News Release

University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Celebrates 40 Years of Theatre

The UDM Theatre Company proudly announces its 40th theatrical season at the University of Detroit Mercy. The 2010-2011 season will continue the UDM Theatre Company’s tradition of theatrical excellence in the Metro Detroit community. Presented at the Marygrove Theatre on the campus of Marygrove College, the UDM Theatre Company’s 40th season will feature Keely & Du, Cabaret, A Life in the Theatre and The Tempest.

Opening the UDM Theatre Company’s 40th season is Jane Martin’s heart-pounding drama of clashing adult ideologies: Keely & Du. Keely, a young pregnant woman, is being held against her will and is forced to question her life and individual freedoms. Du, an older woman, is living out her convictions while caring for Keely. Can two people, despite intense philosophical disagreement, become friends? What is the extent of individual freedom? When do personal convictions cross ethical and moral lines? Nominated for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize, Keely & Du is a joltingly real play that is rooted in human experience. Directed by David Regal, Keely & Du will run for seven performances: October 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., and October 3 and 10 at 2 p.m.

The season’s second production has the UDM Theatre Company and the Marygrove College’s Music and Dance departments joining together to produce Cabaret! Known for its sexy, witty and politically-charged musical numbers, Cabaret is set in the intimate Kit Kat Klub of 1930s Berlin just prior to the Nazi rise to power. The play highlights the impact of global conflicts on the lives of everyday people during one of the darkest moments in world history. Directed by Greg Grobis and featuring the students of both universities as well as local guest artists, this sexy, seedy and shadowy production will show that, truly, “life is a Cabaret!” Seven performances: November 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., and November 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre will be the UDM Theatre Company’s third production. The play focuses on the relationship between a seasoned professional actor, played by David Regal, and a novice actor. This comedy depicts the core principle of the UDM Theatre Company by illustrating the rite-of-passage of the novice actor while emphasizing the discipline needed to maintain a career in the theatre. Directed by Dr. Arthur Beer, A Life in the Theatre will run for three weekends: February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., and February 6, 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.

To close the season, The UDM Theatre Company will revive the first play it produced 40 years ago: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Considered to be one of Shakespeare’s greatest works, The Tempest tells the story of Prospero, played by Dr. Arthur Beer, who is fighting for justice after being deprived his throne by his brother. This classic chess match of men versus monsters celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. The Tempest will be directed by Andrew Huff and will run for three weekends: March 25 and 26, April 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., and March 27 and April 3 and 10 at 2 p.m.

Take advantage of the UDM Theatre Company’s best ticket offer and get season tickets to all four shows for only $46 for regular subscribers or $41 for discount subscribers, a savings of 45% off regular ticket prices. All processing fees will be waived for subscribers, saving you even more! Season ticket sales will begin August 1, 2010 and are available through October 10. To request a copy of the subscription brochure, please sign up for the UDM Theatre Company e-newsletter at

Back by popular demand is the Student Flex Pass for any full-time student currently enrolled in high school, community college or a university. The Student Flex Pass is $20 and gives students access to unlimited performances of all four shows, a savings of nearly 80% off regular ticket prices! A student picture ID is required to purchase a Student Flex Pass. Individual ticket sales begin September 1, 2010. Adult admission to the 2010-2011 season will be $18 for plays and $25 for the musical plus a $3 processing fee for each non-subscriber order. Student rates are $9 for plays and $12 for the musical; all processing fees for students will be waived.

The UDM Theatre Company’s performances are held at the Marygrove Theatre on the campus of Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols Rd. The UDM Theatre Company’s box office on non-performance days is located in Reno Hall on the University of Detroit Mercy campus. Hours of operation are 12 noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. To subscribe, or for more information, call the theatre box office at (313) 993-3270; or reserve tickets online at

Release date: November 24,2010

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