Detroit 67 by dominique morisseau
Detroit 67 by Dominique MorisseauWinner of the 2014 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History
Two siblings find themselves caught up in Detroits 1967 riots in this new play from a top emerging American playwright.
Detroit, 1967. Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of riots. Detroit 67 premiered at New Yorks The Public Theater in 2013, in association with the Classical Theater of Harlem and the National Black Theater.
Riveting... what makes Morisseaus play so mind-blowing is the language. Her ear is in the tradition of the peoples poet Langston Hughes and the peoples soul collector Zora Neale Hurston; plus Morisseau is a direct heir to the magical wordsmiths named Lorraine Hansberry, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson. - Kevin Powell, Huffington Post
An exceptional work that exemplifies the mission of the [Edward M. Kennedy] prize in its exploration of the rich history of our country through the power of theater. - Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith
[We have] unanimously chosen to award the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History to Detroit 67 by Dominique Morisseau. The first in a three-play cycle about her hometown, Detroit, the play explores an explosive and decisive moment in a great American city. The jury was completely drawn into the world of Detroit 67, whose compelling characters struggle with racial tension and economic instability... Detroit 67 is a work grounded in historical understanding that also comments meaningfully on the pressing issues of our day.” - Jury panel, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History
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Preview: Playwright Morisseau calls “Detroit ’67” a hometown love song
An overly tidy drama that uses the riots that roiled the title city as the background to formulaic stories about a brother and sister at odds and an interracial romance, Ms. The production, presented as part of the Public Lab series in association with the Classical Theater of Harlem and the National Black Theater where it moves after the Public run , evokes the period with vibrant specificity. From the record player, and eventually the eight-track tape player, comes a steady stream of Motown hits: the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the Four Tops. The costumes, by Esosa, are slick vintage duds that would fetch nice prices on eBay. On the cinder-block walls of the set, by Neil Patel, are photographs of an assortment of celebrated African-American figures, from Malcolm X to Aretha Franklin.
The streets are aflame with conflict in Dominique Morisseau’s play “Detroit ’67,” but the temperature in the basement recreation room where the action takes place never rises much above a mild simmer. Chelle (Michelle Wilson) and Lank (Francois Battiste) have recently inherited.
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Their friends Sly and Bunny are there to make sure the basement is packed every night and to keep Martha and the Vandellas, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson playing on the 8-track machine. But Chelle and Lank have conflicting ideas on what to do with the money. Lank and Sly want to invest in a bar; Chelle wants to pay off the mortgage and keep her son Julius in school at the Tuskegee Institute. To complicate matters, the arrival of an elusive white woman named Caroline stands to stop the music and puncture the family dynamic. With the city erupting into riots because of police brutality, the sounds of Motown may not be enough to keep the Poindexter family in tune.