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Shhh! Neil LaBute's Comedy-drama "This is How it Goes" Wrestles Racism, Bigotry and Even Love Itself

Neil LaBute's sophisticatedly structured drama This Is How It Goes continues the UDM Theatre Company's season. Directed by Greg Grobis, This Is How It Goes runs November 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m. and November 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. at the Marygrove Theatre (8425 W McNichols Rd., Detroit). LaBute unblinkingly challenges the notions of gender, ethnicity and even love itself in this fast paced 90-minute play which is unpredictable at every turn.

The truth is often in the eye of the beholder, and Neil LaBute’s This is How It Goes draws audiences’ attention to some ugly truths, to be considered from more than one of perspective.  Hot button issues of racism, abuse, and deceit are exposed through the narrator’s interpretation of events. After moving back to his hometown, he runs into his high school crush, Belinda, who is married to her high school boyfriend Cody. Cody is rich, black and different according to Belinda, and their marriage is not a happy one. As the trio becomes reacquainted, matters between them appear to be black and white, but appearances couldn’t be farther from the truth. Powerful, profane and above all unpredictable, This Is How It Goes is a devastating exploration of the myriad ways in which the wild card of race is played by both black and white in America.

The cast features Theatre Company Alumni Patrick O’Cronin (Bloomfield, MI) as the Man and Narrator opposite associate guest artist Henrí D. Franklin (Redford, MI) as Cody and UDM new comer Claire Hardy (Madison Heights, MI) as Woman (Belinda). The production crew includes Director Greg Grobis (Detroit, MI), new-comer Stage Mangaer Greg Ettleman (Battle Creek, MI), Scenic and Costume Designer Melinda Pacha (Royal Oak, MI), Technical Director Rudy Schupebach (Detroit, MI) and Director of Marketing and Management Greg Grobis (Detroit, MI).

Patrick Cronin is a graduate of the UDM Theatre Company who has appeared at Meadowbrook, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, and nearly every experimental theatre in town. An equity candidate, Patrick has also appeared in film and on television. For eight years he was a member of the Classic Theatre in Greece program.

Henrí D. Franklin is making his Theatre Company debut. After graduating from Wayne State University’s undergraduate program, Henrí moved to L.A. and had a successful career that featured roles on Days Of Our Lives, Beyond The Mask and Division 19.  After returning to Michigan, Henrí was seen as A-K on AMC’s Low Winter Sun.  His other commercial, voice over and stage work all have accumulated to a incredible career which is perfect for his role as a mentor to the students in The Theatre Company program.

The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy continues its mission of providing the Metro Detroit community with thoughtful, high-quality and professional productions while centering on social justice issues in our community. The Theatre Company offers students of the Performing Arts Department the opportunity to work on and off stage with theater 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.

This Is How It Goes opens on November 15 and runs six performances through November 24, 2013. The Theatre Company’s performances are held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Marygrove Theatre on the campus of Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols Rd. in Detroit. The UDM Alumni afterglow will occur following Saturday, November 16, 2013. Each performance will have a brief talkback.

Adult admission is $20. Discount admission for UDM Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Donors and Detroit residents are $17.  Student admission is $10. UDM and Marygrove student admission is $5. Group tickets are available for parties of 10 or more. Contact Lisa Rybak at 313-993-3270 for group pricing.

Box Office hours of operation are NOON through 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The box Office will move to the theater for performances and open one hour prior to curtain. For tickets, call the theater box office at 313-993-3270. For more information visit us online at theatre.udmercy.edu or www.facebook.com/udmtheatre.

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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 13th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest universities in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges."

Publish date: November 13, 2013