2018-2019 Season

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Subscribers may swap shows out of their six- or eight-show packages, add shows to their subscription, and begin making exchanges on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Avenue QAvenue Q

Sept. 21 through Oct. 7, 2018
Hilberry Theatre
Music and Lyrics by ROBERT LOPEZ and JEFF MARX
Book by JEFF WHITTY
Book based on an original concept by ROBERT LOPEZ and JEFF MARX

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is a hilarious spoof on children’s television… but for adults. This laugh-out-loud musical follows recently graduated and currently cash-poor Princeton on his journey to find his ever-elusive purpose. All the way out on Avenue Q, he finds not only a home but a circle of friends who are all searching for something missing. Contains adult situations and simulated violence.

XtigoneXtigone

Oct. 12 to 27, 2018
Studio Theatre at the Hilberry
The Studio Theatre is only accessible by stairs

by NAMBI E. KELLEY

In present day Chicago, Xtigone mourns the death of her brothers, mowed down by a rival gang. Instead of dealing with the reality of violence in the city’s streets, her uncle intends to bury the bodies without investigation. Will Xtigone risk death by opposing her uncle? Using hip hop, poetry, dance, and dialogue that speaks with an urban voice, this re-imagining of Sophocles’ Antigone tells the story of the ill-fated Xtigone and her quest for her community’s truth. Contains adult situations and simulated violence.

As You Like ItAs You Like It 

Oct. 26 to Nov. 11, 2018
Hilberry Theatre
by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Knocking down the traditional rules of romance, As You Like It is one of William Shakespeare’s most hilariously subversive comedies. Being removed from the court by Duke Frederick, Duke Senior takes refuge in the wild and wonderful Forest of Arden. Duke Frederick, threatened by Duke Senior’s daughter, Rosalind, banishes her as well. Fearing the unknown, Rosalind and her faithful cousin disguise themselves as boys in order to survive the wilderness. Come along on this topsy-turvy journey into one of the most joyous adventures the Bard ever penned.

A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol

Nov. 30 to Dec. 16, 2018
Bonstelle Theatre
Based on the story by CHARLES DICKENS
Adapted by John Wolf and Tom Aulino

A Detroit family tradition, now in its third joyous year!

Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly adventure in Dickens’ classic story. When the miserly old Scrooge is visited by his former business partner, now deceased, he begins a journey into the past, present and future to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Will the old codger redeem himself? Can the spirits inspire him to a greater purpose? Find out this Christmas at the Bonstelle Theatre. At just 75 minutes, with no intermission, A Christmas Carol is perfect for families.

Noel NightNoel Night

Dec. 1, 2018
Allesee Dance Theatre

Company One Dance performs this one-day only concert for Noel Night. Directed by Lisa LaMarre, Company One is comprised of Wayne State University dance students. Members are given the opportunity to create their own choreography, work with professional guest artists, and get involved in their community. 

December Dance ConcertDecember Dance Concert

Dec. 7 and 8, 2018
Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Contemporary dance masters come together for one thrilling weekend! Join us for these two remarkable performances.

 

 

 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Dec. 7 through 16, 2018
Studio Theatre at the Hilberry
The Studio Theatre is only accessible by stairs
By CHRISTOPHER DURANG

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

Avenue QBFA Dance Senior Capstone

Jan. 11 and 12, 2019
Allesee Dance Theatre

This performance serves as the culmination of the artistic/choreographic portion of DNC 5996: Senior Capstone. All works are choreographed by this year’s graduating BFA seniors. The show highlights each choreographer’s individual style, making for an entertaining and experimental experience. Beauty, grace, humor, theatricality, and film are all fused together to create an immersive and engaging show.

Heck-Rabi Playwriting FestivalHeck-Rabi Playwriting Festival

Feb. 1 through 3, 2019
Studio Theatre at the Hilberry

Each year, six to seven semi-finalists are chosen out of all submissions. Three finalists win a scholarship as well as the opportunity to produce their play in front of a live audience.  Discover emerging playwrights before they’re famous!

 

 

Avenue QDance Workshop

Feb. 1 through 3, 2019
Allesee Dance Theatre

Dance Workshop is a student produced-company at Wayne State University that gives its members a creative outlet to choreograph, perform, and grow as artists. The company aims to embody all characteristics of a professional dance company including showcase, outreach, fundraising, and publicity responsibilities. Dance Workshop continues to strive for excellence and innovation in the education of emerging artists in the dance world.

Angels in America - Part I: Millennium ApproachesAngels in America – Part I: Millennium Approaches

Feb. 8 through 24, 2019
Hilberry Theatre
By TONY KUSHNER

In Part I of this two part epic, Prior Walter, a young man living in NYC in 1985, is diagnosed with AIDS. His boyfriend, Louis, struggling to cope with the disease and his own fears, abandons him. Alone, Prior struggles until he’s visited by ancestral ghosts who herald the coming of a fierce angel. At the same time, Joe Pitt, a conservative but closeted Mormon, is offered a high profile job in Washington, D.C., by his mentor, the McCarthyist lawyer Roy Cohn. Joe’s wife Harper, who struggles with her own illness, refuses to move.  In the seven-time Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, playwright Tony Kushner explores evolving values in America. Contains adult situations.

Experience Angels in America: Parts I and II back-to-back with marathon performances on May 5 and 11.

To Sangana African Dance ConcertTo Sangana African Dance Concert

Feb. 16 ad 17, 2019
Allesee Dance Theatre

To Sangana members are dance and theatre majors/minors and from campus wide auditions. This is a dynamic dance company that thrills audiences with quality African-derived dance and drum presentations, guaranteed to inspire, invigorate, educate, and entertain. The company celebrates rich cultural traditions from the African heritage, as well as the contemporary African-American experience. African Dance brings together all the arts: music, theatre, visual art, and movement- to form a complete artistic and cultural statement. African dance today reaches a worldwide audience through the rigorous, theme based, and excitingly joyful dedication of professional dancers and musicians.

90th Annual Spring Dance Concert

The 90th Annual Spring Dance Concert

March 1 and 2, 2019
Bonstelle Theatre

Celebrate our 90th Anniversary of Dance at Wayne with this thrilling weekend at the Bonstelle Theatre. Join us as we highlight national and international works from top-performing artists.

 

 

VenusVenus

March 22 to April 13, 2019
Studio Theatre at the Hilberry
The Studio Theatre is only accessible by stairs
by SUZAN-LORI PARKS

Traveling from her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life, Saartjie Baartman became an unfortunate star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit. This Obie Award-winning play, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, gives vibrant life to the story of a young black woman’s journey to London, her rise to fame as the “Hottentot Venus,” and her eventual relationship with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a tragic-carnival, an intense and devastating journey honoring the life of Baartman and examining the way we live and love today.

Mamma MiaMamma Mia!

April 5 to 14, 2019
Bonstelle Theatre
Music and Lyrics by BENNY ANDERSSON and BJÖRN ULVAEUS
And some songs with STIG ANDERSON
Book by CATHERINE JOHNSON
Originally Conceived by JUDY CRAMER
MAMMA MIA! was originally produced in London by Judy Cramer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal. Additional Material & Arrangements MARTIN KOCH

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Angels in America - Part II: PerestroikaAngels in America – Part II: Perestroika

April 26 to May 12, 2019
Hilberry Theatre
By TONY KUSHNER

Following the events of Part I: Millennium Approaches, Perestroika continues the complex and fantastical examination of homosexuality, race, and AIDS in 1980s America. Fighting illness and losing hope, Prior Walter is hesitant to become the prophet as demanded by the Angel. Roy Cohn is hospitalized, diagnosed with “liver cancer,” and under the care of Belize. Harper has disappeared and Joe’s mother has arrived to try to put her family back together. Perestroika is the thrilling conclusion to the is epic tale of love, loss, and destiny. Contains adult situations.

Experience Angels in America: Parts I and II back-to-back with marathon performances on May 5 and 11.