The Ensemble Theatre Gets Down with Motown in Detroit ‘67
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/7/2016, 4:26 p.m.
By Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist Playwright Dominique Morisseau
HOUSTON (March 7, 2016) –- The Ensemble Theatre presents Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Eileen J. Morris, with Opening Night and Media reception, Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
“Although this play takes place during a very turbulent time in our Nation’s history, it reflects on what it was like to be young and full of passion in the 60’s with great music, big dreams, and the desire to make a change in the world,” says Eileen J. Morris.
It’s 1967 and almost every single Motown release has made the charts, yet the world is changing around Chelle and Lank, who run an after-hours club in the basement of their late parents’ house. Tensions mount when the siblings discover that their dreams have diverged, and their tight-knit community is threatened by the arrival of a mysterious outsider, while the city around them erupts in violence. This powerful play unfolds at an explosive moment in our history - the race riots that ravaged the city of Detroit in 1967 - set to a vibrant soundtrack of Motown hits of the day.
Cast members include: Kendrick “KayB” Brown, Cynthia Brown Garcia, Whitney Zangarine, Joseph “JoeP” Palmore, and LaKeisha Randle.
Previews: March 19, 20, and 23 Show Runs: March 24 – April 17, 2016
Performance Days and Times: Thursdays: 7:30 p.m; Fridays: 8:00 p.m; Saturdays: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m; and Sundays: 3:00 p.m.
Tickets Available Online: www.EnsembleHouston.com For Information Call: 713-520-0055
Ticket Prices: $23 - $50
Opening Night and Media Reception, Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Dominique Morriseau says in writing Detroit ’67, “it came from a place of love.” Given the setting for the play, she wanted to represent the city with honor and capture the spirit of the time through the music. The play’s juxtaposition of the skyrocketing songs of Motown with the building intensity of activism for social change connects the audience to a very specific moment in time, as if it were really a recollection of their own.
The Ensemble Theatre's 2015-2016 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the official airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. Detroit ‘67 is generously underwritten by Chevron.
The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-nine years later, the theatre has evolved from a small touring company to one of Houston’s finest historical cultural institutions.
The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble’s $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to myriad audiences.
For more information, visit www.EnsembleHouston.com