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  • May Invitational Shows 22 Minute Godfather, adapted for Players stage by Player Ben ListonLooking for Love, written by Player Ward KayOEDI by Richard Orloff
    Posted Apr 10, 2014, 9:26 AM by Brian Bawol
  • April Edition of The Player Download the April edition of The Player Here: View It Here:
    Posted Mar 21, 2014, 9:09 AM by Brian Bawol
  • Ramblers 2014 Please make your reservations and reserve a table for the Balduck Mountain Ramblers coming to the Playhouse on Friday, March 14th.  Call the office at 313-259-3385 or email to  
    Posted Mar 3, 2014, 8:28 AM by Brian Bawol
  • March 2014 edition of The Player Online Here's the latest edition of The Player:(download) view previous editions on The Player page.
    Posted Feb 21, 2014, 1:13 PM by Brian Bawol
  • February edition of The Player Head over to The Player page to view past issues, click this link for the February 2014 edition.
    Posted Jan 23, 2014, 2:34 PM by Brian Bawol
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About The Players

Founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1911 by a group of prominent Detroit businessmen, the Players Club of Detroit is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] mens theater club whose official purpose is to encourage amateur theater. On the first Saturday of the Season (October to April), Player members perform three one-act plays at what is called a “Frolic.” In the Shakespearean tradition, all roles on stage are played by gentlemen. Player members also do the costuming, directing, producing, set construction, makeup and other technical jobs, including those involving lights and sound. If you are interested in becoming a Player or would like to attend a Frolic as a guest, please call (313) 259-3385.

From the founding of the club in 1910 until construction of this Playhouse in 1925, the gentlemen of Players lead a gypsy-like existence. Each month they were forced to find another Detroit stage in order to put on their three one-act plays. Venues included the Detroit Athletic Club, the University Club and the Twentieth Century Club. Designed by Player member and architect William Kapp, the Historic Players' Playhouse was constructed of what were, in 1925, revolutionary materials, i.e., cinder blocks. Look closely; that’s what they are! The building includes an upstairs formal meeting room with fireplace, a small commercial kitchen, a professional four-story high stage, dressing rooms, a back-of-the-house, state-of-the-art tech booth from which all lighting and sound may be controlled, and an assortment of basement storage and prop rooms. The Playhouse is both a Federal and State of Michigan designated historic site. The old bed of Parent's Creek runs under the northeast corner of the Playhouse. Parent's Creek was the site of the battle known as "Bloody Run" during Chief Pontiac's "Uprising" of 1763.

The six auditorium wall murals depict a traveling troupe of troubadours. They were painted by famed artist Paul Honoré. The eight smaller banners represent skills and trades needed to stage a theatrical production. The external façade of the Playhouse is in Florentine Renaissance style. We welcome you to what has been described at the "world’s biggest tree house." It may be rented for weddings, receptions, anniversary parties, showers, seminars, corporate meetings and theatrical productions. For information, call 313-259-3385.

Contributions to Players

The Players is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that has been designated as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Contributions to The Players may be made directly to The Players, to its Endowment Fund or to the newly organized "Friends of the Playhouse" program and are tax deductible as allowed by law. Any donations to help us preserve what is affectionately called the "Beautiful Lady" are greatly appreciated. Information may be obtained from and/or contributions may be made by contacting The Players at the contact information below.


Check out the Membership page for information about becoming a member.