Winner of the 2014 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History
Two siblings find themselves caught up in Detroit's 1967 riots in this new play from a top emerging American playwright.
Detroit, 1967. 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 riots. Detroit '67
premiered at New York's The Public Theater in 2013, in association with the Classical Theater of Harlem and the National Black Theater.
"Riveting... what makes Morisseau's play so mind-blowing is the language. Her ear is in the tradition of the people's poet Langston Hughes and the people's soul collector Zora Neale Hurston; plus Morisseau is a direct heir to the magical wordsmiths named Lorraine Hansberry, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson." - Kevin Powell, Huffington Post
"An exceptional work that exemplifies the mission of the Edward M. Kennedy] prize in its exploration of the rich history of our country through the power of theater." - Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith
" We have] unanimously chosen to award the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History to Detroit '67
by Dominique Morisseau. The first in a three-play cycle about her hometown, Detroit, the play explores an explosive and decisive moment in a great American city. The jury was completely drawn into the world of Detroit '67
, whose compelling characters struggle with racial tension and economic instability... Detroit '67
is a work grounded in historical understanding that also comments meaningfully on the pressing issues of our day." - Jury panel, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History