Open Book Theatre Company

Downriver Detroit's Premier Professional Theatre

Enjoy engaging, intimate, thought-provoking theatre in Downriver Detroit
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Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea by Open Book Theatre Company

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea

May 17, 2024 - June 9, 2024
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Off Book Improv – Driveway Theatre 2024 by Open Book Theatre Company

Off Book Improv – Driveway Theatre 2024

June 1, 2024 - August 31, 2024
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Retire in Peace – Driveway Theatre 2024 by Open Book Theatre Company

Retire in Peace – Driveway Theatre 2024

June 14, 2024 - August 31, 2024
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    Upcoming Events

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    Tenth Anniversary Gala

    Event Start: 06/13/2024 @ 6:00 pm

    Event End: 06/13/2024 @ 10:00 pm

    Location: A secret "seaside" location on Grosse Ile

    Celebrate Open Book Theatre Company’s Tenth Anniversary at our special event including dinner, drinks, the premiere performance of Retire in Peace (2024 Driveway Theatre), fundraising, and more!

    Garden party dress OR high seas costumes (mermaids, pirates, and more… oh my!)

    Held at a secret “seaside” location on Grosse Ile. Registered attendees will be provided with a treasure map to the location.

    $100 – Event Ticket

    $250 – Silver Supporter Ticket

    Tickets Include:

    • Entrance to the High Seas Celebration
    • Recognition at the event
    • Additionally, each ticket purchased is an entrance for a drawing to win… BACKSTAGE PEEK PACKAGE:  A signed program and backstage tour led by a member of the staff or production team after each performance – whenever you come to the show! Get to see the dressing room and backstage setup for each show!

    $500 Gold Supporter Ticket

    Tickets Include:

    • Entrance to the High Seas Celebration
    • Recognition at the event
    • Additionally, each ticket purchased is an entrance for a drawing to win… PRODUCTION PROCESS PACKAGE.  At one production of your choice in our 24-25 season you will get to attend the first read through, a technical rehearsal, and get to sit in the booth during a performance. See how the show progresses from the first rehearsal to performance with an inside look at what happens behind the scenes! Also includes a signed program from that show.  PLUS – a walk-on role in the Driveway Theatre performance at the Gala! No memorization or rehearsal required!

    Upcoming Productions (Season 11 - 2024-25)

    A Doll’s House Part 2  by Open Book Theatre Company

    A Doll’s House Part 2 

    September 6, 2024 - September 29, 2024
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    Breaking Laws to Gain Freedom: Liberating Stories of Detroit  by Open Book Theatre Company

    Breaking Laws to Gain Freedom: Liberating Stories of Detroit 

    November 8, 2024 - December 1, 2024
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    Bernhardt/Hamlet    by Open Book Theatre Company

    Bernhardt/Hamlet   

    January 10, 2025 - February 2, 2025
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    Ripcord by Open Book Theatre Company

    Ripcord

    March 14, 2025 - April 6, 2025
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    Artemisia by Open Book Theatre Company

    Artemisia

    May 16, 2025 - June 8, 2025
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      “Open Book Theatre Company is a class act from start to finish, and the shows they produce are of the highest quality.”
      Don Calamia, The Cranky Critic
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      Watch this clip featuring Open Book Theatre Company on PBS's Under the Radar!

      Gift Certificates Available

      Want to buy tickets for someone, but not lock them in to a specific date?

      You determine the amount… and they can be used for tickets to any of our events! (keep in mind the price of tickets… for instance, if you want to gift someone two general admission tickets, $60 is perfect!)

      Buy online and print out your certificate immediately. You can also EMAIL the gift certificate to the recipient.

      Can’t buy online or print or email? Visit or call the box office at 734 288-7753 and we can process your order over the phone, and mail or email the certificate to you or the recipient, or arrange a time for you to pick it up! If you call and we’re not in leave and message and we’ll call you back!

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      Dinner and a Show

      Get $10 Off Your Dinner at Mr. Nick's!

      We’re so excited to work with locally owned Mr. Nick’s, just blocks away from the theatre, to present a new DINNER AND A SHOW deal for every Thursday evening performance in our 2023-24 season.

      For the price of a regular ticket (adults $30, seniors $25, and students only $15) you can enjoy $10 off your meal at Mr. Nick’s.

      To get your dinner and a show ticket simply purchase a ticket for any Thursday performance and choose the DINNER AND A SHOW ticket add on (no additional price!). Show your ticket at Mr Nick’s for $10 off your meal on the day of your show!

      Thursday nights for each play:

      • Grand Concourse: Oct 5, 2023
      • Georgianna and Kitty: Dec 7 and 14, 2023
      • Every Brilliant Thing: Feb 8, 2024
      • The 39 Steps: April 4 and 11, 2024
      • Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea: June 6, 2024

      *offer not valid on season tickets. 

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      Discounted Tickets

      Available for Seniors and Students

      We're excited to offer a special Senior Discount, with tickets at just $25, making it more accessible for our valued senior patrons to enjoy our captivating performances.

      For students, immerse yourself in the world of theater with our Student Discount, offering tickets at only $15 each.

      Whether you're a student looking for a cultural escape or a senior ready to indulge in the arts, our discounted rates are tailored to ensure everyone can experience the magic of live theater in Downriver Detroit.

      Secure your seats now and get ready for an unforgettable theatrical journey!

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      Group Discounts Available

      Looking to purchase tickets for a large group of people? Contact Us.

      Bring the Crowd and Save at Open Book Theatre! Organizing a group outing has never been more rewarding.

      We offer an exclusive discount for parties of 10 or more, making it the perfect opportunity to gather friends, family, or colleagues for an unforgettable theatrical experience.

      Whether it's a night out, a special celebration, or a corporate event, our group discounts add an extra layer of joy to your theater visit.

      Book your group tickets today and enjoy the thrill of live performances in Downriver Detroit, all while making great savings!

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      A Journey of Passion and Performance

      The Story of Open Book Theatre From the Founder, Krista Schafer

      Discover the inspiring tale behind Open Book Theatre Company in our special video feature. From humble beginnings to becoming a beacon of creativity in Downriver Detroit, our story is one of passion, community, and the transformative power of theater. This journey, told by the founder, showcases the dedication and dreams that shaped our company. Watch and be part of the narrative that continues to evolve with every curtain call.

      Become a Season Ticket Holder

      Embrace the full spectrum of theatrical experiences with our season tickets at Open Book Theatre Company. Each ticket is your passport to a diverse range of compelling plays, encompassing everything from deep, thought-provoking dramas to heartwarming comedies, all delivered by our talented local artists. With a season ticket, you'll enjoy not just significant savings, but also the assurance of a reserved spot to witness the magic of each performance. Join us in celebrating the art of live theater and become a part of our close-knit community, right here in Downriver Detroit.

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      The Venue

      Just east of the intersection of West and Fort, across from the Dairy Queen. Our facility is fully handicapped accessible. In the summer of 2016 we transformed two storefronts into a beautiful black box theatre, complete with spacious lobby, box office, bathrooms, dressing room, tech booth, storage, and more!
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      Support Open Book Theatre Company

      Support the Art of Storytelling at Open Book Theatre! Open Book Theatre’s loyal and generous patrons enable our company and our art form to flourish. Together, we promote connection through theatrical storytelling,

      Your generous donation is vital in nurturing the rich tapestry of performances that light up our stage in Downriver Detroit. Each contribution, big or small, helps us continue to present captivating stories, support local talent, and maintain our commitment to high-quality theater. Join us in this artistic endeavor – every donation is a step towards keeping the magic of theater alive and thriving in our community. Show your support and make a difference today!

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      Advertise with Open Book Theatre Company

      Advertising with Open Book gets your information in front of our audience of active and motivated theatre-goers and helps support the arts in your community!

      Program Ads

      Programs are distributed to each member of the audience for all performances of our 5 main stage shows. Each main stage production has 13-17 performances. Ads can be purchased for one show, but a discount is given for purchasing ads for an entire season (buy 4, get 1 free!). Program pages are 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches with a slight border and printed in black and white or color. Prices start as low as $75 for one play. See the matrix below or download our contract for more information.

      FOR RESTAURANTS ONLY

      Many of our patrons eat out before or after our shows, and are often looking for new places to eat (particularly those from out of town). In addition to advertising in our program we offer this way to bring our audience to your tables: your logo, name, address and phone with a link to your website on our website, as well as in our marketing emails (with an email list of over 2000): $100 per show/ $400 per season (or $50/200 with a program ad purchase of any size).

      Uncover the Magic Behind the Curtains

      Dive into our journey, from the vibrant tales of past productions to the pillars of our inclusive ethos. Your backstage pass to our story and support network awaits!

      Who's Who

      Take a Look Behind the Scenes

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      Donors & Sponsors

      See who helps to fund Open Book Theatre

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      Past Productions

      View details about our past productions

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      Diversity & Inclusion Policy

      A Commitment to Change

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