Performances are at Dog Story Theater


Friday, June 3 – 8pm
Saturday, June 4 – 3pm
Saturday, June 4 – 8pm
Sunday, June 5 – 3pm

Welcome to Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1978. This is the final, crumbling remnant of the American Mafia, as it once was. The code of silence still preserved, in a rapidly changing climate. Gambling, prostitution and drug use pervade every class of society, while greed and ambition descend upon this forgotten vacation destination. With gambling recently legalized, Steven Harker goes toe to toe with Nicky Bruno and the whole Philly Mob for ownership of The Resorts Casino and Hotel, the first legitimate gambling operation on the East Coast. The stakes are high, and the tensions even higher as Steven falls head first into a tangled web of mistrust, betrayal, lust and pride. As the old traditions die, torn apart by reckless men in a changing age, can Steven survive? And who will he be when the dust finally settles? From the playwrights who brought you Marilyn’s Kennedy and Murder at Grave’s End, comes the story of the last stand of the old Mafia, in the last place anyone expected.

Boardwalk Blues contains adult language, drug use, violence and sexuality and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

The University Wits are a Grand Rapids theatre company in their forth season and are recognized for excellence in theatrical design.

General Admission: $16

Student Rush: $12

Student rush tickets are available on the day of the performance at the box office.


Steven Harker: Chris Kotcher

Nicodemo “Nicky” Bruno: Kyle Westmaas

Anthony “Tony” Bruno: Ross Johnson

Rosa (Bella) Bruno: Morgan Springsteen

Marco Zizzi: David Cobb

Verona (Panella) Bruno: Emily Parr

Lawrence “Lenny” Donovan: Michael Pollock

Gualtiero “Lucky” Luciano: Shane German

Francesca “Frankie” DiMeglio: Meagan Elizabeth Beitner

Joseph “Joe” Lazzaro: Ian Andrew Mockerman

Dominic Celeno/Philip Bruno: Matt Hartman

Campaign Manager/Micky/Various: Betz Lund

City Planner/Hitman/Various: Peter L Johnson