Rahway, New Jersey- NaLa Theatrical Group (National Awareness through Live Arts) presents Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 which is their third production since starting in 2014. The play had its world premiere back in 2013 in a three-way coproduction between the Public Theater, Classical Theater of Harlem and the National Black Theater Detroit ’67, is apart of Dominique’s Detroit trilogy. Detroit ’67 has been produced on multiple stages throughout the country in New York and Baltimore just to name a few. Dominique Morisseau’s is on the American Theatre’s list of the 20 most produced playwrights for the 2015-2016 season, and in 2014 Detroit ’67 was named the winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.
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 pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city and they find themselves caught in the middle of the 1967 riots.
NaLa Theatrical Group’s own Nakia McCall to Direct
NaLa’s own Nakia McCall is directing this powerful and timely play in her second season as artistic director of NaLa. Her directing credits her include Loss, Loss, Redemption, which was her first original production. It brought awareness to domestic violence. In April she produced, Theatre Night: A Celebration of the African American Stage. This production featured scenes performances from the great stage plays: Porgy and Bess, Fences, and Ruined. Theatre Night was curated to expose the community to traditional theatre and to pay homage to legendary playwrights such as August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberry and Lynn Nottage.
More about Playwright Dominique Morisseau
Dominique Morisseau was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She is a playwright, performance poet and actress. Morisseau received her BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan. With her roots in performance poetry, Dominique has since become a noted award-winning playwright in New York City. She has created plays for the time and rooted in her upbringing and love for her hometown, Detroit. She is currently developing a 3-play cycle entitled “The Detroit Projects” that will include Detroit ’67, Paradise Blues and Skeleton Key. She does an exquisite job at bringing real-life experiences to her plays. Suzy Evans from American Theatre said it best, “As Forbes notes in her Steinberg speech, the character’s in Morisseau’s plays possess “pieces and shreds and glimpses of people who have raised Dominique who she loves and cares for fiercely.”” Morisseau is a visionary in her own right and has strong ties to her community and it is evident in the work she has created.
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