Built by Detroiters for Detroiters on a historical site.
From its founding in 1911 to the construction of the Playhouse in 1925, the Players led a gypsy like existence. Each month they were obliged to find another Detroit stage on which to perform.
Fellow Player and architect William Kapp of the then Smith, Hinchman and Grylls firm (now The Smith Group) designed the playhouse in the Florentine Renaissance style. The Playhouse is constructed entirely of cinderblock, a revolutionary building material in the 1920s. The building includes a formal meeting room (Founders Room), small commercial kitchen, a professional 4-story stage complete with trap doors, state of the art digital lighting and sound booth, makeup rooms, prop rooms, and lobby bar.
The famed sculptor Corrado Parducci sculpted the gargoyles gracing the front façade, as well as the large urns flanking the main stage.
French painter and artist Paul Honore painted six art deco murals on tapestry depicting a troupe of wandering troubadours that hang in the Great Hall.
The bed of Parents Creek lies underneath the building. Near this site on July 31, 1763, the Battle of Bloody Run (so called because the creek ran red with blood) took place between Chief Pontiac and British forces.A State of Michigan historical marker commemorating this battle sits in front of the building.
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