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Detroit Mercy 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.


    Performance Venue Information: The Marlene Boll Theatre

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    The Marlene Boll Theatre is the home of The Detroit Mercy 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 Detroit Mercy Theatre Company's 47th season! Seating is limited and general admission. Reserve your tickets today!

    Boll Family YMCA Limited Seating 75-140
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    Inside The Marlene Boll Theatre.  The above picture is a view from stage right/house left.
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    Inside The Marlene Boll Theatre.  The above picture is a view from the main section.

    Ticket Office Information and Prices

    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.


    Theatre Company Policies


    Accessibility: The Boll Family YMCA is accessible to people using wheelchairs or with restricted mobility. Wheelchair accessible seats are available at The Marlene Boll Theatre.  Please contact the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Ticket Office prior to performance to make arrangements.

    Cameras and Recording Devices: Patrons’ private use of cameras, with or without flash, and the private use of tape recorders is prohibited. No audio or video equipment of any kind is allowed in the theatre. The Marlene Boll Theatre and the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management reserves the right to confiscate equipment for the duration of the performance or evict violators when necessary. Exceptions may be made for news media, or other production media when advance arrangements are made with the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management.

    Cell Phones and Personal Electronic Devices: Please turn all personal electronic devices and cell phones OFF (not to vibrate).  The House Manager will ask you to turn off your device during the show.  Please note our policy on Objectionable Patrons.

    Children (infants): The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management believes in exposing young people to theatre and the arts at an early and appropriate age. However, management encourages the following guidelines:

    1. In all cases, infants and babes in arms are not permitted. 

    2. All attendees of a performance, regardless of age, are required to have a ticket 
and be able to sit in a theatre chair or a wheelchair. 

    3. Adults who bring small children into the theatre who become disruptive to 
surrounding patrons will be asked to leave the theatre. 

    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.

    Food and Beverage: Food and drink are not allowed inside of the Marlene Boll Theatre.

    Hearing Assistance Devices: The Marlene Boll Theatre is not equipped with a hearing assistances program. 

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

    Lost and Found: Any items found in the facility will be held at the front desk of the Boll Family YMCA, and can be recovered with appropriate identification (if necessary). After 14 days, all items will be donated.

    Objectionable Patrons: The Marlene Boll Theatre and the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management reserves the right to eject, or cause to be ejected from the premises any person or persons whose behavior is offensive to other patrons or whose actions are harassing in nature, or whose actions are harmful to the facilities and the safety and security of other persons.  The Boll Family YMCA Management will not be liable to Patrons for any damages that might incur through the execution of this right.

    Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit buildings including the Boll Family YMCA.

    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.

    Unpaid Tickets:  All unpaid ticket reservations will be released back to the public 5 minutes prior to performance time.


    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


    Sponsors: Between the Lines, wdet 101.9 FM, Detroit MetroTimes, Detroit Monitor, Ferndale Friends, Encore Michigan, 100.3 wnic, C and G news, channel 7 wxyz Detroit

    Thank you to all our sponsors for supporting us!


    Past productions

    Information coming soon
47 Seasons
33 Award Winning
58 Premieres
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