Detroit Repertory Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Season Featuring BUZZ, SWEET PEA'S MAMA & More!
Michigan's longest running, non profit, professional theatre is proud to announce the 2014/2015 Season - a Season of World Premiere plays. The Detroit Repertory Theatre will kick off its 58th Season on November 6, 2014 with a Champagne Celebration and toast to the four new plays never before produced on a professional stage. Four stories: BUZZ by Richard Strand is a biting comedy about a CEO trying to outsmart his stock clerk; SWEET PEA'S MAMA by Robert Lawrence Nelson, a story about racial dignity centers around a maid and the developmentally challenged son of her employer on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death; THE KISS OF THE SUN FOR PARDON by Lans Traverse is a life affirming tale of unusual friendship, a barefoot waif and a wheel-chair bound curmudgeon, and the explosive relationship that ensues; and finally, WHITE ASH FALLING 9/11 by Thom Molyneaux is a gripping story of three actors whose personal stories intertwine with the characters they play in a play about the tragedy of September 11th, 2001.
Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8:30 PM, Saturdays at 3 PM and 8:30 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets will remain among the most affordable for professional theatre in the region at $17 in advance, and subscriptions remain the unheard of price of $100 for two for a year. Bargain Books are booklets of ten tickets and are still available for $100 and $110.
For tickets and information call (313) 868-1347 or visit www.detroitreptheatre.com. The Detroit Repertory Theatre is located in the center of the city at 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI 48238. Parking is lighted, guarded, fenced-in and free.
BUZZ - World Premiere
by Richard Strand
Directed by Harry Wetzel
November 6 to December 28, 2014
*Special Black Tie Gala Performance November 15, 2014
"If you want to know what's going down in any company in America just ask the stock clerk." Ryan Hutchings, CEO of Hutchings Enterprises, Inc. has gotten himself into some legal trouble over a woman. No problem, he'll just coax his stock clerk to help him. So he buzzes the stock clerk, Buzz. Who else? The fun begins. Mr. Hutchings' alibi has some holes and Buzz is dumb like a fox. The combination clearly demonstrates how to succeed in business with a little bit of spying.
SWEET PEA'S MAMA - World Premiere
by Robert Lawrence Nelson
Directed by Barbara Busby
January 8 to March 15, 2015
*Special Red Night Benefit Performance February 14, 2015
Coralee is a maid for Abigail and her family. Among other things she cares for Georgie, Abigail's grown developmentally challenged son whom she affectionately calls Sweet Pea. On the day Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated, tragedy occurs in Abigail's home as well that has a devastating affect on everyone, including Coralee's angry young son, Jerome. In the end dignity and familial love are put to an ultimate test.
THE KISS OF THE SUN FOR PARDON - World Premiere
by Lans Traverse
Directed by Leah Smith
March 26 to May 17, 2015
Oriel, a young woman, a much abused, barefoot loner with a quick temper answers an ad for lodging at T-Bone's single story house and seedy yard. Oriel has an unlikely dream of going to Alaska. T-Bone is a wheelchair bound, redneck in his mid-sixties, has a cranky temper but loves his orchids and his coupons. The price for Oriel's food and lodging is taking care of his needs -- no wages and no other demands. The relationship turns out to be tumultuous to say the least, sometimes funny, sometimes mean, sometimes touching and always unpredictable.
WHITE ASH FALLING 9/11 - World Premiere
by Thom Molyneaux
Directed by Lynch R. Travis
May 28 to June 28, 2015
Three actors are about to perform in an Off Broadway production about 9/11. Each performer's personal exposure to the trauma of 9/11 is revealed in the dressing room and we see the affects carried over to the play within the play. Audiences see actors playing actors. The taunting struggle between life and art is provoked before our very eyes.
FOR TICKETS, SUBSCRIPTIONS, BARGAIN BOOKLETS OR EARLY-BIRD FUNDRAISING DATES, CALL (313) 868-1347.
Visit the Detroit Repertory Theatre website for more information: www.detroitreptheatre.com.
About the Detroit Repertory Theatre
The oldest professional (Union) non-profit theatre in the State of Michigan, the Detroit Repertory Theatre's mission is guided by the belief that the sense of community is stronger than the forces that splinter and that efforts to preserve unity deserve the same attention and support as the justly cultivated efforts to retain diversity.
The implicit goal in all the theatre's efforts is to produce the best possible professional theatre while fostering cultural democratization of the arts, and fighting by example, the disturbing level of racism that still exists.
Detroit Repertory Theatre is located in the geographical heart of the city at 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI 48238. Parking is Attended, Lighted, Fenced-In and Free.