2017-2018 Season

The UnderpantsSteve Martin’s The Underpants

Sept. 29 through Oct. 15, 2017
by Steve Martin
Adapted from 1910 German farce Die Hose by the playwright Carl Sternheim
Hilberry Theatre

Steve Martin, legendary comedian and award-winning actor, has written this uproarious comedy based on the 1910 German farce Die Hose by Carl Sternheim. In the play, a well-respected, middle-class couple return home from the king’s parade where, as fate would have it, the wife’s underwear falls down in public igniting an overwhelming passion in several would-be suitors.

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A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night’s Dream

Oct. 12 to 28, 2017
by William Shakespeare
Studio Theatre at the Hilberry

Shakespeare’s most popular comedy arrives on a Midsummer’s night where four young lovers find themselves in an enchanted forest. Targeted by the fairy folk who live within, the couples find themselves confused and passions are flared. Meanwhile, a bumbling band of performers wander into the wood and where the fairy mischief-maker, Puck, is ready to ensure the course of true love is anything but smooth. Comedy, love, and confusion collide on this magical moonlight night.

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A Streetcar Named DesireA Streetcar Named Desire

Nov. 3 through 19, 2017
by Tennessee Williams
Hilberry Theatre

Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama takes a poignant look at one family’s
electrifying relationship in 1940s New Orleans. When Stella’s destitute sister Blanche arrives,
old wounds are reopened and new conflicts ignite as Blanche storms into her sister’s world
and upends her marriage to her belligerent husband, Stanley.

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A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol

Dec. 1 through 17, 2017
Adapted from the Charles Dickens story by John Wolf and Tom Aulino
Bonstelle Theatre

This holiday season, 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.

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Stop KissStop Kiss

Dec. 7 through 16, 2017
by Diana Son
Bonstelle Theatre

A timely and relevant narrative exploring the complexity of LGBT relationships; romantic, personal, and social.

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December Dance ConcertDecember Dance Concert

Dec. 8 and 9, 2017
Detroit Music Hall for the Performing Arts

Contemporary dance masters come together for one thrilling weekend at Detroit’s Music Hall for the Performing Arts in Downtown Detroit!

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Heck-Rabi Playwriting FestivalHeck-Rabi Playwriting Festival

Feb. 1 through 3, 2018
Studio Theatre at the Hilberry

Since 2000, the Studio Theatre has hosted the Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Playwriting One Act Festival, encouraging young playwrights to submit their original works. Each year, 6-7 semi-finalists are chosen out of all submissions. The plays are then read at a Workshop, where they are critiqued by judges. Three finalists win a scholarship as well as the opportunity to produce their play in front of a live audience. Each winning playwright has a chance to work with a student director and student performers to realize their productions on the stage.

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The Colored MuseumThe Colored Museum

Feb. 2 through 18, 2018
by George C. Wolfe
Hilberry Theatre

Funny and poignant stories explore African-American culture and experiences in a satirical trip through time.

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Stupid F*ing Bird

March 1 through 31, 2018
by Aaron Posner
Studio Theatre at the Hilberry

The Seagull is retold as a contemporary tale full of dramatic flair with all the proper entanglements of Chekhov’s original story.

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The 89th Annual Spring Dance Concert

March 1 and 2, 2018
Bonstelle Theatre

Highlighting national and international works from top-performing artists.

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Sister Act: The Musical

April 13 through 22, 2018
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Bill Steinkellner and Cheri Steinkellner
Bonstelle Theatre

Get ready to rock your soul with Sister Act, the feel-good musical comedy based on the 1992 film. Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless.

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King LearKing Lear

April 27 through May 13, 2018
by William Shakespeare
Hilberry Theatre

The Bard’s most notorious father struggles to understand the actions of his vengeful daughters in this renowned tragedy where family and friends offer help and support.

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