Shrek The Musical

Show Plot Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad.

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Acclaimed as “an American masterpiece” (Newsweek), Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is a stunning work of “documentary theatre” in which Anna Deavere Smith uses the verbatim words of people who experiences the Los Angeles riots to expose the devastating human impact of that event. Bears theatrical witness to the barbarity not just of violence but of envy, which in Los Angeles drives both rich and poor crazy. Smith shows people struggling to make coherent sense of their rage and pain…Twilight goes some way toward reclaiming for the stage its crucial role as a leader in defining and acting out that ongoing experiment called the United States.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

People can’t stop talking about Park Players production of Alice Through the Looking Glass! Just read this glowing article from the MetroTimes: The Park Players offer a uniquely Detroit take on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’. “Katy Schoetzow (pictured above) shines as the titular character, carrying the play by conveying both a girlish innocence and an animated cartoon character quality.” -Lee Devito Some of the cast (Montellis Whitt, Jonathan Jones, and Liz Dickson with guest) enjoying the opening night cast party.

Guys and Dolls

Nathan Detroit, the infamous New York City gambler, has bet Sky Masterson that he will not be able to make the next girl that he sees fall in love with him. That girl turns out to be Sarah Brown, a prim and proper Mission gal! Meanwhile, Miss Adelaide, Nathan’s longtime fiancée, is desperate to get Nathan to the alter. The gamblers, the dancers, and the spunky do-gooders are thrown together in a charming, timeless story.

A Murder Is Announced

What better way to enjoy the Halloween season than with a murder mystery? The Park Players are proud to invite you for a night of suspense and surprises as they perform Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced, adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon. Reflecting the lifestyle and morality of 1950s England, the play is set in the old Victorian home of Miss Letitia Blacklock, who has opened her house to several boarders.

Urinetown

Urinetown - The Musical entertained audiences with its lively satire and comical musical numbers. With a great cast of old and new members, and in the capable hands of talented director Sarah Hedeen and music director Rich Alder, the quirky subject matter of this tongue-in-cheek play sprang to life, delighting audiences with sarcastic anti-musical commentary. Some remarks overheard at performances: I’ve never heard of Urinetown before, but it was the funniest musical I think I’ve ever seen.

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is one of the most beloved and accessible of all his enduring comedies. Our version is a modern, relatable adaptation, with more approachable language, suitable for all ages. The play promises to have a distinctive character and style under the talented direction of Carollette Phillips, long-time Park Players member and recent MFA graduate from Wayne’s State’s theater program. This marks the second production of a Shakespearian play by the Park Players (the first being the hugely successful A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2000).