Palmer Park coming to the Hilberry

Palmer Park

Palmer Park plays at the Hilberry Theatre May 21 through May 29, 2010

The Hilberry Theatre is proud to partner with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in presenting the United States professional premiere of Palmer Park by Joanna McClelland Glass.  The issues of integration, education, and diversity are considered in this powerful play; it is a production that is sure to make audiences think about the changes that have occurred in the city of Detroit in the last forty years.

In 2008, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival premiered Palmer Park, a play about two families one white and one black who are neighbors in a small neighborhood in Detroit.  The play focuses on what they have in common as much as their differences.  In the years following the racial disturbances of 1967, they adjust to a new way of life, a life filled with more questions than answers.

Palmer Park plays at the Hilberry Theatre for six performances between May 21 and May 29.  Performances are May 21 (7:30 p.m. curtain), May 22 (12:00 p.m.), May 23 (2:00 p.m.), May 27 (2 p.m.), May 28 (7:30 p.m.), and May 29 (7:30 p.m.).

An associated symposium, Detroit Then and Now, brings together prominent community leaders to discuss the issues of diversity, housing, education, and neighborhood dynamics.  Audiences are encouraged to engage during this landmark event, with a reception to follow. Tickets to the symposium are $5.00. It will take place on May 22 at 2:30 p.m. (following the 12:00 p.m. performance).  There are also talkbacks scheduled following the May 21, 23 and 27 performances.

The cast includes:

Connell Brown Jr. (Detroit, MI), Jason Echols (Oak Park, MI), Casaundra Freeman (Detroit, MI), Milica Govich (Birmingham, MI), Patrick Moltane (St. Clair Shores, MI), Phil Powers (Ann Arbor, MI), Linda Ramsay (Commerce Twp., MI), Greg Trzaskoma (Warren, MI), Toni Walker (Belleville, MI), Inga R. Wilson (Ferndale, MI), Yolanda Fleischer (West Bloomfield, MI).

The production team includes:

Yolanda Fleischer (Director), Harold Jurkiewicz*(Production Stage Manager), Mary Copenhagen (Costume Designer), Christopher Otwell (Scenic Designer), Diane Ulseth (Properties Designer), Patrick Field (Sound/Projection Designer), Curt Green (Lighting Designer/Technical Director), Kelly O’Connor (Hilberry Publicist).

*Appears by special permission of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Playwright Joanna McClelland Glass's Palmer Park home

Playwright Joanna McClelland Glass's Palmer Park home

Palmer Park is co-sponsored by the Anti Defamation League, the Ravitz Program for Confronting anti-Semitism, MASCO Corporation, Detroit Public TV (Channel 56), Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, WDIV/Detroit Local 4, WDET, Detroit Jewish News, Michigan Chronicle, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, CBS Outdoor and Encore Michigan.

Group discounts and corporate packages are available.  Ticket prices are $25.00 regular and $20.00 discount.  Discount price is available to students with ID, senior citizens 62+, WSU faculty, staff and Alumni Association Members. To purchase tickets, please call (313) 577-2972 or visit the Wayne State University Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Cass Avenue and Hancock.  Performance information and tickets may also be obtained by visiting the Theatre’s websites at and


Author Joanna McClelland Glass will speak at a Gala/Fundraiser event back in her beloved Detroit neighborhood.  Join us for a champagne reception beginning at 6 p.m. on April 13, 2010. Tickets start at $50.00 and are available by calling (248)788-2900.

2008, Stratford Shakespeare Festival production

2008, Stratford Shakespeare Festival production

Palmer Park performance breakdown: May 21, 2010 – May 29, 2010

Thursday 2 p.m.   May 27*

Friday 7:30 p.m.   May 21*, 28

Saturday 12 p.m.   May 22

Saturday 7:30 p.m.   May 29

Sunday 2:00 p.m.   May 23*

* Designates talkback dates.

Talkback moderators include: (Subject to change)

May 21 – Pam Halliday and Donald Vest

May 23 – Betsy Kellman and Bankole Thompson

May 27 – Tom Costello

Symposium panel includes: (Subject to change)

May 22 – Paula Tutman (moderator), Kurt Metzger, Douglas Ross, Cliff Schrupp, and Shirley Stancato


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