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UDM Theatre: Autobahn rides shotgun through five intimate journeys

Closing the UDM Theatre Company’s 41st season is a collaborative production of Detroit native Neil LaBute’s Autobahn. Partnering with University of Detroit Mercy’s Architecture program and the Digital Media Design program, the Theatre Company’s production of Autobahn will be performed in the Warren Loranger Exhibition Space in the Loranger Architecture building on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy (4001 W Mc Nichols Detroit, MI 28221). With limited seating capacity of 124 seats, Autobahn will be directed by David L. Regal and Andrew Huff and will run six performances; March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1, 2012.

Autobahn is a play cycle made up of a collection of intensely personal conversations that take place within the confines of a vehicle. The intimate exchanges presented in Autobahn are portrayed from a “front seat” point of view, which travels through topics of addiction, adultery, paranoia and more. Full of rich, compelling and sometimes uncomfortable dialogue, this play offers a glimpse into what may be the last of our private frontiers; the sanctity of our own cars.

Autobahn’s ‘Bench Seat’ features UDM students Michelle Renaud and Chris Jakob as a young couple in a discussion about the future of their relationship. ‘Funny’ looks at the anything but funny subject of rehab and addiction, played by UDM student Charky Mushat and associate guest artist Karen Minard. UDM Student Autumn Thiellesen and associate guest artist Ron Hilliard trek across country under disturbing circumstances in ‘Road Trip’. ‘Merge’ features associate guest artist Karen Minard and associate guest artist Brak Little as a husband who picks up his wife from a business trip that defies explanation. In the story ‘Autobahn’, associate guest artist Crystal Brock frets over loss and disappointment while associate guest artist Brak Little drives the pair home.

Playwright Neil Labute was born in Detroit and raised in Spokane, Washington. He studied at Brigham Young University and was honored as one of the “most promising undergraduate playwrights” at the BYU theater department’s annual awards. LaBute also did graduate work at the University of Kansas, New York University, and the Royal Academy of London. His writing career has included work for both film and stage, most notably the film ‘In the Company of Men’ which won the Sundance Filmmaker’s trophy and his play ‘reasons to be pretty,’ which was nominated for three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Play.

The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy continues its mission of providing metro Detroit 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. Annually, the Theatre Company spends 30% of its overall budget on professional associate guest artists and directors. 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.

Autobahn opens on March 23rd and runs six performances through April 1st, 2012. The Theatre Company’s performances of Autobahn will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W Mc Nichols Detroit, MI 28221 in the Warren Loranger Exhibition Space of the Loranger Architecture building. Adult admission is $18. Student admission is $9. Group tickets are available for parties of 10 or more at $13 per ticket for adults and $5 for students. Please note a $3.00 service fee per order for non-subscribers. No service fees will be charged to students.

Box Office hours of operation are noon through 5:00 p.m.., Tuesday through Friday. The Box Office will move to the Warren Loranger Exhibition Space in the Lorarnger Architecture Building for performances and open 45 minutes prior to curtain. For tickets, call the theatre box office at 313-993-3270 or reserve your tickets online at

Release date: March 22, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.