Riveting drama brings historic 1967 Detroit race riots into the spotlight

Nwachukwu Oputa, Trey Jones, and TJ Taylor in Detroit '67

It’s 1967, Motown music rules, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by holding after-hours dance parties in the basement of their home. But when Lank shelters a battered white woman, the siblings clash over more than the family business and the riots burning their city’s black neighborhoods.

Detroit ‘67 is a redemptive story of family and survival and was the winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.

Fresno State University Theatre is pleased to announce the second virtual production of our 2020 -2021 mainstage season, “Detroit ‘67,” written by Dominique Morriseau and directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis. The production, filmed in the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre, will stream online Dec. 4 – 12. The Dec. 4-5 and December 8-12 performances stream at 7:30 p.m. PST and December 6 performance streams at 2:00 p.m.  General Admission streaming access is $15. 

“Recently, the international community has seen and spoken out against the kind of social injustice still operating in America in 2020. ’Detroit ‘67’ gives us a snapshot in time as we see these same divisions played out in the late ’60s,” says Ellis. “Hopefully, by looking at our views and norms of intolerance from the past, we can get a better handle on fixing this in the present.”

The cast includes Trey Jones, Alexis Myles, Madeline Nelson, Nwachukwu Oputa, and TJ Taylor. 

Dominique Morisseau is the author of the hit temptations musical ”Ain’t Too Proud” and the Obie award-winning ”Skeleton Crew.” 

The production was rehearsed and filmed following strict Federal, State, and University protocols to ensure a safe, clean, and socially-distant production environment. 

For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.7512 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu

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