News Release

Growing up is hard to do, especially for the parents! ... The UDM Theatre Company presents "Memory House"

The heartwarming comedic drama Memory House will complete The Theatre Company’s 43rd season at the University of Detroit Mercy. Directed by David Regal, this moving account of a daughter, a mother, a paper and a pie is an emotionally charged story of learning and letting go. Kathleen Tolan’s Memory House will run six performances, March 28 through April 6, at the intimate 90 seat setting of the Grounds Coffeehaus on the UDM McNichols campus. Tickets are available by calling 313-­‐993-­‐3270.

Memory House, by Kathleen Tolan, is a dramatic blend of the ingredients that make up the parent/child relationship. Katia, played by Theatre Company newcomer Ashé Lewis (Westland, MI), is a teenage daughter on the cusp of adulthood who is struggling with writing her college entrance essay. As the three-hour deadline looms, she is searching for an elusive context in writing her ‘memory house’. Questioning the choices of her parents and the details of her heritage, Katia prods her adoptive mother, Maggie, played by Equity Guest Artist Stephanie Nichols (Troy, MI), for answers. Maggie is spending the evening baking her first pie, a therapeutic exercise to ease the pain of her divorce from Katia’s father.

Memory House deftly captures that poignant moment when a mother realizes her life’s work is coming to an end, along with the maturing of a daughter’s understanding of her parents, as they both come face to face with the inevitability of growing up.

The New York Times calls Memory House “a captivating emotional ballet that is also a moving demonstration of the strenuous work that goes into good mothering.”

The production team includes Director David Regal (Ferndale, MI), Stage Manager Greg Ettleman (Grosse Pointe, MI), Scenic and Costume Designer Melinda Pacha (Royal Oak, MI), Lighting Designer and Technical Director Rudy Schupebach (Detroit, MI), and Director of Marketing and Management Greg Grobis (Detroit, MI).

Memory House runs March 28, 29 and April, 4, 5 at 8:00 p.m. and March 30 and April 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Grounds Coffee Haus on the McNichols Campus of the University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W McNichols, Detroit 48221. The UDM Alumni afterglow will occur following the performance on Saturday, March 29, 2014 and a talkback will occur with the Director and cast after Sunday March 30, 2014’s performance.

Adult admission is $20. Discount admission for UDM Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Donors and Detroit residents is $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 5:00 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.

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.

Release date: March 23, 2014

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