“Detroit ’67” opens at TheatreSquared

Photo: Wesley Hitt, courtesy of TheatreSquared

A new show by Tony nominee and MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant winner Dominique Morisseau is now playing at TheatreSquared.

The critically acclaimed play Detroit ’67 officially opens this weekend at TheatreSquared’s new state of the art facility in down town Fayetteville, and will run through Nov. 6.

From the description of the show:

It’s 1967 in Detroit, and Motown music is getting the party started. Siblings Chelle and 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. This vibrant, raw, “crackling with humor” drama (The New York Times) won the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama.

The new show is directed by T2 Director of New Play Development Dexter J. Singleton, who happens to have produced and starred-in the play before. Singleton has long been an admirer of Morisseau.

“I think there are a lot of people who would say Dominique Morisseau is one of the most revolutionary writers in the theater today,” Singleton said in a press release about the new show. “She captures working-class Detroiters perfectly, and the heart of Black women in Detroit. She is great at giving you a socially conscious moment and then flipping it, turning it into something comedic. Ultimately, it’s a play about hope and the resilience of the human spirit.”

The play stars Devereau Chumrau, Tenisi Davis, Na’Tosha De’Von, Christopher Alexander Chukwueke, and Jenna Krasowski, with Scenic Design by Baron Pugh, Costume Design by Azalea Fairley, Lighting Design is by John Alexander, and Sound Design is by Bill Toles.

T2 executive director Martin Miller said he believes audiences are going to love Detroit ’67.

“There are folks who’ve been coming to TheatreSquared for a decade or more, who, once every year or so, walk straight up to me with a huge smile, saying, ‘this is the best one yet,” Miller said. “This is going to be one of those shows.”

Performances are scheduled Tuesday-Sundays through Nov. 6.

Tickets range from $20-$54. To purchase, or for more information, visit theatre2.org.