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Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company to Present DETROIT 67 in 2015


Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company have announced its production of the 2014 Kennedy Award Winner for Drama, Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67 directed by Hi-ARTS Artistic Director Kamilah Forbes. The music of Motown fuels this riveting new play about family and friendship set in America's Motor City at a tumultuous time in American history.

Detroit '67 will open on February 13, 2015 and running through March 8, 2015. Performances are Wednesday - Saturday @ 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday @ 2:30 PM. All performances will be presented at Fulton County's Southwest Arts Center at 915 New Hope Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331.

It's 1967 in Detroit and Motown music is getting the party started. Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning the basement of their late parents house into a cool, after-hours club. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings begin to clash over more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does the city around them, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots in America's Motor City.

Tickets and Season Subscriptions are available by contacting Ticket Alternative at 1.877.725.8849 or or through the True Colors website at Group Sales are available by contacting True Colors' Group Sales department at 404.523.1901 ext. 201.

Dominique Morisseau's play, Paradise Blue, won the 2013 L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Playwriting from the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her play Sunset Baby had its world premiere at the Gate Theater in London, UK in 2012, and is currently playing at the Labyrinth Theatre Company in NYC. Detroit '67, which premiered in the 2012-2013 season of the Public Theater and the Classical Theatre of Harlem, will be produced within the New Black Fest series inspired by the Trayvon Martin case. Dominique was granted the 2013 Emerging Leader Award from the University of Michigan Detroit Center for her notable achievements in her field, and for her potential to make significant national and/or global contributions of merit. Dominique has been a member of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writer's Group, the Women's Project Playwrights Lab, and was a 2011-2012 Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow. Dominique is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Honoree, a two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, a runner-up for the 2011 Princess Grace Award, and a recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep. As an actress, Dominique has performed with BET/Viacom, The Lark, Women's Project, McCarter Theater, NYSAF, and MCC Theater. In Fall of 2013, she starred in Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, presented by The Actors Theatre of Louisville. As a poet, she has rocked stages with The Last Poets, Sonia Sanchez, and Jessica Care Moore. Dominique received her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Michigan

Kamilah Forbes is the artistic director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF), a non-profit presenter of new theater written by hip-hop generation artists through the lens of the urban cultural aesthetic. Since 2000, she has curated the HHTF, which is presented annually in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC and the San Francisco Bay Area. Forbes has produced several works for both television and theater, most notably, four seasons of the Peabody Award winning series, Russell Simmons' Presents Def Poetry on HBO. As a playwright, Ms. Forbes penned "A Rhyme Deferred," a work often noted as one of the first examples of the hip-hop theater genre. Optioned for film, "A Rhyme Deferred" toured across the country over five years and was published in the TCG anthology, The Fire this Time. Forbes' directing credits include several plays that have toured nationally and internationally. She also served as assistant director for the fifty-one city national tour of Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.

Enoch King (Sly) He is an Atlanta native and alumni member of the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. His recent True Colors credits include Fool For Love, The Colored Museum and Broke-ology. Recent regional credits: Waffle Palace, Sheddin', Santaland Diaries (Horizon Theatre Company), Macbeth (Ga. Shakespeare), The Ladies Man (Theatre in the Square),). TV Credits: "House of Payne", BET's "Let's Stay Together". Commercials: Golden Corral, Ga. Lottery.

E. Roger Mitchell (Lank) Credits: VA Stage- Radio Golf; Theatrical Outfit - The Green Book, The Sunset Limited; Arena Stage - every tongue confess; Alliance Theatre - Gem of the Ocean, Cuttin' Up; True Colors Theatre Company - Jitney, Miss Evers Boys, Ceremonies In Dark Old Men; Horizon Theatre - Sheddin', A Cool Drink of Water. Film/TV: Hunger Games Catching Fire, The Spectacular Now, The Last Exorcism 2, Flight, A Smile as Big as the Moon, Coma, Hornets Nest, Blackhats, Battle Los Angeles, Blood Done Sign My Name, S.W.A.T., Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Legend of Bagger Vance, Boycott, Warm Springs, "Nashville", "The Shield", "Surface", "One Tree Hill".

Courtney Patterson (Caroline) is so excited to be on the True Colors stage! Audiences may have seen her on various stages around town. Favorite Atlanta credits include: Geller Girls, August: Osage County, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Alliance Theatre), Much Ado about Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Twelfth Night (Georgia Shakespeare), Brownie Points, Lost Highway (Theatrical Outfit), The Drowsy Chaperone, Boeing! Boeing! (Aurora Theatre). TV/Film: "Stuff You Should Know", "Drop Dead Diva", "Good Eats", Anchorman 2, Let's Be Cops.

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