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Countdown to the Happy Day 05/25–06/25

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DETROIT—The first professional production of  Thomas W. Stephens’ play Countdown to the Happy Day will be given by Detroit Repertory Theatre from May 25 through June 25.

Tickets are $17 advance or $20 day of performance, and may be purchased online at detroitreptheatre.com or by calling (313) 868-1347. Countdown to the Happy Day will run Thursdays through Sundays until June 25, 2017. More information may be found at detroitreptheatre.com.

Gertie, a troubled army veteran and self-made bag lady encounters Cervin, a hulking 7th grade dropout. The emotionally combustible relationship that ensues proves to us and to them, that their lives matter.

Sandra Love Aldridge (DETROIT) makes her directorial debut with Countdown to the Happy Day. Ms. Aldridge is no stranger to the Rep stage. She is an alumnus of the DRT’s famous Actors’ Workshop, and has acted in numerous Detroit Rep productions over the past few decades, garnering many subscriber awards. She most recently returned to the Rep stage as the title character in The Realization of Emily Linder.

Her cast includes another veteran actor of the Detroit Repertory stage, Casaundra Freeman (DETROIT). Ms. Freeman will be familiar to metro Detroit area audiences for her work on many stages in the region. Most recently, she appeared in Firepower at the Rep earlier this season. Ms. Freeman shares the stage with Calvin Biggs, Jr. (DETROIT). Mr. Biggs, Jr. is a current student of theater at Wayne State University and is making his professional acting debut in Countdown to the Happy Day.

Harry Wetzel (DEARBORN) is the set designer; Mary Copenhagen (LAPEER) will design the costumes; Thomas Schraeder (BEVERLY HILLS) is the lighting designer; and Burr Huntington (ROYAL OAK) is the sound designer.

Show Times

  • May 25, 2017

    5/25/17 8:30 am

  • May 26, 2017

    5/26/17 8:30 pm

  • May 27, 2017

    5/27/17 3:00 pm

  • May 27, 2017

    5/27/17 8:30 pm

  • May 28, 2017

    5/29/17 2:00 pm

  • May 28, 2017

    5/28/17 7:30 pm

  • Jun 1, 2017

    6/1/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 2, 2017

    6/2/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 3, 2017

    6/3/17 3:00 pm

  • Jun 3, 2017

    6/3/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 4, 2017

    6/4/17 2:00 pm

  • Jun 4, 2017

    6/4/17 7:30 pm

  • Jun 8, 2017

    6/8/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 9, 2017

    6/9/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 10, 2017

    6/10/17 3:00 pm

  • Jun 10, 2017

    6/10/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 11, 2017

    6/11/17 2:00 pm

  • Jun 11, 2017

    6/11/17 7:30 pm

  • Jun 15, 2017

    6/15/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 16, 2017

    6/16/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 17, 2017

    6/17/17 3:00 pm

  • Jun 17, 2017

    6/17/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 18, 2017

    6/18/17 2:00 pm

  • Jun 18, 2017

    6/18/17 7:30 pm

  • Jun 22, 2017

    6/22/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 23, 2017

    6/23/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 24, 2017

    6/24/17 3:00 pm

  • Jun 24, 2017

    6/24/17 8:30 pm

  • Jun 25, 2017

    6/25/17 2:00 pm

  • Jun 25, 2017

    6/25/17 7:30 pm

Theater Info

Detroit Repertory Theatre

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Theater Phone: 313-868-1347

13103 Woodrow Wilson

Detroit, MI 48238