“The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin” brings family and drama to the Meadow Brook Theatre stage

Tom Durnin shows up on his son’s doorstep hoping to reconnect after not speaking for five years. But it’s complicated, Tom is a white-collar criminal, fresh off a sentence for investment fraud.  And coming home means facing the biggest victims of his deceit: his family. While Tom tries to win back the respect he believes he deserves, his family is forced to face the pain caused by his crime. Will they be able to put the past behind them and find a way to fit together?

Left to Right: Julia Glander as Karen Brown-Canedy, Loren Bass as Tom Durnin and Lucas Wells as James Durnin
Photo courtesy of Sean Carter Photography

“The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin,” written by Steven Levenson, runs March 15 through April 9, at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester.

“I saw this show in New York three years ago,” says Travis Walter, MBT artistic director. “It’s a great story about the role families play in the human condition. It’s a beautiful show.”

The cast features Loren Bass as Tom and Lucas Wells as his son, James Durnin. Rounding out the cast are Dani Cochrane (Katie Nicholson), Rusty Mewha (Chris Wyatt) and Julia Glander (Karen Brown-Canedy).

The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin is directed by Meadow Brook Theatre Artistic Director Travis W. Walter. Terry Carpenter is the stage manager, with set design by Brian Kessler, costumes by Liz Goodall, lighting by Reid G. Johnson and sound by Mike Duncan.

Tickets range from $27 to $42 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online at www.Ticketmaster.com.  Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing.

The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin is made possible through the generous support of The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild.

Meadow Brook Theatre is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.MBTheatre.com or call 248-377-3300. Meadow Brook Theatre is a nonprofit, cultural institution serving southeast Michigan for 50 years.

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