• Actors moving on stage. Theatre Lab, Detroit Mercy Theatre Company’s second stage for season 49.


Intensifying Your Experience

Introducing our new second stage artistic and collaborative laboratory dedicated to the discovery of theatrical imagination and expression for live presentations. These limited-run events will feature master classes, workshops, student projects and staged readings.

Sept. 20, 2019: Homecoming Weekend

DESIRE: Three One-Act Plays Based on Short Stories by Tennessee Williams

by Elizabeth Egloff, Rebecca Gilman and Beth Henley

The unraveling of nutty people, holding onto immature love and uncovering one’s sexuality are themes Tennessee Williams explores in three of his short stories adapted into three plays by three female voices.

Nov. 15, 2019

A Thanksgiving Play by Larissa Fasthorse

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a school pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.

Feb. 14, 2020

Love Stories from the Underground

Detroit Mercy’s Black Abolitionist Archive, along with DMTC and University Chorus, present the life and love of Josiah and Charlotte Henson, African American slaves who escaped to freedom in Canada in 1830.

Feb. 21, 2020

Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu

Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner dreaming of their promised land, then a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda that derails their plans. This play exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men stuck in a cycle, looking for a way out.