Detroit Mercy Theatre Company

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Theatre Find Your Light ImageDetroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC) is a collective of artists composed of students, faculty, staff and professional guest artists producing gritty and relevant theatre that entertains and awakens the imagination. Our mission is to train students to develop their intellectual, ethical and practical skills for a creative future. 

DISCOVER productions that explore courage, compassion and connection. Watch how our students COLLABORATE to investigate diverse perspectives with integrity and professionalism. Observe up-and-coming artists hone their SKILLS through compelling performances. Witness how MENTORSHIP unlocks our students' potential. Observe how young scholars apply classroom theory to stage-time practice leading to FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES.

 

 

 

Season 52-Believe!

Airness cover artwork with animated silhouette playing air guitar

Airness

Written by Chelsea Marcantel | directed by Mycah Artis

2022
Oct. 28, 29, 30 and Nov. 4, 5, 6

The Michigan premiere of this charismatic comedy follows a group of air guitar competitors as they move through competitions, love, loss and finding the inner rock star inside themselves. 

Pride & Prejudice cover with two character silhouettes, one proposing marriage

Pride & Prejudice

Written by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen | directed by Sarah Hawkins Rusk

2023
Feb. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

Bold, surprising, boisterous and timely, Pride & Prejudice enters the world of the Bennet family as outspoken sister Lizzy navigates love with the handsome and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy.

 

Unheard Voices artwork showing a montage of African American people in a quadrant, in a painted style

Unheard Voices: Afro-Brazilian Diaspora

Written and directed by Greg Grobis.

2023
April 20, 21, 22, 23

Project created from experiences during the 2022 Fulbright Hays Brazil GPA Trip.

The world premiere of Unheard Voices will illuminate Afro-Brazilian voices while raising awareness of the social, political, spiritual, and cultural experiences that compose communities in Salvador, Bahia - Brazil. In association with the Theatre for Social Change class, this multi-media production will address social justice issues while using methods from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.

 

Poster art by Desiree Kelly. Find out more about the artist at www.desireekellyart.com

 

 

Student Audition Information

DMTC Audience Covid-19 Safety Protocol

The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company is committed to the health and safety of our students and patrons. We have adjusted our health and safety policies as we enter the 2022-23 season. See below for more details:

Vaccines and Testing

The DMTC will no longer require audiences to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend performances.

Masks

Masks are optional although strongly recommended at all performances.

Masks may be required if Wayne County and surrounding communities are in the high or “red” category as defined by the CDC. University of Detroit Mercy masking guidelines: https://www.udmercy.edu/coronavirus/

We ask all audience members to do their part to create a safe environment for everyone. Thank you for supporting our students as they continually grow and expand their skills for their creative futures!

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    Performance Venue: The Marlene Boll Theatre

    Marlene Boll theater

    The Marlene Boll Theatre is the home of The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company.

    Address: 1401 Broadway Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226

    Located inside the Boll Family YMCA, the Marlene Boll Theatre is an intimate theatre space in the heart of downtown Detroit.  Fantastic restaurants, energetic bars, and historic architecture surrounds this thrust style performance space.  You're invited to make an evening of dining, entertainment, and night caps in beautiful downtown Detroit.  Awaken your imagination at with a Detroit Mercy Theatre Company performance! Seating is limited and general admission. Reserve your tickets today!

    Boll Family YMCA Limited Seating 75-140

    inside the theater
    Inside The Marlene Boll Theatre.  The above picture is a view from stage right/house left.

    main section of theater
    Inside The Marlene Boll Theatre.  The above picture is a view from the main section.

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    Ticket Office Information and Prices

    Contact us

    Reno Hall Ticket Office is located in the lower level room 43.

    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The Ticket Office will open at The Marlene Boll Theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain and will stay open through intermission of each performance.

    Tickets can be purchased on the following website beginning Sept. 30, 2022. 

    www.DetroitMercyArts.com

    Ticket Prices 

    Individual Ticket Packages

    Individual ticket packages

    • Adult Ticket - Play: $25; Musical: $30
    • Senior Tickets - Play: $18; Musical: $22
    • Faculty/Staff and Alumni Tickets - Play: $18; Musical: $22
    • Student and Veteran Tickets (with valid ID) - Play: $10; Musical: $15

     

    Other Ticket Prices

    Other ticket prices

    • Community Nights - Play ticket: $10; Musical ticket: $15

     

    *Please note that a $3 service fee is included in each ticket to cover ticket and processing costs.

     

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    Theatre Company Policies

    Policies

    DMTC Audience Covid-19 Safety Protocol

    The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company is committed to the health and safety of our students and patrons. We have adjusted our health and safety policies as we enter the 2022-23 season. See below for more details:

    Vaccines and Testing: The DMTC will no longer require audiences to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend performances.

    Masks: Masks are optional although strongly recommended at all performances.

    Masks may be required if Wayne County and surrounding communities are in the high or “red” category
    as defined by the CDC. University of Detroit Mercy masking guidelines: https://www.udmercy.edu/coronavirus/

    We ask all audience members to do their part to create a safe environment for everyone. Thank you for supporting our students as they continually grow and expand their skills for their creative futures!

    Accessibility: The Boll Family YMCA is accessible to people using wheelchairs or with restricted mobility. Wheelchair accessible seats are available at The Marlene Boll Theatre.  Please contact the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Ticket Office prior to performance to make arrangements.

    Cameras and Recording Devices: Patrons' private use of cameras, with or without flash, and the private use of recording devices is prohibited. No audio or video equipment of any kind is allowed in the theatre. The Marlene Boll Theatre and the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management reserves the right to confiscate equipment for the duration of the performance or evict violators when necessary. Exceptions may be made for news media, or other production media when advance arrangements are made with the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management.

    Cell Phones and Personal Electronic Devices: Please turn all personal electronic devices and cell phones OFF (not to vibrate).  The House Manager will ask you to turn off your device during the show.  Please note our policy on Objectionable Patrons.

    Children (infants): The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management believes in exposing young people to theatre and the arts at an early and appropriate age. However, management encourages the following guidelines:

    1. In all cases, infants and babes in arms are not permitted. 

    2. All attendees of a performance, regardless of age, are required to have a ticket 
and be able to sit in a theatre chair or a wheelchair. 

    3. Adults who bring small children into the theatre who become disruptive to 
surrounding patrons will be asked to leave the theatre. 


    Exchanges: For tickets of equal or greater value, contact the Ticket Office at least 24 hours before the performance.  Any ticket returns within 24 hours of a performance will be processed as a donation for a tax receipt.  Exchanges only permitted for another performance during each season.  A service charge of $3.00 per ticket applies.  Any difference in price will be charged accordingly.

    Food and Beverage: Food and drink are not allowed inside of the Marlene Boll Theatre.

    Hearing Assistance Devices: The Marlene Boll Theatre is not equipped with a hearing assistance program. 

    Late seating policy: There will be no late seating after 10 minutes from the start of any performance and at the discretion of the house manager. Late patrons can receive a tax receipt for the value or exchange for another performance.

    Lost and Found: Any items found in the facility will be held at the front desk of the Boll Family YMCA, and can be recovered with appropriate identification (if necessary). After 14 days, all items will be donated.

    Objectionable Patrons: The Marlene Boll Theatre and the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Management reserves the right to eject, or cause to be ejected from the premises any person or persons whose behavior is offensive to other patrons or whose actions are harassing in nature, or whose actions are harmful to the facilities and the safety and security of other persons.  The Boll Family YMCA Management will not be liable to Patrons for any damages that might incur through the execution of this right.

    Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit buildings including the Boll Family YMCA.

    Tickets are non-refundable: Tickets may be turned in prior to the performance and applied as a donation to The Theatre Company to receive a tax receipt for their value or exchanged for another performance - see below.

    Unpaid Tickets:  All unpaid ticket reservations will be released back to the public 5 minutes prior to performance time.

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    Parking Information

    Street Parking

    Street parking is available around The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA. Please follow all street parking signs.  Free Parking on Sundays. Consider paying for your street parking with parkdetroit.us.

    Best Option

    the Z$7 flat parking at the The Z Lot: Entrances on Grand River Ave. and Gratiot Ave.
    Patrons parking at The Z Lot will use a credit card to enter the structure and park.  While at the Theatre Company performance patrons need to collect a The Z Lot coupon for the $7 parking rate.  Present coupon while checking out of the parking structure to receive $7 parking rate.

    Other Options

    Greektown Casino – Free parking most days. Walk 6 blocks to the Boll Theatre or take the People Mover to the Broadway stop. NOTE: As of spring 2020, Detroit People Mover service was suspended until further notice (due to pandemic-related reduced ridership). Check ahead on thepeoplemover.com.

    MGM Grand Casino  – Free parking. Then Uber or Lyft, $6-$10 each way

    Motor City Casino – Free parking. Then Uber or Lyft, $6-$10 each way

    Mario’s Italian Restaurant – Free Shuttle if you dine before the show. 4222 Second St. 313.832.1616 call for reservations and details.

    Validated parking

    Validated parking is available by dining at these establishments:

    Hard Rock Café - 45 Monroe St (Validates for free parking at the Compuware Parking Garage)

    Wright & Co.  - 1500 Woodward Ave (The Z Lot)

    Standby - 225 Gratiot Avenue (The Z Lot)

    Joe Muir Seafood – GM Ren Cen (People Mover to the Broadway stop)

    Andiamo Detroit Riverfront - GM Ren Cen (People Mover to the Broadway stop)

    Granite City Food & Brewery - GM Ren Cen (People Mover to the Broadway stop)

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    Restaurant Partners

    Audience members who show a ticket or program from the day of a Theatre Company performance will receive up to 50% off food and beverages.  Offers vary by restaurant.

    La Feria - Spanish Tapas: 10% off entire bill

    The Detroit Beer Co: 20% off entire bill

     

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    Become a donor

    Ticket sales pay for only 60% of our production costs. With the help of devoted theatre supporters and the generosity of grant makers we are able to close the gap and continue to excel in ways only our theatre can. Help us continue our tradition of outstanding theatre at an affordable price by pledging a contribution today.

    Below is our Donor Levels for 2022-2023. Tax-deductible contributions provide better productions for our students and audience. Scholarship contributions are needed as well and go directly to the students to help with educational costs.

    Your gift to the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company qualifies as an itemized tax deduction under federal law and as a tax credit under Michigan law. Your generous support truly makes a difference in the quality of programs we are able to offer. To make a donation or for more information please contact Managing Director Greg Grobis at 313-993-3269.

    Donor Levels

    2021 - 2022 Donors

    Angel ($5,000-and up)

    • Anonymous
    • Thomas E. Page '71, '76
    • Matt Williams and Angelina Fiordellisi

    Producers ($1,000-$2499)

    • Greg Grobis
    • Dave Koukal and Sharon Vlahovich

    Directors ($500-$999)

    • Don Burkholder
    • Ilse Calgagno
    • Doris A. Goleniak
    • Cheryl A. Harvey
    • Barbara and Edward Klarman Philanthropic Fund
    • Robert Rogowski and Claire Boyce
    • Rene Saenz & Two Men and a Truck
    • Heather Hill and Stephen Manning

    Sponsors ($250-$499)

    • Anonymous
    • Keegan-Michael Key
    • Gary D. Lichtman
    • Gary and Mary Markwardt
    • Brigette R. Murphy-Barbee and Richard Barbee

    Contributors ($100-$249)

    • Dr. Blair Anderson and Melinda Pacha
    • Mark Denham and Karen Tumblin
    • Neville D’Sousa
    • Alex & Patricia Gajewski
    • Tom Jensen
    • Delvin Johnston
    • Maurice Kenney
    • Dr. James Louis McDonald
    • Harriet Saperstein
    • Judith G. Shirley
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    Sponsors

    The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company announces new sponsorship levels for their 2021-2022 season. For more information about becoming a sponsor please contact Managing Director Greg Grobis at 313-993-3269.

    For sponsorship levels details, please call 313-993-3269

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    Past productions

    University of Detroit Mercy

    PRODUCTION HISTORY (1971– 2022)

    Award Winning Productions & World, Midwest or Michigan Premieres

    Overview: 33 award-winning shows, 66 Premieres, 241 productions

    The Tempest – Child’s Play – Lysistrata – You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown – All That Fall – A View From the Bridge – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Comedy of Errors – Of Mice and Men – Abelard & Heloise – The Horse – Luv – Rashomon – Othello – Wizard of Oz – Dylan – Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Little Me – A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream – Blood Wedding – The Trial – Godspell – Arsenic and Old Lace – The Me Nobody Knows – Macbeth – Charley’s Aunt – Inquest – Trojan Women – Two Gentlemen of Verona – House of Blue Leaves – U.S.A – A Cry of Players – A Streetcar Named Desire – Taming of the Shrew – Boys in the Band – Brig – Vanities – The Runner Stumbles – Christmas Carol – Lower Depths – Little Mary Sunshine – Irma La Douce – Benito Cereno – Caucasian Chalk Circle – Imaginary Invalid – Moonchildren – As You  Like It – Fantasticks – Medal of Honor Rag  – Great White Hope – Private Lives – Once Upon a Mattress – Medea et la Force de Voodoo – American Buffalo – Captain Cook – Light Up the Sky – La Ronde – Devour the Snow – Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds – Apple Tree – Butley – Terra Nova – Arms and the Man – Home – Man of La Mancha – Lady From Dubuque – Waltz of the Toreadors – Heat – Amahl and the Night Visitors – Waiting for the Parade – Kismet – Wise Child – PhilemonPaul RobesonCome Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy DeanMass Appeal – Tartuffe – Glass Menagerie – Concerning Poor B. B. – What I Did Last Summer – Lion in Winter – Boesman and Lena – Mister Roberts – Talking WithAccidental Death of an Anarchist – Wizard Oz – Holy Ghosts – Creeps – Who’s Afraid of Virginia WoolfOn the Verge – Bury the Dead – Loot – A Taste of Honey – Grandma Duck is Dead – Orphans – Malice Aforethought: The Sweet Trials – Cradle Song – Wild Honey – Foreigner – Lily Dale – Total Abandon – Servant of Two Masters – Two – Enter Laughing – Strange SnowShooting Stars – A Different Moon – Talk Radio – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – T-Bone ‘N WeaselEarly One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille – Two by Two – Vital Signs – Boys Life – In the Belly of the BeastMuseum Speed of DarknessLloyd’s Prayer – Rimers of Eldritch – Criminal Hearts – Women in Bars – White Rose – Dresser – A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich – Jugger’s Rain – Pick Up Ax – Woyzeck – Tent MeetingSix Women With Brain DeathSteel MagnoliasGravity of HoneyRoomers Day Room5 Women Wearing the Same Dress – Love Letters – All in the Timing  - My Sister in this House – Time of Your Life – Drinking in America On the Open Road – Sly Fox – Below the BeltHome FiresGreensboro: a Requiem Zara Spook and Other Lures Little Joe MonaghanBlue Window – A Lie of the Mind – Steward of Christendom – Chekhov – Wayside Motor Inn – Biloxi Blues – Death of a Salesman – Skylarks – Dumb Winter  - King Korn Trio – The Lark – Stop KissBrutality of FactBetween Daylight and Boonville – Race – Last Train to Nibroc – Sand Mountain – Member of the Wedding – The Children’s of Fact – Grandma Duck is Dead – Frannie’s Way – Runner Stumbles – DivinersLobby HeroGlory of Living – Robber Bridegroom – Moonlight RoomCycling Past the MatterhornA Patch of Earth – Godspell – Our Town – Sez She – Of Mice and Men – Polish Joke – Malice Aforethought: The Sweet Trials – Urinetown – Glass Menagerie – Back of the Throat – And Neither Have I Wings to Fly – The Play About the Baby – The Sunshine Boys – How I Learned to Drive – Speech and Debate – The Threepenny Opera – The Winning StreakThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Recent Tragic Events – Unheard Voices - Trying – Keely and Du – Cabaret – A Life in the Theatre – The Tempest – Eleemosynary – Anatomy of Gray – Dogman’s Last Stand – AutobahnNone of the Above – The Empire Builders – Wings – A Cabaret ShowcaseJordan Anderson Writes A LetterPvt. WarsThis Is How It GoesSomebody/Nobody – Memory House – The Best of Enemies – It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – The Whale – It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play – Low Hanging Fruit – An Evening With David L. Regal – Alabama Story100 Saints You Should Know – Bus Stop – Avenue Q – Preview 47 – A Bright Room Called Day – A Bright New BoiseThe Complete History of America (abridged) – Preview 48 - Wittenberg - War of the Worlds The Panic Broadcast – American Privilege – Young Frankenstein – Silent Sky – Ebenezer – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown – Project TikTok – Mock Theatre Production – Hitchcocked! An Audio Serial – One Act Play Festival - Antigone - The Norwegians - The Addams Family Musical

     

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  • 1877

    First Theatre Production

  • 1970

    Theatre Company Founded

  • 52

    Theatre Company Seasons

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