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Detroit '67 - Full Length Play, Drama

Detroit '67

Dominique Morisseau

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573701962

A powerful play that unfolds an explosive moment in our history - the ract riots that ravaged the city of Detroit in 1967 - set to a vibrant soundtrack of the day's music.


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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - Detroit, Michigan. July 1967. A furnished basement.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Monologues, Scene work

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History!
In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and 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 pentup feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots. 

Detroit '67 features a number of classic Motown tunes. Listen to the songs below, and be sure to check out Reach on Out for Me: The Playlist of Detroit ’67.  




REVIEWS

“CRACKLING WITH HUMOR! Fire up some Motown, get those hips moving and everything will work out fine.”
- The New York Times, Read More

“If Detroit '67's sequels prove as good as it does, the search for the next Wilson or Hansberry could nearly be over.”
- Talkin’ Broadway, Read More

"3 STARS! An endearing new play...it will draw you in!"
- New York PostRead More



RELATED ARTICLE ON BREAKING CHARACTER

Reach On Out for Me: The Playlist of DETROIT '67
by Annette Storckman
February 11, 2015

Coming Out On Top
by Gianfranco Lentini
December 22, 2014


Detroit '67 was first presented Off Broadway at the Public Theater in association with Classical Theatre of Harlem and the National Black Theatre in New York City on March 11, 2013. It was directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Multicultural casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

CHELLE (MICHELLE) - Black woman, late 30’s, strong, steadfast, firm, and not easily impressed. A widow, mother, and sister. A loving heart beneath her pride.
LANK (LANGSTON) - Black man, early 30’s, cool, loving, and charismatic. A dreamer. Has a special affect on women – but not a womanizer. Chelle’s younger brother.
BUNNY (BONITA) - Black woman, mid-late 30’s, fun, spunky, sexy, and joyful. A friend and sometimes a lover… Never lets nothin’ get her down.
SLY (SYLVESTER) - Black man, late 30’s, hip, slick, and sweet-talking. An honest hustler and numbers man. Fiercely loyal. Lank’s best buddy.
CAROLINE - White woman, late 20's/early 30's, beautiful, quiet strength, troubled, soft, and mysterious. There is a world of danger behind her eyes.
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • Detroit '67 at Northlight Theatre (Scene 1)

  • Detroit '67 at Northlight Theatre (Scene 2)

Author
Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau, writer and actress, is an alumnus of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and Lark Playwrights’ Workshop. Among her playwriting credits are: Detroit ’67 (Public Theater; Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT; Northlight Theatre), Sunset  Baby (Labyrinth Theater Co – NYC; Gate Theater- London), and Follow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill; ... view full profile

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