February 01, 2017

The Theatre Company of University of Detroit Mercy’s 46th season continues with William Inge’s Bus Stop, running Feb. 9-26, at the Marlene Boll Theatre at the downtown Detroit YMCA.

Bus Stop follows a bus full of strangers who find themselves stranded at a roadside dinner in Kansas City in the middle of a howling snowstorm.  All roads are blocked, and these weary travelers are forced to mingle and wait out the storm. As the evening progresses and personalities start to emerge, the relationships formed by total strangers turns into an uproarious romantic comedy that never strays far from the truth.

The cast – a mixing of resident professionals with students from the acclaimed acting program — includes professionals Jahnay Clabon as Grace Hoylard, Joel Mitchell as Carl, Sam Pollak as Dr. Gerald Lyman, Pat Loos as Will Masters, and Theatre Company alumnus Pat Caporuscio as Virgil Blessing. Rounding out the cast are Detroit Mercy students Autumn Russell as Cherie, Dalton Hahn as Bo Decker and Savanah Wright as Elma Duckworth.

Director Andrew Papa is making his Theatre Company directorial debut with this production. Papa joined the faculty of Detroit Mercy as an instructor in 2015. Hailing from Central Michigan University and Wayne State University, Papa has an impressive professional acting career with performances at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Shakespeare Royal Oak, and the Matrix Theatre Company, among several others, and has appeared in the recently released SAG film, Beyond the Mask. He also works as a dialect/speech coach at the Tipping Point Theatre and Wayne State University’s Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres.

The production team features Associate Professor Melinda Pacha as the scenic and costume designer, Amy Schneider as lighting designer, Anthony Petrucci as technical director, Christian Plonka as stage manager and Greg Grobis as managing director.

Inge immerged as a leading American playwright writing about life in small Midwest towns in the 1950s. Receiving an Oscar for his original screenplay for Splendor in the Grass, he also wrote other notable theatrical works such as Farther Off From Heaven, Come Back, Little Sheba, Picnic (which won the Pulitzer Prize), The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs and A Loss of Roses.

Bus Stop will feature seven events associated with The Detroit Theatre Discussion Project (DTDP), which include post-show talkbacks following the Thursday and Sunday performances.

Saturday, 2/11: Afterglow: Mingle after the show with the cast and crew.  Free food and discount drink specials at a local restaurant.

Sunday, 2/12: Post-show discussion with the director, cast and crew of Bus Stop.

Tuesday, 2/14: 6 to 7 p.m. at The Detroit Public Library: “Behind the Scenes discussion of Bus Stop.” The event will feature a discussion with the production staff and a performance by the cast. Guests attending will be entered into a drawing for free tickets to the show.

Thursday, 2/16: Post-show discussion, “The Pursuit of Love: What Compels Us to Pursue It or Keeps Us From Reaching It?” featuring experts from Detroit Mercy’s psychology clinic.

Sunday, 2/19: Post-show discussion, “Scenic Design and the Timeless 1950’s dinner” featuring experts from Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture.

Thursday, 2/23: Pub Trivia Night: “American Classics (Books and Plays)” Trivia Night at the Detroit Beer Company.  Supported by the University’s Department of English.

Sunday, 2/26: Post-show discussion, “The Importance of a Father Figure Relationship: Examining Virgil and Bo’s Relationship.” Featuring experts from Detroit Mercy’s psychology clinic.

Tickets to Bus Stop can be purchased online at or over the phone at 313-993-3270. Individual ticket prices are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $10 for veterans and $10 for students (with valid ID). Groups of 15 or more can receive up to a 30% discount on ticket rates. 

The Theatre Company is also proud to announce a new Thursday Community Night Series. During the 2016-17 season, every Thursday performance will celebrate our community with $10 tickets for plays and $15 for the musical, a savings of more than 50%. 

The Theatre Company’s 46th season will be presented at The Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA at 1401 Broadway St. Detroit, MI 48226. This intimate black box theatre seats between 90-140 seats depending the production. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Due to limited seating patrons are encouraged to secure their tickets early.

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