Moon Over Buffalo – A Riotously Funny Backstage Farce

Moon Over BuffaloDETROIT On February 21, 2014, the Hilberry Theatre’s 51st season continues with Moon Over Buffalo, Ken Ludwig’s riotously funny backstage farce. The opening night performance also coincides with the 2014-15 Hilberry Theatre Season Announcement. Tickets for Moon Over Buffalo range from $12–$30 and are available by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at 313- 577-2972, online at, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock Street.

Set in Buffalo, NY in 1953, the play centers around fading actors George and Charlotte Hay as they struggle to reignite the flame of fame, attempting to save their touring repertory theatre company…and their marriage! This hilariously funny Green Room comedy piles hysterical misunderstandings on top of madcap misadventures. George and Charlotte have just one last chance at fame, if only they can figure out which show they are performing!

Premiering on Broadway in 1995, the original production heralded Carol Burnett’s return to the Great White Way after a 30-year absence. Playwright Ken Ludwig is known for his notoriously clever dialogue and frequent use of theatrically specific allusions and situations. Lend Me a Tenor, Ludwig’s best known play, has been translated into over 15 languages and has been performed worldwide. Featuring countless jokes, one-liners and swordfights, Moon Over Buffalo is a fast-paced and highly physical comedy that is certain to evoke uproarious laughter from audiences of all ages.

Join us on Opening Night Friday, February 21 for the 2014-15 Hilberry Season Announcement! The evening will include pre-show events and contests as well as ticket giveaways. The performance will be immediately followed by the announcement of the 2014-15 Hilberry season and a reception with the Hilberry Company. Current Hilberry Subscribers are welcome to call the box office today to exchange their subscription tickets to join us for this exciting evening!

The Hilberry Theatre is proud to partner with Detroit Passport to the Arts in, “introducing the next generation of arts and culture enthusiasts to metro Detroit’s vital arts community.” The 8:00 p.m. performance of Moon Over Buffalo on March 29, 2014 is Destination 5 in the DP2A 2013-14 Season.

Cast (in alphabetical order):

Megan Barbour (Ethel), Bevin Bell-Hall (Charlotte Hay), Miles Boucher (Paul), Danielle Cochrane (Rosalind), Brandon Grantz (Howard), Brent Griffith (George Hay), Sarah Hawkins Moan (Eileen), Brandy Joe Plambeck (Richard).

Production Team:

Blair Anderson (Director), Courtney Rasor (Stage Manager), Sarah Drum (Asst. Stage Manager), Max Amitin (Scenic Design), John D. Woodland (Costume Designer), Leah McCall (Lighting Designer), Brian Dambacher (Technical Director), Michael “Mick” Keathley, II (Sound Designer), Tonae Mitsuhashi  (Properties Master), Heather DeFauw (Master Electrician), Kevin Replinger (Publicity Manager).


About the Hilberry Theatre Company

Wayne State University’s Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance serves students as a nexus of performance, production, and research in the fields of dance, theatre, and performance studies. It provides a wide choice of degree programs that allow students the flexibility to study these disciplines broadly or to concentrate more specifically in performance, design, or management. The Hilberry Theatre hosts a professional theatre company that is staffed by graduate students and runs on a rotating repertory schedule.  Each academic year, about forty graduate students receive assistantships to work for the Hilberry Theatre and study for advanced degrees. The company performs and produces an annual season of six plays, including high school matinees for nearly 6,000 students. For box office hours and information on performances, tickets, group discounts, and corporate packages, visit the theatre’s website at

Hilberry Theatre – Classic Theatre. Classic Detroit.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 29,000 students.


Moon Over Buffalo
By Ken Ludwig

Calendar Information:

Wednesday 2 p.m.      February 26 (Postshow Talkback)
Thursday 8 p.m.          February 27 (Preshow Discussion), March 27, April 3

Friday 8 p.m.               February 21 (Opening Night), February 28, March 28, April 4
Saturday 2 p.m.           February 22, March 29

Saturday 8 p.m.          February 22, March 1, March 29, April 5


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