October 26, 2016

The Theatre Company of University of Detroit Mercy will launch the second production of its 46th season with the Detroit premiere of Kate Fodor’s drama 100 Saints You Should Know, Nov. 3-20. This play focuses on finding spiritual relevance in a universe full of lost connections. There will be 12 performances at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA, 1401 Broadway Street, in downtown Detroit.

In a world where it is easy to feel lost in translation, we find Theresa, cleaning woman who is surprised by a desire to learn how to pray. We also meet Matthew, a Catholic priest, who is experiencing a reawakening that leaves him stunned and heartbroken.  As Theresa and Matthew search for answers, we find the faint outline of hope in a universe full of lost connections.

“In a time where it is easy to feel lost, set aside and alone, 100 Saints You Should Know reminds us of our deeper connection to the universe and to each other,” said Greg Grobis, managing director for The Theatre Company.

100 Saints You Should Know will feature seven events with The Detroit Theatre Discussion Project (DTDP) that is supported through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The DTDP features five post-show discussions, a pub trivia night and afterglow reception following selected performances. Experts from Detroit Mercy and the community will speak and answer questions about topics related to themes from the production. More information can be found at

“After the show patrons are encouraged to stay, listen, and ask questions with experts from Detroit Mercy and our larger community while discussing the themes inside of the show, then afterwards take advantage of one of our restaurant partners that will save them up to 50% off of food and beverages” said Grobis.

Directed by Arthur J. Beer, The Theatre Company cast — a mix of resident professionals with students from the acclaimed Detroit Mercy acting program — includes Detroit Mercy faculty Grobis as Matthew, professionals Pricia Hicok as Colleen and Linda Rabin-Hammel as Theresa.  Rounding out the cast are Detroit Mercy students Bridget Smith as Abby and Christian Plonka as Garrett.

The production team features Associate Professor Melinda Pacha as the production manager and costume coordinator, Amy Schneider as lighting designer, Andrew Papa as dialect director, Anthony Petrucci as technical director, and Grobis as managing director.

Tickets to 100 Saints You Should Know can be purchased online at or over the phone at 313-993-3270.  Individual ticket prices are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $10 for Veterans and $10 for students (with valid ID). Groups of 15 or more can receive up to a 30% discount on ticket rates.

The Theatre Company is also proud to announce a new Thursday Community Night Series.  During the 2016-17 season, every Thursday performance will celebrate our community with $10 tickets for plays and $15 for the musical.

The Theatre Company’s 46th season will be presented at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA at 1401 Broadway St. Detroit, MI 48226.  This intimate black box theatre seats between 90-140 people depending the production. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Due to limited seating, patrons are encouraged to secure their tickets early.

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Detroit Theatre Discussion Projects:

Saturday, Nov. 5: Afterglow: Mingle after the show with the cast and crew.  Free food and discount drink specials at a local restaurant.

Sunday, Nov. 6: Post-show discussion “The mother-son relationship: When actions are opposite of what one is feeling.” Featuring experts from the Detroit Mercy Psychology Clinic.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Post-show discussion with director Arthur J. Beer, cast and crew.

Friday, Nov. 11: Post-show discussion “Is prayer: speaking, listening, or silence? If speaking or listening, to whom?” Featuring experts from the Detroit Mercy Jesuit community.

Sunday, Nov. 13: Post-show discussion “The Dark Night of the Soul: depression or spiritual desolation.” Featuring faculty from the Detroit Mercy Psychology Department.

Thursday, Nov. 17: Pub Trivia Night: “Religion in the movies” Trivia Night at a local bar following the show. Sponsored by the Detroit Mercy Religious Studies Department.  Free food, discount drinks and prizes!

Sunday, Nov. 20: Post-show discussion “The mother-daughter relationship: How to deal with risky behavior” – Featuring experts and faculty from the Detroit Mercy Psychology Clinic.

More information on these and other preview events at The Detroit Public Library and The Birmingham Baldwin Public Library can be found at

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Christian Plonka as Garrett and Bridget Smith as Abby in 100 Saints You Should Know