The Underground Theatre is Back for a Second Season: Who’s the Monster Now?!


DETROIT ​– The Underground Theatre will produce and showcase a month long theatre frenzy for a second summer season in the Studio Theatre. The theme for this season is entitled, “Who’s The Monster Now?!”. Each weekend in July will feature one of four exploratory works from the collaborative.

“Who’s The Monster Now?!” opens July 9 with Faustus adapted from Christopher Marlowe and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, followed by A Behanding in Spokane by Martin McDonagh, Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, and She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. Each work creates a lively atmosphere and is recognized throughout the theatre community as darkly comedic dramas. Tackling themes such as the destructive influence of power in Faustus to the convergence of fantasy and reality with She Kills Monsters, these black comedies intend to spark emotion while inciting laughter.

The collaborative presenting this season is run by students from Wayne State University with the support of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. As The Underground Theatre reimagines the theatre experience, its vision encompasses fostering a deeper sense of community and creating a safe space to ask honest and important questions, while also looking to the audience as creative partners. Taking this into consideration, each production will feature a post-show discussion with the actors, cast, and crew immediately following the performance. These talks will cover themes and motifs of the plays as well as the creative process.

Kassy Skoretz, one of the founders of the collaborative, comments on the creation of The Underground Theatre, “We started The Underground in order to explore, experiment, and share the work that we love. Theatre is a vital and visceral art through which we ask questions about our reality. Making our own theatre has been so fulfilling and we’re excited to share that with audiences!”

Tickets start at $10 and all are encouraged to subscribe to the entire season for $38! To subscribe or purchase single tickets, call 313-577-2972, or visit the Wayne State University Theatre and Dance Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting

The Studio Theatre is an intimate, 110-seat, open-stage theatre in the lower level of the Hilberry Theatre on Wayne State University’s campus that is often used for experimental, student, and classroom productions. Annual programming includes the Student Stage and the Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Writing Competition. For nearly fifty years, the Studio Theatre has presented outstanding theatre featuring WSU undergraduate students.


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