An Evening of Detroit Theater History, Past and Present


An Evening of Detroit Theater History, Past and Present


Friday, May 19th 2017 6:30-11:00pm

The Detroit Public Theater

[Orchestra Hall at the] Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI  48201

With the second largest theater district in the country, Detroit has a long and storied history in the theater. Step behind the velvet curtain and tread the boards with us as we dive into those tales. Detroit History Tours is thrilled to pair off in a double act with The Detroit Public Theater to host  An Evening of Detroit Theater History, Past and Present. You’ll be greeted with a cocktail as you enter the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center - home of the world renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra. We’ve assembled a dream team of Detroit Theater legends, including David Regal and Courtney Burkett , who will take the stage for a discussion, moderated by Bailey Sisoy Isgro. They’ll share their personal memories of the shows they’ll never forget, the jobs that scared the hell out of them, and what they are looking forward to in the future. After the discussion you’ll enjoy an included hor d'oeuvres cocktail break before being seated for the season finale of Detroit Public Theaters The Harassment of Iris Malloy. As the lights come up and the applause dies down you’ll be escorted on a behind the scenes tour of the Detroit Public Theater space, complete with the dressing rooms, hiding spots, and technical studios, that make the theater so magical to its patrons. As an encore the award winning cast will host a short meet and greet for autographs and photos; so hold onto your playbill or allow a member of our staff to take and instantly print a photo for you to have signed. When the music starts and the lights dim we hope you’ll be sitting beside us.

The Play:

The Harassment of Iris Malloy

A single mother places a bet on a new life after an intimate encounter with a decorated senator, and the fallout will change them both forever. The Harassment of Iris Malloy is an epic political thriller that challenges us to explore power, privilege and parenthood. Zak Berkman’s new drama is a rolling world premiere.

The Panelists:

Courtney Burkett - is a 4th generation native Detroiter and a Founding Producing Artistic Director at Detroit Public Theatre.  For five seasons Courtney was the Director of Theatre Programs with Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, directing the internationally-acclaimed Mosaic Acting Company. Prior to joining Mosaic, Burkett was a founding Artistic Partner with Breathe Art Theatre Project. She also served as the the Business Manager for the University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company, and the Managing Director of the CRLT Players at the University of Michigan. Burkett performs and directs with Detroit-area theatres on a regular basis. Her work has been recognized with several local theatre awards and nominations. She received her BFA from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis, and her MFA from Wayne State's Hilberry Theatre program.

David Regal - has been a part of the local theatre community for over 45 years, 40 of them spent as Artistic Director of the Theatre Company. His credentials and accomplishments are unparalleled. As chair of the University of Detroit Theatre Arts Department, he supervised the production of 148 plays which ended up winning numerous Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor awards for The Theatre Company. Of those 148 plays, he directed 60 and acted in 47. He personally holds several awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director. During his 40 years as Theatre Company Artistic Director, he shared his talents with other area theatres, directing more than 35 plays for other venues and appearing onstage in a like number. Concurrent with his UofD/UDM career, he served as Artistic Director of Meadow Brook Theatre for five years. He is a recipient of the prestigious Lee Hills Career Achievement Award given by the Detroit Free Press, who once called him “Detroit Theatre Royalty”.

Of course we also have a few more surprises up our sleeves…

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