Dionysus Theatre Company presents Detroit ’67
Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Gabbi Mendelsohn
In Detroit ’67, playwright Dominique Morisseau reimagines the Detroit of her parents’ generation and the riots, known as “The Great Rebellion,” that began on a Sunday in 1967.
Sister and brother, Chelle and Lank, have reinstituted their make-shift after-hours joint in their house on Twelfth Street, with all the hottest music of the day: The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas. Of course, the after-hours joint may not exactly be legal, and the city cops have been cracking down. Tensions have been building between police unit, “The Big Four,” and the black residents of the Twelfth Street Neighborhood, and things are about to come to blows.
“The thing is, I’m a romantic. I like to re-live my parent’s memories as if they were my own. I like to see the beauty in my city and remind us of who we are, what we did, and what we have the potential to become. To this play is not necessarily a history lesson. […] However creative I am choosing to be, I am not being unfaithful to the spirit of the city or the outrage that ignited the riots.” (Morriseau, Dominique. Detroit ’67, Oberon Books Ltd, 2013, p. 5)
*Please note: play contains strong language and themes of violence*
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Chelle Grace Clark
Bunny Marie Altenor
Lank Spencer Dunn
Sly Maurice Clark
Caroline Tina Parziale