The Underground

The Incubator for Emerging Artists

The Underground productions allow aspiring artists to discover, create, and present their theatre and dance visions. The series offers an array of stories and experiences. Audiences will emerge enlightened and entertained.

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For accessibly information for The Underground Theatre at the Hilberry, please call the box office at 313-577-2972.

 

2022-2023 Season

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November 4-5, 2022

The End of a Society - by LaRaisha Dionne

November 4-5, 2022

Underground Theatre at the Hilberry

The End of a Society by LaRaisha Dionne is an Afro-futuristic adventure that blends the culture and mythologies of Yoruba, Egypt, and Black America while calling upon the poetry of Alice Dunbar Nelson and William Shakespeare. After a successful reading with Shakespeare in Detroit in the Summer of 2021, this world premiere at the Underground will tell the story of a group of Black women in the final days of human existence, and their fantastical journey back to the motherland to determine the fate of the world.

Performance schedule

  • 8 p.m. Friday, November 4
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, November 5
  • 8 p.m. Friday, November 5
 

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November 18-19, 2022

The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet - by Ron West and Phil Swann

November 18-19, 2022

Underground Theatre at the Hilberry

The People Vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet is a musical comedy telling the story of Romeo and Juliet from a new perspective. By Ron West and Phil Swann, the story shows Friar Laurence behind bars, and charged for the 'murder' of the two young lovers. As the trial progresses mayhem and silliness abound with laugh out loud bits, catchy songs, and scenes equal parts Vaudeville and Bard.

Performance schedule

  • 8 p.m. Friday, November 18
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, November 19
  • 8 p.m. Friday, November 19

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April 14-15, 2023

She Kills Monsters - by Qui Nguyen

April 14-15, 2023

Allesee Dance Theatre

She Kills Monsters tells the story of a young woman embarking on a fantastical Dungeons and Dragons adventure in pursuit of understanding her late younger sister.  Set in 1995, this story goes back and forth between the real world and the world of D&D. She Kills Monsters is a one act comedic adventure/drama that addresses themes of familial bonds, LGBTQ+ issues, and the struggles of being an outcast.

Performance schedule

  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 14
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15
  • 8 p.m. Friday, April 15

 


Theatre and Dance at Wayne abides by Wayne State Covid protocols to ensure the safest environment for you and our community.  All audience members are required to complete the Wayne State Daily Screener before attending any on campus performance.  All visitors are required to be masked. There is no requirement for vaccination or booster. Our commitment to your health and safety includes timely updates to University protocols. 

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