2020-2021 Season | Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University

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2020-2021 Season

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Season tickets now on sale

Choose either a HILBERRY PACKAGE of a PICK ANY SIX PACKAGE and SAVE 20% on the regular ticket prices. These rates are available until September 30, 2020. After this date, subscribers can purchase additional tickets for 10% off the regular price by calling the Box Office at 313-577-2972. Learn more.

OR… BUY SINGLE TICKETS

2020-2021 single tickets available July 1. 

You’ll save 20% when you subscribe but if you prefer to buy individual shows, you can purchase those tickets beginning July 1, 2020.

Note we have saved Bus Stop and will bring it to our 2020-2021 season in place of Everybody. Everybody will remain in the season but will be our closing performance, replacing All My Sons.

Superior Donuts

Superior Donuts

Sept. 18 to Oct. 4, 2020
Hilberry Theatre
by Tracy Letts
✅  Available as part of a subscription package.

Celebrated playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) brings his unique wit and style to Superior Donuts, the 2009 comedy set in a rundown donut shop in Uptown Chicago. Arthur, the shop’s owner, a former 1960s radical, has settled into his later years, accepting the shop’s downward turn. His energetic assistant, Franco, an African American youth from the neighborhood, believes the shop can become a community hotspot by updating the store with healthy menu options and lively music. This “odd couple” find themselves at generational odds in this warm and humorous comedy featuring the new Hilberry Graduate Acting Company.

“…a soulful play, full of humor and humanity…drawn with deep affection.” — Variety

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The Rocky Horror Show

Oct. 23 to Nov. 8, 2020
Hilberry Theatre
Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien
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Pull on your fishnets because we’re taking you on a strange journey. The Rocky Horror Show is the cult classic, having celebrated hundreds of productions and thousands of midnight film screenings since it was thrust upon the world in 1973. You’re invited to join us at the curiously bizarre home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a “sweet transvestite” on the verge of a major scientific breakthrough. So, come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab. We see you shiver with antici… PATION! And if you get lost along the way, don’t fret. It’s just a jump to the left, and a step to the right.

Participation bags will be available for purchase for those brave enough to endure the show’s audience participation. Sorry, no outside props may be brought in but your best costume is welcome!

“A musical that deals with mutating identity and time warps becomes one of the most mutated, time-warped phenomena in show business.” ­— The New York Times

Bus Stop

Nov. 6 to 22, 2020
Underground at the Hilberry
Written by William Inge
✅  Available as part of a subscription package.

The hysterical story follows a group of bus passengers who are forced off the road due to a howling snowstorm and find themselves gathered at a cheerful roadside diner while waiting for the roads to clear. Among the travelers are Cherie, a nightclub singer on the run, Bo, a brash young cowboy who’s desperate to make Cherie his bride, Carl, the intrepid bus driver, and Grace, the diner’s owner who more than fancies Carl. The original Broadway production was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play (Michigan’s own Elaine Stritch), Best Scenic Design, and Best Director.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

December 3 to 20, 2020
Hilberry Theatre
Adapted by Joe Landry
✅  Available as part of a subscription package.

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, It’s a Wonderful Life is created on stage in a magical experience that no one should miss. Everyone will enjoy this “old time radio” production, live on stage, as we bring this holiday story of miracles and merriment to you this season.

Follow George Bailey on his journey along with Clarence, Mary, Rose, and, of course, mean old Mr. Potter. This joyous experience will delight everyone including young children. Help us help Clarence achieve his wings this December at the Hilberry Theatre!

Noel Night

Company One's Noel Night Dance Concert

December 5, 2020
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. 

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December Dance Concert

December 12 and 13, 2020
Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts (Downtown Detroit)
✅  Available as part of a subscription package.

Join us for an experience like no other as our dance companies come together, under the direction of renowned faculty and celebrated guest artists, to showcase astounding works of artistry and athleticism. With only two performances, the December Dance Concert is your opportunity to have your breath taken away by Wayne State’s incomparable dance students.

BFA Dance Senior Capstone Concert

BFA Dance Capstone

January 15 and 16, 2021
Allesee Dance Theatre

BFA Dance Capstone showcases this year’s graduating seniors of the BFA Dance program and the culmination of their artistic progress that has been achieved here at Wayne State University. Each senior has the opportunity to choreograph a work that showcases each choreographer’s individual style, creating an entertaining and experimental experience that pushes the boundaries of dance performance. Performed in the intimate Allesee Dance Theatre, you’ll be steps away from these stunning artists.

Dance Workshop

Dance Workshop

January 22 and 24, 2021
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.

Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival

Heck-Rabi One-Act Playwriting Festival

January 29 and 30, 2021
Underground at the Hilberry

Enjoy three one-acts written by the finalists of the Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Playwriting One Act Festival. Each winning playwright has a chance to work with a student director and student performers to realize their productions on the stage — and those plays are what you’ll experience during each performance.

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Our Lady of Kibeho

Feb. 5 to 21, 2021
Hilberry Theatre
Written by Katori Hall
✅  Available as part of a subscription package.

In 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. She is denounced by her superiors and ostracized by her schoolmates—until impossible happenings begin to appear to all. Skepticism gives way to fear, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. Written by Olivier Award-winning playwright, Katori Hall, Our Lady of Kibeho is an exploration of faith, doubt, and the power and consequences of both. Ms. Hall is also the recipient of the National Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, among many other accolades.

To Sangana

To Sangana African Dance Concert

February 12 and 13, 2021
Allesee Dance Theatre

This dynamic dance company thrills audiences with African-derived dance and drum presentations, guaranteed to inspire, invigorate, educate, and entertain. Celebrating the rich cultural traditions from the African heritage, as well as the contemporary African-American experience, To Sangana 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.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

March 5 to April 3, 2021
Underground at the Hilberry
Music by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss. Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine.
Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo | Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre
✅  Available as part of a subscription package.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced, wildly funny musical.  An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, it’s a delightful den of comedic genius.

Spring Dance Concert

92nd Annual Spring Dance Concert

April 2 and 3, 2021
Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts (Downtown Detroit)
✅  Available as part of a subscription package.

Celebrating 92 years of dance at Wayne State University, our annual spring dance concert features works by both renowned and up-and-coming choreographers all performed by dance students. This one-weekend-only concert is a crowd favorite and will leave audiences mesmerized.

On Friday, April 2 at 10am, join us for bonus concert featuring Company One. This morning matinee is ideal for school groups.

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The Comedy of Errors

April 15 to May 2, 2021
Hilberry Theatre
✅  Available as part of a subscription package.

Identical twin boys and ­— believe it or not — their identical twin servants, are separated at birth during a tragic shipwreck. Twenty-three years later, their father, along with the son he saved, Antipholus, and his son’s servant, Dromio, arrive in a new country in an ongoing search for the lost brothers. Meanwhile, Antipholus’s twin, who is also named Antipholus, has also arrived with his own servant, Dromio, who too shares a name with his own lost twin. Comedy and chaos reign as mistaken identities rock everyone in town and leave its population questioning their sanity. Trade logic for laughter as Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors comes to life at the Hilberry.

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Everybody

April 30 to May 16, 2021
Underground at the Hilberry
Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
✅  Available as part of a subscription package.

A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Everybody is a modern riff on Everyman, one of the oldest plays in the English language.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who The New York Times calls “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers,” adapted this allegorical play for a contemporary audience to explore how modern society determines whether we’ve each been good or evil in our life. At each performance, Everybody is chosen from amongst the cast by lottery, as they follow their journey toward life’s greatest mystery.

“A very meta and saucy adaptation.” — Time Out New York
“Fills the heart in a new and unexpected way.” — The New Yorker

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