News Release

The SAT Brings Heartaches and Laughs in "None of the Above", UDM Theatre Company Season 42 Opening Production

The UDM Theatre Company announces the Michigan premiere of Jenny Lyn Bader’s None of the Above. The SAT brings heartaches and chuckles in this snappy new comedy which opens the Theatre Company’s 42nd theatrical season. Performed at the Marygrove Theatre (8425 W McNichols Rd, 48221), None of the Above will be performed October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14, 2012. No last minute studying needed to enjoy this clever romantic evening of laughs at the theatre.

After failing her first attempt at the SAT’s due to total apathy on the subject, Jamie (Michelle Renaud) is cut off from the family funds. Her parents retaliate by setting the bar even higher for her second attempt. To show her just how serious they are, they hire Clark (Chris Jacob), an academic overachiever to tutor Jamie to a higher score. Jamie’s guile and resistance to conformity threatens to derail Clark’s efforts to accomplish what may be an impossible task. Should he fail to gain Jamie’s cooperation, he risks losing everything in the process. None of the Above is a play written by Harvard graduate and festival-headlining playwright Jenny Lyn Bader, and is directed by Dr. Arthur J. Beer.

Jenny Lyn Bader has written for nearly every medium available. Her works have taken the form of full-length plays, one acts, the New York Times, television and internet dramas. She is perhaps best known for her plays Mona Lisa Speaks, In Flight (2009 NCAA Festival Award Winner), and Manhattan Casanova (Edith Oliver Award Winner). Bader is a cofounder of Theatre 167, and currently serves as the Director of Artistic Development and Writer in Residence. Her works have been performed in 30 states and counting, and the Theatre Company’s None of the Above will be the first time it is performed in Michigan! Dr. Arthur J. Beer (Director) is currently in his 37th season with the UDM Theatre Company. He has won Best Actor, Best Director and Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Detroit Free Press, and numerous acting and directing awards from the Detroit News, The Oakland Press, Between the Lines, Pittsburg Press and others. He has won the Hopwood and Gesu playwriting awards and is playwright-in Residence at the Theatre Company, which has produced five of his original plays and adaptations, including Malice Aforethought: the Sweet Trials and its revival in the 2007 season. Art and his wife Mary Bremer, founded and have directed the Classic Theatre Study Abroad program in Greece for 25 years. He has directed more than 200 plays and has acted in a like number.

The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy continues its mission of providing the Metro Detroit community with thoughtful, high-quality and professional productions. The Theatre Company offers students of the Performing Arts Department the rare opportunity to work on and off stage with theatre professionals. By working with professional directors and associate guest artists, students are encouraged to work at a high level, producing rapid growth throughout their undergraduate education. For more information on becoming a student or an associate guest artist, please contact Greg Grobis at 313-993-3273. Take advantage of the UDM Theatre Company’s best ticket offer and get season tickets to all four shows for only $50 for regular subscribers or $45 for discount subscribers (Seniors, Donors, Alumni, Detroit Residents and UDM and Marygrove Faculty and Staff), a savings of 40% off adult admission ticket prices. All processing fees will be waived for subscribers, saving even more! Season tickets are now on sale through October 14. To request a copy of the subscription brochure, please sign up for the UDM Theatre Company e-newsletter at or email at

Back by popular demand is the Student Flex Pass for any full-time student currently enrolled in high school, community college or university. The Student Flex Pass is $20 and gives students access to unlimited performances of all four shows, a savings of nearly 75% off regular adult ticket prices! A student picture ID is required to purchase a Student Flex Pass.

Individual ticket sales are now on sale. Admission to the 2012-2013 season will be $20 for adults and $17 for Seniors, Donors, Alumni, Detroit Residents and UDM and Marygrove Faculty and Staff. Student individual tickets are $10. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more by contact Lisa Rybak at 313-993-3270. The UDM Theatre Company’s box office on non-performance days is located in Reno Hall room 43 on the University of Detroit Mercy campus (4001 W McNichols Rd, 48221). Hours of operation are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. On performance days the box office will open 45 minutes prior to curtain at the Marygrove Theatre (8425 W. McNichols Rd, 48221). To subscribe, or for more information, call the theatre box office at (313) 993-3270, or reserve tickets online at

Release date: September 24, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 12th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2013 edition.