DETROIT ‘67: A Philadelphia Premiere at The Stagecrafters

by Patricia Bradford

This award-winning drama by Dominique Morisseau opens on Friday, April 9, 2017 at The Stagecrafters playhouse. It depicts the story of Lank and Chelle, two African-American siblings who are struggling to make ends meet by running an after-hours “night spot” in the basement of their family home. Unexpectedly finding themselves at the epicenter of violent street disorder and racial confrontations, an improbable encounter puts them at personal risk and challenges their moral compass to make the right choices. The play is at once a period piece and a contemporary tale of people striving to find their place in society. One critic voiced his considered opinion at its New York premiere: “… this endearing new play … has such heart and is so warmly acted that it [absolutely] draws you in …” (The New York Post).

Dominique Morisseau (b. 1979), actress and award-winning author, crafted Detroit ’67 to be the inaugural piece in a three-play cycle about her home city, entitled “The Detroit Projects”. The second and third plays, Paradise Blue (2015) and Skeleton Crew (2016), deal respectively with the uprooting of Detroit’s jazz community by urban renewal in 1949, and with a family of workers at the last Detroit auto parts plant. During 2015-2016 Morisseau found herself among the “Top 20 Most Produced Playwrights in America”. Detroit ’67 enjoyed its world premiere in 2013 at The Public Theater in New York City, in association with the Classical Theater of Harlem and the National Black Theater. It was chosen in 2014 to receive the prestigious Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama. The Stagecrafters is pleased and honored to be presenting Philadelphia’s first production of this haunting and compelling play.

Performance dates are: April 9-23 Thu.-Sat. @ 8 pm, Sun. @ 2 pm. Tickets are available at $21.00 Online (no service charge), $25.00 At-door. (Thu. & Fri. eve performances 2-for-$32 Online, 2-for-$35 At-door). Students with valid ID $15.00, Seniors $22 (At-door, any performance). Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $15.00 a ticket, paid in advance. The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance. For information call 215-247-8881; for reservations-direct call 215-247-9913. The theater is located in the heart of Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Ave. Visit website for details:

Special NOTE: A “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A session will be held following the performance on Friday, April 14. All attendees at that performance are welcome to stay afterwards!

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Theater/Organization Address: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215) 247-8881

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