by Thomas W. Stephens

May 25 - June 25 2017

directed by Sandra Love Aldridge

Gertie, a troubled army veteran and self-made bag lady encounters Cervin, a hulking 7th grade dropout. The emotionally combustible relationship that ensues proves to us and to them, that their lives matter.

Countdown to the Happy Day opens May 25 and runs every Thursday through Sunday until June 25, 2017.  

All tickets, fundraisers, Bargain Booklets, and Subscriptions remain the most affordable prices for not-for-profit professional theatre in the Region. General admission is $17 in advance and $20 for regular admission –– all seats, all performances. The Rep’s “Anytime, Multi-Use” Gold Double Subscription for two is the unmatched price of $100 and a Silver Single Person Subscription is $50. 10-ticket Bargain Booklets, Regular and Matinee are $110 and $100 respectively and make great mini-fundraisers. 

The Artists:

Casaundra Freeman returns to the Rep stage as Gertie. After a hiatus from theatre she just recently appeared in Firepower at the Rep, and in Disgraced at the JET. Past DRT credits include A Facility for Living, Postcards and A Song For Coretta, all of which earned her Subscriber Awards. Other area credits include Yellowman at Performance Network and Palmer Park at JET. Casaundra is glad to be back home at the Rep!

Calvin Biggs, Jr. makes his professional acting debut as Cervin. He is currently studying theatre at Wayne State University and expects to earn his B.F.A. in May 2019. At WSU he has acted in Change Must Come, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, Two Truths and a Lie, Harriett Jacobs and This Don’t Make you Cool, as well as two student-directed short films. Welcome to the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Calvin!