Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Palmer Park



Palmer Park

By Joanna McClelland Glass

Directed by Chaya Gordon-Bland

The Auditorium Arena Theatre

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 7:30p.m.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 7:30p.m.
Friday, October 30, 2009 - 8:00p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 3:00p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 8:00p.m.
Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 2:00p.m.

"Grand River Avenue was a solid sheet of flames for twenty blocks."

Palmer Park tells the story of a White Detroit couple that moves into a Black neighborhood following the infamous race riots. Joanna Glass’ play examines diversity and inclusion from many angles. This production is part of the Big Ten university theatre initiative.

In what is the first-ever collaborative effort among theatre departments in the Big Ten, MSU will produce Joanna McClelland Glass’ play Palmer Park. Resources from this production will be shared with other universities and the entire project will be documented for showing on the Big Ten Network.


Joanna McClelland Glass will deliver a talk entitled “The Failure of Integration” on October 28 at 5:10pm in the RCAH Auditorium. Ms. Glass' visit is being co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Department of History, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, Department of English, the American Studies Program, the Jewish Studies Program, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

Director pre-show talk Sunday, November 1, 2009 @ 1:15 PM

Talk Back (with playwright, Joanna McClelland Glass) on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. (Following the performance)


The box office at the Auditorium Arena Theatre opens one (1) hour prior to the show with doors opening 30 minutes prior. All Second Stage tickets are $8 each payable in cash or by check. Advanced ticket sales are available from the Department of Theatre main office (Room 113 AUD) before 4:00PM every day. Checks must be made payable to Michigan State University and contain a printed address. A valid driver’s license is required to purchase by check. We do not accept credit cards. Seating is limited.