Hilberry was created in 1963 by Leonard Leone, who believed that a repertory system is the best possible training experience for careers in the theatre. Clarence B. Hilberry, then president of Wayne State University, took responsibility for raising the funds to convert the First Church of Christ Scientist in Detroit into the open-stage theatre that remains the company’s home to this day. The Kentucky Cycle Parts I and II, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Lovers and Executioners (Between the Lines) are only a few of the Hilberry productions that have won praise over the years. The company has been chosen to perform at Ford’s Theatre and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in the Far East for the USO.
Hilberry Repertory Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (accessible by a few public bus routes)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good. Visitors requiring assistance are asked to make seating arrangements when purchasing tickets.
- Performance/Programs: Six productions per season, between 5-15 performances of each.
- Ticket Prices: $12-30, depending on event and seating.
- Group Discounts: Groups of 15 or more receive $10 off each individual ticket, as well as one free ticket per 15 visitors.
- Subscriptions: Three subscription series available, each including one admission to each season production. Series A (Production Talkback Series) includes a brief discussion with company actors and designers; Series D (Discussion Series) includes more in depth technical discussion of each production; Series E (Opening Night Series) includes admission to opening night performances as well as receptions with cast and crew.