Detroit Mercy Theatre Company presents "A Bright New Boise"

January 31, 2018

Friday, Feb. 9 performance CANCELLATION NOTICE

Due to the unpredictable weather conditions, The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company announces the cancelation of the Friday, Feb. 9 performance of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise.

Ticket holders can exchange their ticket for another performance by contacting the ticket office at 313-993-3269 or by visiting The Marlene Boll Theatre prior to a performance. See below for upcoming dates and times.

Promotional poster for Detroit Mercy Theatre Company's Samuel D. Hunter’s humorous and heartbreaking comedy A Bright New Boise continues the 47th season of the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Feb. 9-25. Performances will be at The Marlene Boll Theatre inside of the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit.

A Bright New Boise is set in the corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho. Will fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church. Now employed at Hobby Lobby, he attempts to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his son he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works side-by-side Leroy, his adopted brother, Anna, a woman who reads bland fiction, and their manager, Pauline, who tries to find order in the chaos of small business. Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise is an earnest comedy about the meager profits and beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith.

A Bright New Boise will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 11, 18, and 25.
Directed by Professor of Theatre, Arthur J. Beer, Ph.D., the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company’s cast — a mix of resident professionals with students from the acclaimed University of Detroit Mercy acting program — includes professionals Joel Frazee as Will and Maggie Lorenzetti as Pauline. Students include Nina Carlson as Anna, Preston Cornelius as Alex and Christian Plonka as Leroy.

The production team features Assistant Professor Melinda Pacha as the scenic and costume designer, Seth Amadei as lighting designer, Alan Devlin as technical director, and Associate Professor Greg Grobis as managing director. Other members of the production team are Damian Torres-Botello, S.J., as the outreach and audience development coordinator, Evans Tasiopoulos as the ticket office coordinator and photographer, and student Dalton Hahn as stage manager.

A Bright New Boise events and special engagements include:

  • Jan. 31: 7:00-8:30 p.m.: Join Detroit Mercy Theatre Company at the Royal Oak Public Library for "Anatomy of a Scene" – A movie scene. A scene from a play. How do scenes work? The University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company will present an interactive experience about the making of a scene using selections of A Bright New Boise written by Samuel D. Hunter. Learn how a scene is crafted to help move a story forward. Discover how information is presented becomes just as important as the information itself. Uncover how everything is a conscious choice of the writer or director and how each choice brings out meaning.
  • Feb. 7: 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Detroit Mercy Theatre Company will host "Community Show and Tell: Music that Inspires" at the Ferndale Area District Library. Share a song or piece of music that inspires you or your life. This is indeed show and tell, so bring your inspirational piece of music and wax poetic with the Ferndale community about how and why it excites and ignites your soul.
  • Feb. 10: Meet the cast and production team of A Bright New Boise after the performance for Afterglow, a reception celebrating our opening weekend.
  • Feb. 11: Remain after the show as our Detroit Theatre Discussion Project delves into thought provoking insights inspired by our production of Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise. “A Reason to Believe” will center on the examination of why people believe in God. A psychologist, philosopher, a religious studies professor and cast members will take us on an in-depth analysis on belief in a higher power despite life's challenges, struggles and conflicts.
  • Feb. 17: Community Night – All tickets are $10.
  • Feb. 18: Join us after the performance for Act Three – “The Architect of the Actor” – inspired by the style of “Inside the Actors Studio.” This post-show interview with two cast members of A Bright New Boise will reveal inspirations and influences, mentors that encourage their life, and their process for creating their role in this production. If you have ever wanted in-depth insights into the actor, you surely will not want to miss this discussion.
  • Feb. 23: Community Night – All tickets are $10.

More information about events and special engagements can be found at

Tickets to A Bright New Boise 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). All groups of 10 or more receive an exclusive ticket price of $15 per ticket, a $10 savings off the regular price – contact Damian Torres-Botello, S.J., for further details at 313-993-3273.

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company’s 47th season will be presented at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA at 1401 Broadway St. in Detroit. This intimate black box theatre seats an audience between 90-120 people depending on the production. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Due to limited seating, patrons are encouraged to secure their tickets early.

Discounted parking is available in The Z Park located at 225 Gratiot Avenue – use the Grand River Avenue entrance. A credit card is needed to enter the parking structure; a charge is only applied at the time of exit. After the production, be sure to stop by the box office to receive a discount parking voucher.

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Ticket office is located in Room 43 in Reno Hall on University of Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. Hours are Tuesdays – Fridays; Noon – 5 pm. To order tickets call 313-993-3270.

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