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FREE City-Wide Tour “DETROIT ’67”
10/14/2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
This free city-wide tour of “Detroit ’67” written by acclaimed playwright, Detroit native, Dominique Morisseau, will happen throughout the city focusing on the events in 1967 during the month of October.
Tickets available on a first-come-first-serve basis one hour before each performance.
Dominique Morisseau, a homegrown talent hits a poignant nerve with her riveting play Detroit ’67.
This play had a special significance for some parishioners. The playwright’s father and grandmother attended St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Detroit, MI. Our St. Tim’s members saw Dominique grow up. This was an opportunity for us – the entire village – to support one of our own.
The play is about the 1967 riot and set in a basement used as an after-hours joint. However, the play has become so much more due to events in cities across the country. For many of the attendees it took us back to a time we will never forget. The venue is a very small and intimate theater within the Max Fisher (formerly Orchestra Hall).
We were so close to the performers it was as though we were in the production. The great music, stage setting, and costumes made it very real; the language was very stark. With each use of a particular word, you were slapped back into the present where it is politically incorrect to use that word; it was buried several years ago. But during the era of the sixties that was not the case. The playwright used the “N” word to be true to the time period.
DETROIT ‘67 was thought-provoking. The following passages are excerpts from reviews: “Since 2014, the play has actually become not about the past at all, she says. “I think that that’s strange and profound, and painful, but I’m happy that the work is able to speak to some of the things that are happening” . . . Ms. Morisseau says she’s been surprised at the way her play has become “increasingly important.”
DETROIT ‘67 was a minor hit when it made its 2013 debut off-Broadway in New York and has earned high praise since then in other cities. The play won the $100,000 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for drama inspired by American history.
It is one of Morisseau’s three-play trilogy about her hometown, and particularly the African-American experience here. The feel of the play evolved, Morisseau said, thanks in part to the directing of Forbes, who has given “DETROIT ‘67” a more universal scope since the shooting deaths by police in recent years of young black men in places like Baltimore, Cleveland, New York, and Ferguson, Missouri. “She has found a way into the play that has made the play no longer just “DETROIT ‘67,” Morisseau said.
“Touring production was made possible through an arts challenge grant from the John F. and James L. Knight Foundation.”
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd
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