Star-studded event and community discussion kicks off ’67 plays
Detroit native and internationally awarded playwright, actress and television writer Dominique Morisseau is returning home with Blair Underwood, Andre Holland and Ruben Santiago-Hudson for a public event around her cycle of Detroit plays, entitled “The Detroit Project.” This free panel discussion takes place Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
The first acclaimed play in the cycle, DETROIT ’67, about the 1967 uprising, is premiering in Detroit May 13 – June 5 with the Detroit Public Theatre at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. As a kick-off to this production, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Detroit Public Library, Detroit Historical Society and Wayne State University in association with the Detroit Public Theatre and FreeDom’s Daughter Productions present:
“CAPTURING DETROIT: Owning the Narrative of Our City” – A free public conversation with Blair Underwood (AGENTS of Shield),Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Low Winter Sun, Lakawanna Blues), Andre Holland (Selma, CINEMAX’s The Knick), Marlowe Stoudamire(DHS – Detroit 67 Project) and Native Detroiter/International Playwright and TV Writer Dominique Morisseau (DETROIT ’67 play), moderated by Legendary Poet/Publisher Jessica Care Moore.
This panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be an open dialogue/conversation around Ms. Morisseau’s work, discussing her nationally acclaimed cycle of Detroit plays, and the impact that these stories and others have on shaping the narrative of Detroit.
Blair Underwood, Andre Holland and Ruben Santiago-Hudson have all participated in Ms. Morisseau’s Detroit cycle. Santiago-Hudson directed Holland and Underwood (in the starring role of Blue) in Morisseau’s play PARADISE BLUE, about the urban renewal of Paradise Valley, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2015. Santiago-Hudson also recently directed SKELETON CREW, Morisseau’s final play in the trilogy about the auto-industry in 2008, which received rave reviews Off-Broadway in NYC at Atlantic Theatre Company and is returning by popular demand in May 2016.
CAPTURING DETROIT: Owning the Narrative of Our City is the kick-off for a series of public conversations that will be continued by the Detroit Public Theatre’s production of the play DETROIT ’67, May 13 – June 5. More info on the play can be found at detroitpublictheatre.org.The April 17 event featuring Blair Underwood and others is FREE and first-come / first serve. Please arrive early and RSVP atrsvpdetroitApril17@gmail.com.
Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, The Wright Museum is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit TheWright.org.