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The Theatre Company


Fearless. Smart. Vital. Season 47.

WE COMMIT ourselves to training our students in an apprentice-style process working with professional Detroit actors and directors. WE ARE a theatre without borders, crafting and learning on Detroit’s west side, performing and interacting with our audiences downtown, and building relationships and partnerships in between. WE BELIEVE a strong bond with the people and spirit of Detroit reinforces what we do and who we are.

Throughout this 47th season we invite you to share laughter, perplexities, and ah-ha’s.  We open with Preview 47, a celebration of community and creativity. Next we offer a play that examines unstable times in concert with alternative ideologies. In the new year we tell a story of redemption and identity. We close Season 47 with a rambunctious Detroit premiere retelling American history.

Become a season ticket holder or take advantage of our flex pack.  Don’t miss out on a fearless, smart, and vital season.

Click here to download a copy of our season brochure.

Order your tickets at or at 313-993-3270.

47 Seasons
33 Award Winning
58 Premieres

    Preview 47

    Preview 47

    PREVIEW 47
    One Night Only Celebration
    September 29 at 7:30 pm
    Donation only event.

    Reserve your seat click here!

    Join us for an exciting evening of theatre as we introduce the 2017-2018 Theatre Company season.  Come and preview Season 47 with short performances and mingle with company members, patrons, alumni, and our community. Purchase season tickets at the event and receive a surprise gift! Support live theatre and the arts of Detroit Mercy.

    A Bright Room Called Day


    By Tony Kushner
    Directed by Jamie Warrow
    November 3 -19


    “Unabashedly political, thought-provoking, a little scary, and frequently a good deal of theatrical fun.”
    - Chicago Tribune

    As the malevolence of Nazism dawns over 1930’s Germany, the bond among five friends disintegrates as they struggle to preserve themselves - through ambivalence and ambition, calm and chaos, and the seduction of fascism.

    Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

    Nov. 2 @ 7:30 pm

    Last Rehearsal: Pub Trivia

    Nov. 3 @ 7:30 pm

    Opening Night

    Nov. 4 @ 7:30 pm


    Nov. 5 @3:00 pm

    Act Three

    Nov. 10 @ 7:30 pm


    Nov. 11 @ 7:30 pm


    Nov. 12 @ 3:00 pm

    Act Three

    Nov. 17 @ 7:30 pm


    Nov. 18 @ 7:30 pm


    Nov. 19 @ 3:00 pm



    A Bright New Boise


    WINNER! 2011 Obie Award for Playwriting
    By Samuel D. Hunter
    Directed by Dr. Arthur J. Beer
    February 9 - 25


    “A humorous and touching exploration of faith and family.” -

    In the bleak corporate break room of an Idaho Hobby Lobby, five lost souls humorously and heartbreakingly seek liberation from their pasts by scrutinizing over their lives, searching for significance, acceptance, and repentance.

    Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

    Feb. 8 @ 7:30 pm

    Last Rehearsal: Pub Trivia

    Feb. 9 @ 7:30 pm

    Opening Night

    Feb. 10 @ 7:30 pm


    Feb. 11 @ 3:00 pm

    Act Three

    Feb. 16 @ 7:30 pm


    Feb. 17 @ 7:30 pm


    Feb. 18 @ 3:00 pm

    Act Three

    Feb. 23 @ 7:30 pm


    Feb. 24 @ 7:30 pm


    Feb. 25 @ 3:00 pm



    The Complete History of America (Abridged)


    By Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor
    Directed by Dave Davies
    April 6 - 22


    “This History of America should be a required course.” - The Boston Herald

    A ninety minute romp of hilarity and hijinx resonates through the illustrious imbroglio that is American History. Brought to life by members of The Theatre Company, it’s an evening of unmitigated patriotism, political intrigue, and cross dressing - J. Edgar Hoover approves!

    Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

    April 5 @ 7:30 pm

    Last Rehearsal: Pub Trivia

    April 6 @ 7:30 pm

    Opening Night

    April 7 @ 7:30 pm


    April 8 @ 3:00 pm

    Act Three

    April 13 @ 7:30 pm


    April 14 @ 7:30 pm


    April 15 @ 3:00 pm

    Act Three

    April 20 @ 7:30 pm


    April 21 @ 7:30 pm


    April 22 @ 3:00 pm



    Performance Venue Information: The Marlene Boll Theatre

    Theatre Layout

    The Marlene Boll Theatre is the home of The Theatre Company's 2017-2018 season.

    Address: 1401 Broadway Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226

    Located inside the Boll Family Y.M.C.A., The Marlene Boll Theatre is an intimate theatre space in the heart of downtown Detroit.  Fantastic restaurants, energetic bars, and historic architecture surrounds this thrust style performance space.  You're invited to make an evening of dinning, entertainment, and night caps by including The Theatre Company's 47th season! Seating is limited and general admission. Reserve your tickets today!


    Ticket Office Information, Prices, and Policies

    Contact us

    Reno Hall Ticket Office
    4001 West McNichols Road  (Livernois entrance)
    Reno Hall, Lower Level, Room 43
    Hours: Tuesday-Friday: Noon-5:00 p.m. (Aug. 16-May 1)

    The Ticket Office will open at The Marlene Boll Theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain and will stay open through intermission of each performance. Tickets can be ordered by phone or online.

    Ticket Prices


    Adult Rate Student Rate
    Season Ticket Package - One ticket to every production.   Savings of 50% - Best Deal on Tickets! $50 $20
    Four Flex Pack - Four tickets for any performance to any production.  Savings of 25%. $75 $30


    Adult Ticket $25
    Discount Adult Ticket (Seniors, Detroit Mercy Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Donors, Detroit residents) $22
    Student Ticket (Any high school or college student with valid ID) $10


    Last Rehearsal: Pub Trivia Night $5 cover charge
    Community Nights All tickets $10
    Fall Homecoming Weekend (Valid only on 9/29,30, 10/1,for the Detroit Mercy community) $10

    *Please note that a $2 service fee is included in each ticket to cover ticket and processing costs.


    Tickets are non-refundable: Tickets may be turned in prior to the performance and applied as a donation to The Theatre Company to receive a tax receipt for their value or exchanged for another performance - see below.

    Exchanges: For tickets of equal or greater value, contact the Ticket Office at least 24 hours before the performance.  Any ticket returns within 24 hours of a performance will be processed as a donation for a tax receipt.  Exchanges only permitted for another performance during our 2017-2018 season.  A service charge of $3.00 per ticket applies.  Any difference in price will be charged accordingly.

    Late seating policy: There will be no late seating after 10 minutes from the start of any performance. Late patrons can receive a tax receipt for the value or exchange for another performance.

    Accessibility: Special access seating is available.  Let our Ticket Office representative know if we can offer any assistance during your visit and please arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance.  Wheel chair accessible washrooms are available.


    Parking Information

    Street parking

    Street parking is available around The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA. Please follow all street parking signs.  Free Parking on Sundays. Consider paying for your street parking with

    Best Option

    Z Lot$7 flat parking at the ZLOT: Entrances on Grand River Ave. and Gratiot Ave.
    Patrons parking at the ZLOT will use a credit card to enter the structure and park.  While at the Theatre Company performance patrons need to collect a ZLOT coupon for the $7 parking rate.  Present coupon while checking out of the parking structure to receive $7 parking rate.

    Other Options

    Greektown Casino – Free parking most days. Walk 6 blocks to the Boll Theatre or take the People Mover to the Broadway stop.

    MGM Grand Casino  – Free parking. Then Uber or Lyft, $6-$10 each way

    Motor City Casino – Free parking. Then Uber or Lyft, $6-$10 each way

    Mario’s Italian Restaurant – Free Shuttle if you dine before the show. 4222 Second St. 313.832.1616 call for reservations and details.

    Validated parking available by dining at these establishments

    Hard Rock Café - 45 Monroe St (Validates for free parking at the Compuware Parking Garage)

    Wright & Co.  - 1500 Woodward Ave (The Z Lot)

    Standby - 225 Gratiot Avenue (The Z Lot)

    Coach Insignia – GM Ren Cen (People Mover to the Broadway stop)

    Joe Muir Seafood – GM Ren Cen (People Mover to the Broadway stop)

    Andiamo Detroit Riverfront - GM Ren Cen (People Mover to the Broadway stop)

    Granite City Food & Brewery - GM Ren Cen (People Mover to the Broadway stop)


    Restaurant Partners

    Audience members who show a ticket or program from the day of a Theatre Company performance will receive up to 50% off food and beverages.  Offers vary by restaurant.

    La Feria - Spanish Tapas: 10% off entire bill

    The Detroit Beer Co: 50% off Appetizers and $1 off draft beers

    Traffic Jam and Snug: 10% off Entrees


    Become a donor

    Ticket sales pay for only 60% of our production costs. With the help of devoted theatre supporters and the generosity of grant makers we are able to close the gap and continue to excel in ways only our theatre can. Help us continue our tradition of outstanding theatre at an affordable price by pledging a contribution today.

    Below is our Donor Levels for 2017-2018. All contributions to the Theatre Company goes toward the Theatre Company Development Fund which further develops better productions for our students and audience. Scholarship contributions are needed as well and go directly to the students to help with educational costs.

    Your contribution to the The Theatre Company and Detroit Mercy qualifies as an itemized tax deduction under federal law and as a tax credit under Michigan law. Your generous support truly makes a difference in the quality of programs we are able to offer. To make a donation or for more information please contact Managing Director Greg Grobis at 313-993-3270.

    2016 - 2017 Donors

    Angel ($5,000-and up)

    • Anonymous
    • Matt Williams and Angelina Fiordellisi

    Producers ($1,000-$2499)

    • Dave Koukal and Sharon Vlahovich

    Directors ($500-$999)

    • Don Burkholder
    • Ilse Calgagno
    • Doris A. Goleniak
    • Cheryl A. Harvey
    • Barbara and Edward Klarman Philanthropic Fund
    • Robert Rogowski and Claire Boyce
    • Rene Saenz & Two Men and a Truck
    • Mark Vasquez and Heather Hill-Vasquez

    Sponsors ($250-$499)

    • Anonymous
    • Keegan-Michael Key
    • Gary D. Lichtman
    • Gary and Mary Markwardt
    • Brigette R. Murphy-Barbee and Richard Barbee

    Contributors ($100-$249)

    • Dr. Blair Anderson and Melinda Pacha
    • Mark Denham and Karen Tumblin
    • Neville D’Sousa
    • Alex & Patricia Gajewski
    • Greg Grobis
    • Tom Jensen
    • Delvin Johnston
    • Maurice Kenney
    • Dr. James Louis McDonald
    • Harriet Saperstein
    • Judith G. Shirley



    Thank you to all our sponsors for supporting us!

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