Detroit Mercy Theatre Company

Season 54: Awaken your Imagination

Poster of Witch


Directed by Krista Schafer

Oct. 25, 26, 27 and Nov. 1, 2, 3

In the quaint village of Edmonton, a beguiling devil offers to fulfill residents' darkest wishes in exchange for their souls, targeting outcast Elizabeth. But as their encounters ignite unexpected passions and challenge notions of worth, alliances form and the village undergoes a transformative journey in this modern retelling of a Jacobean drama.

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The Glass Menagerie

Directed by Joe Bailey

Feb. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company brings Tennessee Williams’ classic American play to life with The Glass Menagerie. Set in St. Louis during the 1930s, the play follows the struggles of the Wingfield family as they navigate dreams, desires, and the delicate balance between reality and illusion.

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The Grown Ups

Directed by Andrew Papa

April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

Under the starlit sky, as camp counselors struggle with tension brewing and sinister secrets lurking beyond the forest's edge, The Grown Ups delves into the struggle to shape tomorrow's leaders amidst looming uncertainty and fraught relationships.

About Detroit Mercy Theatre Company

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.

Learn more about University of Detroit Mercy's Department of Performing Arts here.




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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! Reserve your tickets today!

    Seating: Seating is general admission and is limited by show.

    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 at 313-993-3270 or prior to performance to make arrangements.

    Social Narrative: Visiting the Marlene Boll Theatre

    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.


    Ticket Office Information and Prices

    Ticket Office Hours 

    Location: DMTC's Ticket Office is located in Briggs 121 on Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus.

    Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m (September-April). The ticket office is closed during the summer holiday. Tickets can be purchased anytime online at

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

    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 (ages 6-college) and Veteran Tickets (with valid ID) - Play: $10; Musical: $15

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

    Have a group? 

    Discounts are available for groups larger than 10. Contact the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Ticket Office at 313-993-3270 or prior to performance to make arrangements.

    High School Students

    High school students and guests receive free tickets to Detroit Mercy Theatre Company shows!  Contact the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Ticket Office at 313-993-3270 or prior to performance to make arrangements.


    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

    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 enter the structure and park. The Z Lot uses license plate technology to capture your license plate. While at the Theatre Company performance, visit the ticket office to receive a QR code to scan on your mobile device to validate your parking and receive the $7 parking rate. Please note that the Z Lot does not accept cash, nor are there attendants on site. 

    Other Options

    Greektown Casino – Free parking most days. Walk 6 blocks to the Boll Theatre or take the People Mover to the Broadway stop. Check ahead on

    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:

    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)


    Theatre Company 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 policies for the upcoming season. 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!
    • 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 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:

    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 at 313-993-3270 or prior to performance to make arrangements.

    Late seating policy: There will be no late seating after 15 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.

    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:

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

    • 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. 

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

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

    Large Print Programs: Large print programs are available from ushers during performances. 

    Hearing Assistance Devices: Detroit Mercy Theatre Company has a limited amount of assisted listening devices available for patrons to use during the show at no charge. An ID or credit card is required to "check out" a device, which will be given back when the device is returned to the ticket office. Visit the ticket office prior to the performance to secure a device.

    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.

    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.


    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.

    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 Anna Dietrich at 313-993-1429 or

    To donate to the Black Box Theatre Project, visit here.


    Past Productions

    University of Detroit Mercy

    For more information about our past shows, including photos, visit our Facebook page.

    PRODUCTION HISTORY (1971– 2024)

    Award Winning Productions & World, Midwest or Michigan Premieres

    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 – Project TikTok – Mock Theatre Production – Hitchcocked! An Audio Serial – One Act Play Festival - Antigone - The Norwegians - The Addams Family Musical - AirnessPride and Prejudice Unheard Voices: Afro-Brazilian Diaspora - A Year with Frog and Toad - Photograph 51 - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)[revised][again]


    Anti-Racist Theatre Policy & Land Acknowledgment

    Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Land Acknowledgment can be found here: UDM's Land Acknowledgment

    Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Antiracist Theatre Statement


    In the Department of Performing Arts at the University of Detroit Mercy and Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC), we strive to be inclusive, equitable, and open.  

    Detroit is one of the largest majority Black cities in the United States, with approximately 77.9% of residents who participated in the most recent Census identifying as Black.The Detroit metropolitan area includes communities and peoples of various ethnicities, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and religions, which in turn is reflected in our student body, alumni, faculty and staff, and audiences. 

    Despite this diversity, we acknowledge that the Department of Performing Arts and DMTC has historically prioritized whiteness at the disservice of the students and communities of color it serves. We acknowledge that systemic racism is pervasive, and that academic and theatrical communities require transformative measures in order to sustain student artists. 

    We stand with diverse communities in the pursuit of equity and justice.  In order to create a more just and equitable theatre, and to provide the best learning environment for all students, we acknowledge there must be active change. Through concrete policy and structural changes outlined below that promote accountability, transparency, and trust, we pledge to work towards an anti-racist theatre. This policy will be reviewed annually and updated in both our Student Handbook and online. Additionally, our progress will be tracked through our yearly End of the Year report in May. 

    1 “U. S. Census Bureau Quick Facts.” U.S. Census Bureau. U.S. Department of Commerce.



    In addition to ongoing work and discussion, we commit ourselves to the following actions. 

    We commit to creating a safe and inviting academic experience for all students.  This includes: 

    • Expanding syllabi and learning tools to include important figures, authors, and artists from diverse and under-represented communities; 
    • Engaging faculty and staff in yearly antiracist professional development workshops; 
    • Revisiting our mentorship guidelines to remove barriers that might impede diverse voices;  
    • Re-examining our hiring process and support system for our adjunct professors to create space for diverse applicants and faculty; 
    • Supporting the University of Detroit Mercy’s ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; 
    • Partnering with the University of Detroit Mercy’s office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the effort to make our campus an inclusive and equitable place for all. 

    We commit to restructuring our production process to include diverse and under-represented voices.  This includes: 

    • Hiring diverse professional guest artists; 
    • Providing equitable pay for professional guest artists; 
    • Creating systems of support for professional guest artists; 
    • Revising our season selection process to include diverse voices; 
    • Choosing theatrical works that are relevant to under-represented communities; 
    • Employing race transcendent casting practices when race is not a factor in the play as dictated by the script, and color conscious casting practices when race is a factor as dictated by the script.   

    We commit to continued evaluation of both this statement and our practices as an academic department and theatrical company as we grow and learn in our pursuit of anti-racism. 

    We understand that antiracism is ever evolving and requires continued actionable and transformative change.

    Updated 7.31.2023 



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  • 1877

    First Theatre Production

  • 1970

    Theatre Company Founded

  • 54

    Theatre Company Seasons