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ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS

by Richard Bean Based on The Servant of Two Masters

October 2-October 17, 2015 at the Hilberry Theatre

Hilarious antics of an easily confused double-agent and a bad case of mistaken identity.  Francis finds himself simultaneously employed by both a local gangster and by his upper-class criminal rival.  Pandemonium erupts as Francis tries his best to keep the two from meeting or finding out he's working for the other team!

 

Calendar Information:

Wednesday, 2 p.m..

Oct. 7 (Talkback Series)

 

Thursday, 8 p.m..

Oct. 8 (Preshow Discussion), 15

 

Friday, 8 p.m..

 Oct. 2 (Opening Night), 9, 16

 

Saturday, 2 p.m..

Oct. 3, 17

 

Saturday, 8 p.m..

Oct. 3, 10 ( Stage Door Series), 17

 

 

LYSISTRATA

by Aristophanes

October 9-18, 2015 at the Bonstelle Theatre

Tensions rise---among other things---when the men of Sparta and Greece are given an ultimatum.  During a war with no end in sight, the women of Greece deny their husbands carnal pleasure in hopes to quell their lust for war.

 

Calendar Information:

Friday, 8 p.m..

Oct. 9 (Opening Night), 16

 

Saturday, 8 p.m..

Oct. 10, 17

 

Sunday, 2 p.m..

Oct. 11, 18

 

 

 

THE GREAT GATSBY

Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy

October 30-November 7, 2015, January 7-9, 2016 at the Hilberry Theatre

A tale of obsession, greed, and danger during the thrill, glamour, and decadence of the Jazz Age.  Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan while young Nick Carraway is lured into their extravagant world of wealth and privilege in this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 masterpiece.  

 

Calendar Information:

Wednesday, 2 p.m..

Nov. 4 (Talkback Series)

 

Thursday, 8 p.m..

Nov. 5 (Preshow Discussion), Jan. 7

 

Friday, 8 p.m..

Oct. 30 (Opening Night), Nov. 6, Jan. 8

 

Saturday, 2 p.m..

Oct. 31, Jan. 9

 

Saturday, 8 p.m..

Oct. 31, Nov. 7 (Stage Door Series), Jan. 9

 

 

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

by Roald Dahl Adapted for the stage by David Wood

November 13-22, 2015 at the Bonstelle Theatre

Young James goes on an adventure into a land of spiders, earthworms, and one giant peach.  Although it will not be an easy journey, James perseveres with confidence and enthusiasm while accompanied by such friends as a ladybug, a centipede, and a grasshopper.

 

Calendar Information:

Friday, 7 p.m..

Nov. 13 (Opening Night), 20

 

Saturday, 2 p.m..

Nov. 14, 21

 

Saturday, 7 p.m..

Nov. 14, 21

 

Sunday, 2 p.m..

Nov. 15, 22

 

 

 

INSPECTING CAROL

by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Theatre

December 4-19, 2015 at the Hilberry Theatre

Madcap antics backstage as the curtain almost doesn't "go up."  A cast of outlandish and somewhat familiar characters bumble their way toward opening night of their annual production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.  If the company fails to impress the inspector, the show may not go on.

 

Calendar Information:

Wednesday, 2 p.m..

Dec. 9 (Talkback Series)

 

Thursday, 8 p.m..

Dec. 10 (Preshow Discussion), 17

 

Friday, 8 p.m..

Dec. 4, (Opening Night), 11, 18

 

Saturday, 2 p.m..

Dec. 5, 19

 

Saturday, 8 p.m..

Dec. 5, 12 (Stage Door Series), 19

 

 

 

December dance concert

December 11 & 12 at the Bonstelle Theatre

The December Dance Concert highlights the work of world renowned guest artists, Wayne State University faculty, and the evolving talent of its emerging student choreographers.  This expansive concert features select dynamic works and student pieces.

 

Calendar Information:

Friday, 7:30 p.m..

Dec. 11

 

Sunday, 2 p.m..

Dec. 12

 

 

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

by William Shakespeare

January 29-February 6, March 10-12, 2016 at the Hilberry Theatre

A battle of sexes between men who have sworn off love and the ladies who convince them to change their minds.  The young King of Navarre and his companions vow chastity while they complete their studies---until they meet the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies.  A gentle joust of courtly love ensues. 

 

Calendar Information:

Wednesday, 2 p.m..

Feb. 3 (Talkback Series)

 

Thursday, 8 p.m..

Feb. 4 (Preshow Discussion), Mar. 10

 

Friday, 8 p.m..

Jan. 29 (Opening Night), Feb. 5, Mar. 11

 

Saturday, 2 p.m..

Jan. 30, Mar. 12

 

Saturday, 8 p.m..

Jan. 30, Feb. 6 (Stage Door Series), Mar. 12

 

 

 

A RAISIN IN THE SUN

by Lorraine Hansberry

February 12-21, 2016 at the Bonstelle Theatre

A Raisin in the Sun is a timeless representation of hope and inspiration, of divergent dreams and conflicts within.  A black family struggles to retain their dignity as they face racism, when moving to an all-white neighborhood in 1950s America.

 

Calendar Information:

Friday, 8 p.m..

Feb. 12 (Opening Night), 19

 

Saturday, 8 p.m..

Feb. 13, 20

 

Sunday, 3 p.m..

Feb. 14, 21

 

 

 

CLYBOURNE PARK

by Bruce Norris

February 26 - March 5, March 31-April 2, 2016 at the Hilberry Theatre

Integration during the civil rights era through the gentrification of the 21st century.  When a couple sells their home in an all-white neighborhood to a black family, they face anger and hatred from their prejudiced neighbors.  Fifty years later, old racial tensions flare anew when a white family moves into the same house in when has become an all-black neighborhood.

 

Calendar Information:

Wednesday, 2 p.m..

Mar. 2 (Talkback Series)

 

Thursday, 8 p.m..

Mar. 3 (Preshow Discussion), 31

 

Friday, 8 p.m..

Feb. 26 (Opening Night), Mar. 4, Apr. 1

 

Saturday, 2 p.m..

Feb. 27, Apr. 2

 

Saturday, 8 p.m..

Feb. 27 (Stage Door Series), Mar. 5, Apr. 2

 

 

 

Spring dance concert

March 3 & 4, 2016 at the Bonstelle Theatre

The 87th Annual Spring Dance Concert is rooted in a culturally diverse community.  The Artist-In-Residence program features national and international artistry, providing an expansive environment for our emerging artists to develop.

 

Calendar Information:

Thursday, 7:30 p.m..

Mar. 3

 

Friday, 7:30 p.m..

Mar. 4
 

 

 

A FLEA IN HER EAR

A new version of Georges Feydeau's farce by David Ives

April 22 - May 7, 2016 at the Hilberry Theatre

Suspicions of infidelity, a cunning rendez-vous, and ridiculous confusion.  A jealous wife is on the hunt to catch her husband in the act, after noticing a decrease in his desire and receiving a pair of his suspenders in the mail from an unknown sender.  She hatches a plan to trick him into answers.  

 

Calendar Information:

Wednesday, 2 p.m..

Apr. 27 (Talkback Series)

 

Thursday, 8 p.m..

Apr. 28 (Preshow Discussion), May 5

 

Friday, 8 p.m..

Apr. 26 (Opening Night), 29, May 6

 

Saturday, 2 p.m..

Apr. 23, May 7

 

Saturday, 8 p.m..

Apr. 23 (Stage Door Series), 30, May 7

 

 

 

OKLAHOMA!

Music by Richard Rodgers Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

April 15-24, 2016 at the Bonstelle Theatre

A handsome cowboy competes with an ill-tempered ranch hand for the affection of a lovely young farm girl in this timeless gem of American musical theatre.  The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical contains one of the most famous dance sequences of all time.

 

Calendar Information:

Friday, 8 p.m..

Apr. 15 (Opening Night), 22

 

Saturday, 8 p.m..

Apr. 16, 23

 

Sunday, 2 p.m..

Apr. 17, 24