-attended and critically acclaimed production of “Our Town,” written by Thornton Wilder. The production was directed by department co-chair Arthur Beer and featured the talents of the entire company as well as several guest artists, many of whom are UDM alumni. Greg Trzaskoma ’94, also an adjunct faculty member and director of the upcoming UDM/Marygrove collaborative production of “Working,” played the role of the narrator in “Our Town.” Other alumni that appeared in the production alongside current students included Thom Galasso, Linda Barsamian, and Patti Jones.

The Detroit Free Press said, “The play still has the capacity to reach in and squeeze out tears, if not ring chords with our selfish disregard of how precious life, in all its plainness, is. The University of Detroit Mercy’s production at Marygrove College makes these virtues clear and immediate.”

The Detroit Monitor called the production “exquisite.” Between the Lines theatre critic Don Calamia praised the UDM theatre program in general and the production in particular: “The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy takes a professional/conservatory approach to education, and as such, its students work side-by-side with some of the area’s best theatre professionals. That experience alone is worth whatever the students pay for tuition.”

Close to 50 alumni attended the CLAE Alumni Association theatre event on Oct. 9 at the Marygrove College Art Gallery.

On Oct. 9, the members of the CLAE Alumni Association hosted a theatre event and attended a matinee performance of “Our Town.” Following the performance, the association held a reception in the Marygrove College Art Gallery. Dean Charles Marske spoke to the group about the importance of a strong theatre program and encouraged alumni to support the theatre by attending productions. The next alumni theatre event will be held on April 1, 2006 for the joint UDM/Marygrove performance of the musical “Working.”

The Theatre Company Season continues with a production of “Sez She” by Jane Martin, directed by David Regal. “Sez She” runs through Nov. 27. Oscar Wilds’ “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by Yolanda Fleischer, runs Feb. 3 - 12. The musical “Working,” based on the book by Studs Turkel will run March 24 – April 2. All performances are at The Marygrove College Theatre. Regular-priced tickets are $15, alumni tickets are $13. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call The Theatre Company box office at 313-993-3270 or visit