Comedy ‘Native Gardens’ at Meadow Brook Theatre

Hilarious comedy runs March 21 – April 14, 2024, on the campus of Oakland University

High-powered lawyer Pablo, and his doctoral candidate, very pregnant wife, Tania have just moved into their dream house. It needs some work, but they’re excited to be next-door neighbors to community stalwarts Frank and Virginia. A disagreement over a long-standing fence line spirals into a hilarious war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. Will anyone come out smelling like a rose? Or will it all turn to… fertilizer?

The comedy Native Gardens, by Karen Zacarías, runs March 20 through April 14, 2024, at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

L to R: Stefania Gonzalez, Michael De Souza, Tobin Hissong, and Mary Robin Roth. Photo courtesy of Sean Carter Photography

“This show humorously challenges assumptions,” says Travis Walter, MBT artistic director. “You move into a new house; you want to get along with your neighbors. Everything starts off fine, but then an assumption leads to a clarification, which leads to the truth. Sometimes that truth becomes a much bigger deal than it should.”

Michael De Souza and Stefania Gonzalez play Pablo and Tania, while Tobin Hissong and Mary Robin Roth are Frank and Virginia.

Native Gardens is directed by Travis W. Walter. Scenic design is by Christa Tausney, costume design by Krista Brown, lighting design by Neil Koivu, and sound design by Mike Duncan. Brittanie Nichole Sicker is the stage manager and Stacy White is the assistant stage manager.

Tickets range from $37 to $46 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online at Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing. Native Gardens is suggested for audience members in high school and up.

Native Gardens is made possible through the generous support of The Michigan Arts and Cultural Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild.

Meadow Brook Theatre is a professional theatre located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. For additional information, please visit or call 248-377-3300. Meadow Brook Theatre is a nonprofit, cultural institution serving southeast Michigan for 57 years.

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