Detroit Repertory Theatre Returns For the 65th Time With Laughter and Love For the Arts

Modified: July 07, 2022 | Story by Ashley M. Lyle


DETROIT, February 8, 2022 – The Detroit Repertory Theatre is kicking off the 65th season with a hilarious ode to the performing arts, its artists, and the celebration of live theatre.Michigan’s longest-running, nonprofit, professional, union theatre, located in the center -the heart – of the city of Detroit, is known for its diversity-centered approach to live theatre.The return of live theatre to the Detroit Rep stage this season is made possible in part by a grant from MGM Grand Detroit.


Asking Strangers the Meaning of Life is a seriously ridiculous comedy about our search for meaning in a post-pandemic world. A man claiming to be Franz Kafka has a near-death experience comically interrupted by a parade of strangers all seeking the answers to life’s deepest questions.


Playwright William Missouri Downs has had over 300 productions of his plays in the US, including the Detroit Repertory Theatre’s Forgiving John Lennon in 2011.


Artistic Director Leah Smith (DETROIT) has assembled a company of local professional theatre artists for Asking Strangers the Meaning of Life, some familiar to Detroit Rep audiences, some making their debut.


Harry Wetzel (DEARBORN HEIGHTS) and Jonathan Jones (DETROIT) return to the DetroitRep stage, Hallie Bee Bard (FARMINGTON), Miles Bond (FARMINGTON HILLS), and Tamara PiLar Allen (DETROIT) are making their debut.


Detroit Repertory Theatre Returns For the 65th Time With Laughter and Love For the Arts

For Immediate Release

Now through February 25, 2022

Design and technical support come from Jeff Nahan (FERNDALE) as the production StageManager, Harry Wetzel doubling as Set Designer, Mary Copenhagen (LAPEER) as CostumeDesigner, Burr Huntington (ROYAL OAK) is Sound Designer, and Daniel Morency (GROSSEPOINTE WOODS) is Light Designer.


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The first professional (Union), nonprofit theatre in the State of Michigan, the DetroitRepertory Theatre’s mission is guided by the belief that the sense of community is stronger than the forces that splinter and that efforts to preserve unity deserve the same attention and support as the justly cultivated efforts to retain diversity. The implicit goal in all the theatre’s efforts is to produce the best professional theatre while fostering cultural democratization of the arts, and fighting, by example, the disturbing level of racism that still exists.


Detroit Repertory Theatre is located in the geographical heart of the city at 13103Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI 48238. Parking is Attended, Lighted, Fenced-In and Free. (313)868-1347 |


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