HILBERRY’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD TO BE ADDED TO THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY THEATRE ON FILM AND TAPE ARCHIVE

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Brandy Joe Plambeck and Annie Keris. Photo by Bruce Giffin.

DETROIT – The Hilberry Theatre Company is delighted to announce that its critically–acclaimed production of William Congreve’s The Way of the World will be recorded for inclusion in the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The Archive has been an integral part of theatre history and research since 1970, with a mandate to “preserve live theatrical productions and document the creative contributions of distinguished artists and legendary figures of the theatre.”

Theatre and Dance Chair John Wolf states, “The filming is an incredible opportunity for the Company to have its work preserved and available for future viewers to enjoy.”

The Way of the World is the pinnacle of Restoration Comedy,” states director Lavinia Hart, “and I am so privileged to have been given this opportunity and thrilled to have this production receive such appreciation from our audiences and from the press. Having this production accepted for inclusion in a prestigious national archive is beyond anything imagined. I am so very proud of what the Hilberry Theatre Company and I have accomplished together in bringing this beautiful production to life for Detroit, and now for generations to come, too.”

Michael Phillip Thomas and Bevin Bell-Hall. Photo by Bruce Giffin.

Michael Phillip Thomas and Bevin Bell-Hall.
Photo by Bruce Giffin

The Way of the World will return for four remaining performances at the Hilberry, March 5 through March 7. The production promises a delightful visual and literary feast, with period specific costuming and scenic design creating English homes and associated locations.

Local critics have praised the Hilberry’s production, with John Monagahan of the Detroit Free Press calling the production “an especially impressive undertaking for the Hilberry… a talented ensemble,” while Patty Nolan of the Examiner awarded the play five stars.

This comedy of manners is focused on social behavior, manipulation, and life in high society London households. The story skewers the stratified world of serving and aristocratic classes at the turn of the 18th century, with an emphasis on verbal wit and complicated romantic attractions. Such stories remain fascinating to our more democratic accessibilities, most notably witnessed in popular captivation with series including Downton Abbey.

Cast (in alphabetical order):
Bevin Bell-Hall (Lady Wishfort), Miles Boucher (Fainall), Devri Chism (Foible/Peg/Soloist), Julian David Colletta (Coachman/Footman/Messenger), Santino Craven (Sir Wilful Witwoud), Brandon Grantz (Coachman/Footman/Messenger), Logan Hart (Footman), Kyle Mitchell Johnson (Mirabell), Annie Keris (Mistress Millamant), Michael Manocchio (Witwoud), Sarah Hawkins Moan (Mistress Fainall), Taylor Morrow (Footwoman), Brandy Joe Plambeck (Petulant), Mary Sansone (Betty/Mincing), Anna Seibert (Footwoman), Mike Suchyta (Footman), Michael Phillip Thomas (Waitwell), Tiffany Michelle Thompson (Mistress Marwood).

Production Team:
Lavinia Hart (Director), Nira Pullin (Choreographer & Period Movement), Sarah Drum (Stage Manager), Lyndee Hallahan (Assistant Stage Manager), Sarah Pearline (Set Designer), Anne Suchyta (Costume Designer), Amy M. Schneider (Lighting Designer), Mario Raymond (Sound Designer), Tonae Mitsuhashi (Properties Master), Brian Dambacher (Technical Director), JP Hitesman (Publicist), Felix Li (Assistant Publicist).

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 variety 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, 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.

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.

The Hilberry Theatre Announces its 2014-15 Season

BTL Full PageDETROIT – On Friday, February 21, following the opening of Ken Ludwig’s show-biz comedy, Moon Over Buffalo, the Hilberry Theatre Company announced its 2014-15 Season, the 52nd for the cornerstone institution in Midtown Detroit.

From Shakespeare’s perfect love story Romeo and Juliet to Congreve’s drole wit in The Way of the World to An Enemy of the People, Ibsen’s masterpiece reimagined by Arthur Miller, the Hilberry continues its trademark commitment to exhibiting the classics.

The Hilberry Company also offers three of the best comic romps written in the last half century: the 2008 Tony-winning revision of the classic French farce Boeing-Boeing, the dazzlingly wordplay of David Ives in All in the Timing, and The 39 Steps, a celebrated spoof of Hitchcock’s film classic of the same title. Together, these have a combined 19 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations and 5 wins.

Season tickets are on sale now! To subscribe, call (313) 577-2972 or visit the Wayne State University Theatre and Dance Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock.

Subscribers are an integral part of the Hilberry community and they enjoy up to 35% off single ticket prices, priority seating, exchange privileges, lost ticket insurance, free coffee, a complimentary subscription to our newsletter, and an invitation to the annual Subscriber Party and Open House, which will take place on March 30, 2014.

 

Boeing Boeing
By Marc Camoletti
September 19 – October 4, 2014
Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
French bachelor Bernard lives a happy, structured life according to strict airline timetables – the American stewardess for breakfast, the Italian one for lunch, and the German for dinner!  The 2008 revised translation won 2 Tony Awards.

Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
October 24 – December 13, 2014
Shakespeare’s riveting romantic tragedy tells the tale of star-crossed lovers and the life of hatred and violence between their feuding families.  One of the best loved and most performed of Shakespeare’s work, the Hilberry has scheduled 10 morning matinees intended for area school groups.

All in the Timing
By David Ives
November 21, 2014 – January 31, 2015
Six hilarious one-acts from renowned playwright David Ives. From chimpanzees composing the complete works of William Shakespeare to the complexities facing minimalist composer Philip Glass while buying a loaf of bread, it’s non-stop madness! Winner of the 1993-1994 Outer Critics Award for “Best Playwriting”.

The Way of the World
By William Congreve
January 16 – March 7, 2015
Marriages of convenience and inconvenient marriages are propelled along on a wave of spectacular wit in Congreve’s mockery of upper-class foibles. This Restoration comedy is a Hilberry premiere.

An Enemy of the People
By Arthur Miller, adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s play
February 20 – March 28, 2015
Two brothers’ dispute over safety and civic duty divide their town. Who will gain the support of the public and who will become an Enemy of the People?

The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
April 10 – 25, 2015
This hilarious spoof of the 1935 Hitchcock thriller will have you laughing from start to finish. The Drama Desk and Olivier Award-winner blends frenzied performances and wildly inventive stagecraft with spies, murder, and some good old-fashioned romance!

 

 

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at the Bonstelle Theatre

Also announced on Friday are the titles offered by the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at the historic Bonstelle Theatre. The Bonstelle Theatre 2014-15 Season has a wide variety of entertaining performances, including classic comedy and drama, fantastic dance performances, and a hilarious musical.

++Currently available to Hilberry subscribers only, Bonstelle Theatre packages will go on sale March 20.

All’s Well That Ends Well
By William Shakespeare
When Helena sets her sights on Bertram – an uninterested nobleman, out of her league – she does whatever it takes to forge the perfect match.

Peter Pan
By J.M. Barrie, adapted by Janet Allard
Peter Pan, the boy who doesn’t grow up, enchants the Darling children, who fly away with him to Neverland and explore a land of lost boys, imagination, and dreams! A perfect family outing!

December Dance Concert
A showcase of dance works created by guest artists, recent works by Wayne State University dance faculty, and student dances.

Fences
By August Wilson
This Tony Award-winning classic follows an African American father and son as they struggle through unfulfilled hopes and shattered dreams during the American civil-rights era.

Spring Dance Concert
A dynamic evening, highlighting WSU’s talented dancers in innovative performances choreographed by widely-recognized guest artists, faculty members, and students.

Urinetown: The Musical
Music by Mark Hollmann. Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. Book by Greg Kotis
In this Tony Award-winning satirical musical, a long drought has caused an epic water shortage, making free toilets a thing of the past, and wreaking havoc on the bladders of the poor. 

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 Hilberry.com, 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.com.

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.

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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

PHOTO CALL: ‘Cinderella’ on Tour!

The inaugural Detroit Youth Theatre and Dance Journey
tours to select Detroit schools this month!

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The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance has launched its inaugural Detroit Youth Theatre and Dance Journey with the children’s play Cinderella, or It’s OK to Be Different by Cynthia Mercati. Over the past two weeks, the cast and crew have toured to seven schools and one outdoor festival. The group continues on the road throughout the month but has seven performances at The Hilberry starting on the 20th of June.

In Cinderella, or It’s OK to be Different, a group of lively students discover that their familiar Cinderella story isn’t the only one – that there was a Cinderella in ancient Egypt and one among the Algonquin Indians and that there are hundreds of Cinderella tales all around the world! In an innovative, sophisticated, and theatrical style, this fast-paced, up-beat, multicultural show focuses on the universality of folk literature and finds that it’s okay to be different.
Performances of Cinderella, or It’s OK to be Different will play at the Hilberry Theatre on June 20, June 21, June 23, June 27, June 28 and June 30.  Individual Tickets are $5 for children and $8 for adults. There is a $5 per ticket price for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at 313-577-2972, online at http://www.wsushows.com, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Ave. on the corner of Cass Ave. and Hancock. The summer Box Office hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 – 2 p.m. The box office will be open one hour prior to all performances. Performance information and tickets may also be obtained by visiting the Theatre’s websites at www.hilberry.com.

Make your reservations today as the performance at The Hilberry Theatre on June 27 at 10:30 a.m. is already sold out.

Calendar Information:

Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 21, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 23, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 27, 2013 1:00 p.m.
Friday, June 28, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 30, 2013 2:00 p.m.

PRESS RELEASE: Cinderella, or, It’s Okay To Be Different

Variations on the Classic Tale Kicks Off
Wayne State University’s  Detroit Youth Theatre
and Dance Journey Inaugural Season

Cinderella, or It's OK to be Different

DETROIT – The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance will launch its inaugural Detroit Youth Theatre and Dance Journey with the children’s play Cinderella, or, It’s Okay to Be Different by Cynthia Mercati on June 4, 2013 and will travel to eleven different Detroit Public  Elementary Schools throughout the month of June.  The production will play at the Hilberry Theatre on June 20, June 21, June 23, June 27, June 28 and June 30 to provide an opportunity for all children and adults to enjoy Cinderella, or, It’s Okay to Be Different.  The performance on June 27 at 10:30 a.m. is already sold out.

This tale of Cinderella takes place on a school playground as a group of lively students discover that their familiar Cinderella story isn’t the only one – that there was a Cinderella in ancient Egypt and one among the Algonquin Indians and that there are hundreds of Cinderella tales all around the world! In an innovative, sophisticated, and theatrical style, this fast-paced, up-beat, multicultural show focuses on the universality of folk literature and finds that it’s okay to be different.

The tour to Detroit Public Schools is part of The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance outreach programs in response to the cuts of fine art programs to most Detroit Public Schools (DPS).  The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is offering the performances to the elementary schools within DPS because according to department chair John Wolf: “Cutbacks in DPS art programs have reduced the children’s exposure to fine and creative arts.  Detroit Public Schools and their children may face more challenges than others with greater means.  Having the opportunity to provide them access to Theatre and Dance and to entertain them for a day will hopefully enhance their lives and lighten their load.”

Cinderella, or, It’s Okay to be Different will also be participating in three separate festivals throughout the city during the month of June on Saturdays.  The production will be featured in North Rosedale Park’s June Days Festival on June 8, a featured production in Detroit River Days in their Kid Zone on June 22 and will also be a part of the Summer In the Park Children’s Series at Campus Martius on June 29.

Individual Tickets are $5 for children and $8 for adults.  There is a $5 per ticket price for groups of 10 or more.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at 313-577-2972, online at http://www.wsushows.com, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Ave. on the corner of Cass Ave. and Hancock.  The summer Box Office hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 – 2 p.m. The box office will be open one hour prior to all performances. Performance information and tickets may also be obtained by visiting the Theatre’s websites at http://www.hilberry.com.

Cast:

Jacqueline Fenton (Lacey), Tayler Jones (Teresa), Colin Mallory (Kyle),  Jackson McLaskey (Jeremy), Brittany Michael (Jodie), Yesmeen Mikhail (Kim).

Production Team:

Andrew Papa (Director), Nick Boyd (Stage Manager), Veronica Zahn (Production Manager), Christa Tausney (Scenic and Property Designer), Ryan Koprinces (Lighting Designer), Mary Leyendecker (Costume Designer), Amy Schneider (Sound Designer).

About the Hilberry Theatre Company

The Hilberry Theatre Company is the nation’s only 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 from Wayne State University. 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, and group discounts and corporate packages, visit the theatre’s website at http://www.hilberry.com. 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.

Cinderella, or, It’s OK to be Different
By Cynthia Mercati

Calendar Information:

Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 21, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 23, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 27, 2013 1:00 p.m.
Friday, June 28, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 30, 2013 2:00 p.m.

For reservations, go to http://www.WSUshows.com

REVIEW: Hilberry gives us polished ‘Marat/Sade’

Reviewed by Robert Delaney, The New Monitor

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The Lunatics have arrived. Left to Right - Back row: Ty Mithcell, David Sterritt, Vanessa Sawson Middle row: Rahbi Hammond, Megan Dobbertin, Brandon Grantz Front row: Alec Barbour, Danielle Cochrane, Maggie Beson, Edmund Alyn Jones, Sarah Hawkins Moan Credit: Kevin Replinger

The Lunatics have are waiting for you.
Left to Right – Back row: Ty Mithcell, David Sterritt, Vanessa Sawson
Middle row: Rahbi Hammond, Megan Dobbertin, Brandon Grantz
Front row: Alec Barbour, Danielle Cochrane, Maggie Beson, Edmund Alyn Jones, Sarah Hawkins Moan
Credit: Kevin Replinger

The death of one of the men responsible for the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution is the subject of a play-within-a-play performed by inmates of an insane asylum, in Peter Weiss’ “Marat/Sade,” the latest production of the current season at Wayne State’s Hilberry Theatre. Weiss pretends the play being acted out by the inmates has been written by the infamous marquis who gave his name to sadism, and the long version of the play’s title is “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade” — perhaps the longest title ever given to a play.

Set in 1808, after the French Revolution has been supplanted by the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte, the inmates act out a play by their fellow inmate, the Marquis de Sade, who did indeed write plays for his fellow inmates to perform.

This play tells the story of the 1793 assassination of Marat, who was a supporter of Robespierre’s draconian campaign of executing anyone perceived as an enemy of the
revolution.

Weiss drew on the theatrical theories of Bertolt Brecht in his crafting of 1963 play, and although written a few years before the full fl owering of farleft political action that was to mark the later ‘60s, this avant garde work presents the vicious Marat in a sympathetic light (pretty much saying, even if he was a bit mad, later events proved him right).

It’s not a play to my taste, but I nevertheless found this Hilberry production — directed (and choreographed) by Matthew Earnest — quite impressive. Outstanding performances are given by Edmund Alyn Jones as Marat, Vanessa Sawson as Charlotte Corday (his assassin), Joe Plambeck as de Sade and Topher Payne as the Herald.

I had thought Jones would pretty well just be coasting to the end of his third year at the Hilberry after his stellar performance as Othello, yet here he is giving
another truly memorable performance.

And Sawson’s Corday (or more precisely, her inmate pressed into service to play Corday) may well be the best thing she has done in her Hilberry career. But  absolutely every member of the cast is very good, and this is a thoroughly well done production in every aspect.

Also of the highest quality are the scenic design by Pegi Marshall-Amundsen and the costumes by Mary Leyendecker.

“Marat/Sade” continues through May 11 at the Hilberry Theatre, at Cass and West Hancock on the WSU campus in Detroit’s Midtown area. For performance and ticket information, call the WSU Theatre box offi ce (313) 577-2972 or go to http://www.wsushows.com.

Theatre & Dance at Wayne Announces the 2013-2014 Season

DETROIT – The Wayne State University Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance announces its 2013-2014 season, showcasing a mix of both classic and modern plays that is sure to have something every theatergoer can enjoy. Subscriptions start as low as $102 and go on sale March 1, 2013. In addition to a traditional Hilberry or Bonstelle subscription package, Theatre & Dance at Wayne is also offering packages as well as memberships to the theatres for more value and convenience for busy theatre patrons.

To subscribe, call (313) 577-2972 or visit the Wayne State University Theatres Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock. Subscribers are an integral part of the Hilberry community and they enjoy discounted prices, priority seating, exchange privileges, lost ticket insurance, free coffee,  and a free subscription to our newsletter. Package and membership holders also enjoy a few more benefits than the single ticket buyer.

At the Hilberry Theatre:

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Obsessed with ambition upon learning of his destiny to become king from the prophesying Weird Sisters, Macbeth is spurred to assassination by his determined and stout-hearted wife. They descend into the depths of murder and madness, but Macduff leads the vengeful attack against the Macbeths before they can wash the blood from their hands.

Big Love by Charles L. Mee

Fifty brides forced to marry their fifty cousins are on the run—only to be pursued and discovered by the fifty grooms. In this modern adaptation of The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus, you’ll plunge and soar on this roller coaster of comedic mayhem, harsh realities, and the occasional pop song. This dark comedy explores human rights, gender politics, and love.

A Doctor In Spite of Himself by Molière, Adapted by Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp

Hold on to your hats with this laugh-out-loud comedy that begins—as many do—with the soured relationship between a husband and wife. Hell has no fury like a woman scorned when a wife dastardly turns her husband into a doctor. Mistaken identity, lighthearted romance, naughty innuendo, and irreverent hijinks ensue in this ridiculous façade.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moisés Kauffman

In 1895, playwright and wit Oscar Wilde was put on trial for his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, which led to charges of “committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons.” This dramatically clever piece illustrates the ever-continuing conflict between art and morality in a way that Wilde himself would have approved.

Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig

From the author of Lend Me a Tenor, this whimsical backstage farce piles hysterical misunderstandings on top of madcap misadventures. Fading stars George and Charlotte Hays duke it out during their tour to save their theatre company and their marriage. They are given a (last) chance at fame if they can just figure out which show they are performing!

August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

The Westons represent the modern American family dealing with deteriorating health and relationships on the plains of Oklahoma. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this dark comedy fluctuates between sidesplitting humor and gut-wrenching despair as we watch the family struggle to support each other through overwhelming circumstances.

At the Bonstelle Theatre:

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Described as “the greatest American play ever written,” this story illuminates two unexceptional families living unremarkable lives over the span of several generations in small town America. This 1938 Pulitzer Prize winner is a touching and thoughtful look at life’s extraordinary journey.

’Twas the Night Before Christmas by Jennifer Kirkeby and Shirley Mier

A whimsical reimagining of the classic Christmas poem! Writer Clement Moore is working on a tough assignment from the New York Evening Post: President James Monroe desires a holiday feature story to read Christmas morning. As Clement struggles with writer’s block, he dawdles by enjoying the season with his family.

In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney

As a girl, Oya must choose between her dream of being a star athlete and caring for her mother. As a woman, she’s torn between the man she lives with and the man she can’t live without. This fusion of contemporary African-American culture and elements from Yoruba mythology is an inspiring story about how our choices make us who we are.

85th Annual Spring Dance Concert

Each spring in March, the dance department curates a collection of dance works choreographed by students, faculty and guest artists. Each piece may employ various disciplines from ballet and jazz to modern, some of the work being reconstructions of prominent choreographers, as well as many premieres.

Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling, and Abe Burrows

The 1951 winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, this classic exposes the gritty 1920s New York underworld. Renowned for his craps game, Nathan Detroit wagers another gambler that he can’t make the next girl he sees fall in love with him—the pretty, pious band leader of the local Mission. This “perfect musical comedy” is a sure bet!

About Theatre and Dance at Wayne

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 or management. The dance program is one of the longest-running in the U.S., tracing its beginning to Ruth Lovell Murray’s founding of the Dance Workshop in 1928. The theatre program is internationally recognized as a training ground for theatre professionals. The Hilberry Theatre is the nation’s longest-running graduate repertory company. The two programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance and the National Association of Schools of Theatre, respectively.