Pvt. Wars

By James McLure
Directed by David L. Regal

September 27, 28*, October 4 and 5 at 8:00 p.m.
29** and October 6 at 2:00 p.m.
At the Marygrove Theatre
*Afterglow **Talkback


DETROIT, MI – The price of war is a conversation that has echoed through the campus of University of Detroit Mercy many times over the past century.  The cost of war and the aftermath haunts the UDM Theatre Company’s 43rd Season opening production of Pvt. Wars by James McLure.  This intimate and darkly funny drama engages three war veterans as they recover from their physical and psychological wounds they received in combat.  Directed by David L. Regal, Pvt. Wars will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on September 27, 28, October 4 and 5 at 8:00 p.m. and at 2:00 p.m. on September 29 and October 6 at the Marygrove Theatre.  Veterans are encouraged to attend and will receive tickets for $5 a 75% discount!

Pvt. WarsPvt. Wars involves the conversations of three Vietnam War G.I.s as they recover from physical injuries sustained in the war. Hailing from vastly different backgrounds, the trio use irreverence and humor to assuage the psychological damage that remains long after the physical wounds have healed.  

With gratitude to our men and women in uniform, both past and present, we are offering $5.00 admission for veterans and members of the military to all performances of Pvt. Wars, and a $12.00 ticket for their guests.

The late James McLure grew up in Shreveport, LA where he was educated by the Jesuits. His plays Lone Star and Pvt. Wars were presented off-Broadway in 1979 after premiering at the Humana Festival in Louisville, KY. His subsequent plays include: Thanksgiving, The Day They Shot John Lennon, The River Cane, and an adaptation of John O'Keeffe's 18th-century comedy Wild Oats, which he re-set in the Old West. This adaptation was produced as an official entry for the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival. Pvt. Wars made its London premier at the Greenwich Studio Theatre on September 1, 1991 with Billy Lomas (Natwick), Dorian Lough (Silvio), and Pancho Russell (Gately). For many years McLure was a participant playwright in The Missoula Colony, a writers workshop of the Montana Repertory Theatre, and holds the distinction of being the only playwright to contribute to the Colony in every year of its existence.

Theatre Company Alumni Dax Anderson (Detroit, MI) and Patrick O’Cronin (West Bloomfield, MI) each return to the Theatre Company stage working alongside new-comer Greg Ettleman (Battle Creek, MI). The production crew includes Director David L. Regal (Ferndale, MI), new-comer Stage Mangaer Elizabeth Didia (Chesterfield, MI), Scenic and Costume Designer Melinda Pacha (Royal Oak, MI), Technical Director Rudy Schupebach (Detroit, MI) and Director of Marketing and Management Greg Grobis (Detroit, MI).

Dax Anderson (Natwick) first made his mark in the theatre during the 1999, 2000, and 2001 seasons at UDM, performing in productions of Death of A Salesman and The Dumb Waiter, among others. Since graduating he has remained a friend of the Theatre Company, and has returned for a number of guest performances, most recently in 2011’s Anatomy of a Grey. Outside of Detroit Mercy, Dax is a regular performer at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, appearing in shows such as Endgame (2012) and Postcards (2013). He has also tried his hand at film acting, most notably in 2006’s Corrupted Minds.

Patrick Cronin (Silvio) is a graduate of the UDM Theatre Company who has appeared at Meadowbrook, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, and nearly every experimental theatre in town. An equity candidate, Patrick has also appeared in film and on television. For eight years he was a member of the Classic Theatre in Greece program.

David L. Regal (Director) is a founder of the UDM’s Theatre Company.  Graduating from the first MFA class of the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State University, David took a leading role in developing the Theatre Company at UDM.   Regal is currently the Artistic Director of the Theatre Company where he acts, directs and teaches.  Regal has performed across the country and has won numerous awards, including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and the Lee Hills Award.  Tim Allen, Keegan Michael Key and David Patrick Kelly, among many others, credit Regal with being their acting coach.  David’s other credits include past Artistic Director at Meadowbrook Theatre.