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Detroit Rep Announces Its 67th Season

Season Announcement August 26, 2023

The 67th Season of The Detroit Rep brings us Pulitzer Prize winning plays by Suzan-Lori Parks and Stephen Adly Guirgis, the continuation of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, and a new play from Richard Strand, the playwright of the Rep’s past productions, BuzzButler and The Realization of Emily Linder.

The four plays on the season explore who we are, how we became what we are, and what we are capable of.

There are lots of laughs in these plays, some catharsis, and the best that live theatre gives to us — imagination, fantasy and joy — in community.

New showtimes:

For many decades, the Detroit Rep had later evening curtain times, but now evening performances start at 8 p.m. The lobby will open one hour before showtime at 7 p.m. Put it on your calendars and set reminders.

The matinee showtimes stay the same.

Evening performance times have changed! New showtimes:

Fridays – 8 p.m. Saturdays – 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sundays – 2. p.m.

Remember, 8 p.m. for evenings at the Rep now!

New Discount ticket prices.

It is imperative that the Detroit Repertory Theatre remain as accessible as possible, while continuing to grow. The base price for individual tickets — $30 General Admission/Same Day, and Advance tickets at $25 — will stay the same.

As of September 1st, Gold (Double) Subscriptions increase to $175, and Silver (Single) Subscriptions become $100.

Subscription perks will stay the same. Gold Subscribers still get two tickets, three times, to every play for one year. Silver Subscribers still get one ticket, two times, to every play for one year.

As of September 1st, Bargain Books of ten tickets are $180. Those ten tickets can be used in any increments for a year.

For Season 67, Group Fundraiser packages have changed. Purchase 100 tickets for $15 per ticket, or 150 tickets for $13 per ticket.

Visit detroitreptheatre.com for more info on all the plays and ticket options.

The Plays:


by Suzan-Lori Parks

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love

Directed by Yolanda D. Jack

October 27 to December 17, 2023

Topdog/Underdog tells the story of Lincoln and Booth as they struggle with work, women, and abandonment. Lincoln, who works at an arcade as a whiteface Abraham Lincoln impersonator, lives with his brother, Booth. The latter dreams about hitting the big time as a Three-Card Monte hustler, a preoccupation in which Lincoln once excelled. They dream and scheme for a better life, while the ghosts of their past haunt them. Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

August Wilson’s

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

A stunning spiritual tale of self-discovery while searching for your song

Directed by Lynch Travis

January 12 to March 3, 2024

Set in 1911, a group of strangers share a boarding house as they search for lost ones, love, work, identity and their place in America. Herald Loomis arrives at Seth and Bertha’s house with his young daughter, Zonia, in search of his wife. Resident “conjure man” Bynum shows him what he is really searching for. Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is the second play in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, following African American life experiences, decade by decade.

Annabella in July

by Richard Strand

A magical fantasy about perception and identity

Directed by Leah Smith

March 15 to May 5, 2024

To celebrate their anniversary, Vanessa and Brian take a road trip in hopes of reinvigorating a flagging marriage. Lost in the mountains, they arrive at a ski lodge in the middle of July. Three locals encountered by the couple – the owner of the lodge, a teenage waitress, and a resident ski-bum with a French accent – recognize Vanessa as their dear friend Annabella, even though Vanessa’s shy, mousy personality is nothing like the descriptions of the amazing, vivacious and magical Annabella. In trying to assert that she is in no way like Annabella, Vanessa discovers her own magical powers – powers that could either save or destroy her twenty-year marriage.

Between Riverside and Crazy

by Stephen Adly Guirgis

A nuanced, dark comedy about character and an incisive indictment of the systems that act upon us

Directed by Jeff Nahan

May 17 to July 7, 2024

City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed — and the Church won’t leave him alone. For ex-cop & recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, when the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone — after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.