Chautauqua Theater Company Presents Dominique Morisseau's DETROIT '67
Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Borba and Managing Director Sarah Clare Corporandy, is honored to open Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III. Detroit '67 will run July 21- 30th at Bratton Theater at the Chautauqua Institution. Tickets are $35 and are currently on sale.
Written by Dominique Morisseau, a 2016 Obie Award Winner and the 2014 recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, Detroit '67 will play at Chautauqua Theater Company on the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Riots. Set on the eve of the rebellion that ravaged the city, this moving, sharp-eyed drama explores the resilience of one family's - and one American city's - survival. Detroit '67 also features a vibrant soundtrack with some of the most iconic music of the time.
"On the 50th anniversary of the Detroit rebellion, we are honored to be bringing Dominique's work to Chautauqua for the first time. Dominique's voice is striking, relevant, and reminds us that there is still work to be done not only in Detroit, but also across our country," says CTC Managing Director, Sarah Clare Corporandy. After each performance, CTC will hold talkbacks with the audience led by CTC staff and leaders of the Chautauqua community.
Dominique Morisseau (Playwright) is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Detroit '67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and NBT). Additional plays include: Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie's (Premiere Stages). She is the book writer on the new musical Ain't Too Proud - The Temptations premiering at Berkeley Rep this fall. Dominique is alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer's Group, Women's Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab and Eugene O'Neil Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Women's Project, South Coast Rep, People's Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She currently serves as Co-Producer on the Showtime series "Shameless". Awards: Stavis Playwriting Award, NAACP Image Award, Spirit of Detroit Award, Weissberger Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper New American Play Prize, TEER Spirit Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama (Detroit '67), Audelco and OBIE Award (Skeleton Crew).
Steve H. Broadnax III (Director) is the associate Director of Pennsylvania Centre Stage. Directing credits include various shows and theatre's nationally and internationally including: People's Light Theatre, Apollo Theatre NYC, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Atlantic Theatre NYC, Detroit Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, The Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Moore Theatre in Seattle, Market Theatre Johannesburg SA, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, National Arts Festival in South Africa, and The Adelaide Arts Festival Australia. The Hip Hop Project, an award-winning, full-length original play directed, choreographed, and conceived by Steve, has toured nationally and was showcased at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Other writings include American Taboo, another award winning full- length play, Camouflage (Eugene O'Neill semi finalist), Hard To Say I Love (a one-act), and Sex Love, and Everything In Between(A New Musical). As a member of Actor's Equity Association, Steve toured nationally and internationally. Steve was cast in Dreamgirls at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock; paid homage to blues legend Robert Johnson in his self-authored one-man show, R.L. at the Crossroads; and has worked in theatres such as Pennsylvania Centre Stage, St. Louis Black Rep, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Muny, Lincoln Amphitheatre, Westport Playhouse, and Ozark Actors Theatre. BFA Conservatory of Fine Arts Webster University, MFA Penn State University. Steve is currently an Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of the MFA Graduate Acting Program at Penn State University
TICKETS to Detroit '67 are $35 and seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at http://chq.org/theater-shows-tickets or by calling (716) 357-6250. Single event ticket is required, which also serves as a Chautauqua Institution gate pass 4 hours before and 4 hours following the start time of the performance.
Chautauqua Theater Company's 2017 Season includes Noises Off: 6/30-7/16, Detroit 67: 7/21- 7/30, Romeo and Juliet: 8/11-8/18, and the 2017 New Play Workshops, Birthday Candles: 8/1-8/4 and Building the Wall: 8/2-8/5.
LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION Detroit '67 plays at the Bratton Theater located at the Chautauqua Institution. To get to the Bratton Theater from the Chautauqua Institution Main Gate go down the red brick walkway (Miller). Once at Bestor Plaza take a left on Pratt. After a few blocks, Bratton Theater will be on the left. For additional directions, visit www.ctcompany.org. For parking information, visit www.chqtickets.com.
ABOUT CHAUTAUQUA THEATER COMPANY: Entering its 34th Season, Chautauqua Theater Company is the resident professional theater and Conservatory of the Chautauqua Institution. Internationally known actors, directors, designers, and writers join 20 emerging artists drawn from the nation's top training programs to form a unique company that produces a vibrant summer of work in the historic Bratton Theater. Dedicated to the next generation of theater artists, the development of new work, first-rate productions of modern and contemporary classics, and fresh insight into Shakespeare's canon, CTC produces the best of a year-round regional theater within an eight week summer season.
ABOUT CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION: The pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, Chautauqua Institution is a 140-year-old community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities.