See It: Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit ’67″

The first of @domorisseau's 3-play cycle on her hometown launches.

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Really thrilled for NBI Festival alum Dominique Morisseau, whose play Detroit ’67 opened tonight at The Public Theater as part of its Public Lab program and runs through March 17.  Here’s the synopsis:

It’s 1967 in Detroit and Motown music gets the party started. Chelle and her brother Lank transform their basement into an after-hours joint to make ends meet. But when a mysterious woman winds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and the flames of the ‘67 Detroit riots engulf them all. DETROIT ‘67 is presented in association with the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, the cast of Detroit ’67 features De’Adre Aziza (recognized by many of the magazine’s readers from her role in Passing  Strange), Francois Battiste, Brandon J. Dirden, Samantha Soule, and Michelle Wilson.

Dominique, a writer and actress, is a recent alum of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and a 2011-2012 Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow.  She’s currently developing a 3-play cycle on her hometown of Detroit–The Detroit ProjectsDetroit ’67 is the first play in the series, and was developed at The Public Theater and was a finalist for the 2011 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.

Very cool that all tickets to this Public Lab production are only $15.  Get tix by phone at 212 967-7555 or online at The Public Theater.

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