News Release

Theatre Company Announces 42nd Season!

The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy announces its 2012-2013 season. Continuing its primary commitment to bringing thoughtful, high-quality professional theatre to the Metro Detroit community for 42 years. The Theatre Company’s 42nd season will include None of the Above, The Empire Builders, Wings and A Cabaret of Theresa Rebeck’s Play.

None of the Above:
In which situation does affluent, high school senior Jamie, who bombed her first attempt at the SAT as a result of academic apathy become enlightened by a unsympathetic tutor named Clark resulting in an unusual pact between two unlikely partners in crime?

  • A snappy new comedy.
  • A Faustian bargain.
  • Direction by Arthur J. Beer.
  • A play by Jenny Lyn Bader.
  • None of the Above

None of the Above will run October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at the Marygrove Theatre.

The Empire Builders:
French novelist, composer, poet and playwright Boris Vian invites us to observe a world where the DuPont family allows fear of the unknown to overtake their human experience. Through a combination of pure anxiety, tense humor and unbridled aggression, Leon DuPont fears for his family’s life as he forces them to flee from an unseen terrifying threat. In a progression of mounting terror and the blackest of comedy, the family releases their frustration in a frightening hysterical fashion. Directed by Theater Company Alum Kate Peckham and featuring John Manfredi, The Empire Builders will run November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at the Marygrove Theatre.

Arthur Kopit’s Wings explores the strange, terrifying and shattered world of Emily Stinson, who is suddenly faced with the desperate need to comprehend and make sense of her surroundings, her physical being and of her own mind. Emily must face the frustrating and deeply disturbing challenges of her new life as a stroke patient. Wings is an emotionally powerful experience; a magnificent adventure into the mind and a revelation of the strength and mystery of the human spirit. Directed by David L. Regal, Wings will run February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2013 at the Marygrove Theatre.

A Cabaret of Theresa Rebeck’s Plays:
Currently one of the hottest playwrights of our time, Theresa Rebeck’s work over the last decade has received Emmy and Pulitzer Prize nominations and has won Edgar Allen Poe and Writers Guild of America awards. The current executive writer on NBC’s SMASH, Ms. Rebeck’s works are swimming with intimate conversations centering on present day drama in family relationships. Directed by the faculty of The Theatre Company and featuring students and faculty, A Cabaret of Theresa Rebeck’s Plays will be full of drama and will offer the audience many humorous outlets on topics that affect us all. A Cabaret of Theresa Rebeck’s Plays will run April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 in the Grounds Café in the lower level of the UDM Student Union Building.

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 you 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 begin September 1, 2011. 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.

The Theatre Company’s performances of None of the Above, The Empire Builders and Wings will be at the Marygrove Theatre on the campus of Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols Rd. A Cabaret of Theresa Rebeck’s Plays will be performed in the Grounds Café in the lower level of the UDM Student Union Building on the UDM McNichols campus, 4001 W McNichols Rd, Detroit Mi 48221.

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. 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. To subscribe, or for more information, call the theatre box office at (313) 993-3270, or reserve tickets online at

Release date: August 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.