Directed by Lisa Rothe

The year that changed everything for a family and a city

1967. The world is shifting for two siblings running an after-hours joint to make ends meet. Tensions mount when dreams diverge, their tight-knit community is threatened by an outsider and the streets erupt in violence in this riveting new play set to a driving Motown beat.

REGIONAL PREMIERE

“[a] poetic play of fire-fueled dreams”
Star Tribune

“mind blowing!”
The Huffington Post

Co-Produced by Carol Woods CWlogo_colormanygreen

AGE RECOMMENDATION

This powerful, tuneful drama about a family caught in an explosive moment in American history contains adult language and themes that make it most appropriate for patrons 14 years and older.

RUNNING TIME

2 Hours and 30 Minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.

Please note: This production utilizes strobe lighting.

Media

Sep 23 2016

PlayMakers' David Adamson on Detroit in 1967

Detroit ’67 takes place nearly 50 years ago in that Motor and Music Mecca in Michigan, 656 miles away from Chapel Hill. The subject matter, however, feels immediate to us now as similar stories play out just down the road at this very moment. For David Adamson, the events of Detroit ’67 are especially close. David and his wife were living in Detroit in 1967.

Sep 22 2016

Director Lisa Rothe on Detroit '67

DirectorLisa Rothe has been captivated by the story of Detroit '67 since she saw its premiere in 2013 at the Public Theater. "At the heart of it all is a family, and everyone can relate to that on some level. We experience their love, anger, joy, loneliness, passion & rage as if it were our own," she relates.

Sep 8 2016

From the Ashes: The Rise and Fall of Detroit, Part II

Despite a history of prosperity, technological innovations, a powerful and lasting Union Movement, and a rich influence on the arts and music scene, Detroit was not immune to the racial tensions, economic disparity and civil unrest of the late 60s. On Sunday, July 23 in 1967, when the 12th Street riot erupted in the early hours after a raid on an unlicensed after-hours bar, the fate of this once booming blue collar town took a turn for the worse.

Sep 6 2016

From the Ashes: The Rise and Fall of Detroit, Part I

“I’m a native Detroiter, so this is a way to explain my history and my city. It’s an important landscape to me. It helped to shape the landscape we have now. I wanted to offer a human face to it for all of us - those of us who have lived there and those who have not.” -Dominique Morriseau

Oct 3 2016

Carolina Conversation: Detroit '67 to Charlotte '16

Dramaturg Jacqueline E. Lawton sat down with a panel of students and faculty after the October 2nd matinee performance of to discuss connections and similarities between the play and recent events concerning the black community and police brutality in Charlotte, NC.

REVIEWS

“Detroit ’67” at PlayMakers inspires social change
By Keaton Eberly
The Daily Tar Heel
October 3, 2016

Detroit ’67, PlayMakers Repertory Company
By Garrett Southerland
Talkin’ Broadway
September 23, 2016

PlayMakers’ ‘Detroit ’67’ is a sobering commentary
By Roy C. Dicks
The News & Observer
September 21, 2016

The Bottled Tensions of an Era Explode in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Detroit ’67
By Byron Woods
INDY Week
September 21, 2016

NEWS

Detroit ’67 play sparks Carolina Conversation on race
By Geneva Collins
University Gazette
October 11, 2016

Carolina Conversation: From Detroit ’67 to Charlotte ’16
By Geneva Collins
UNC College of Arts & Sciences
October 3, 2016

Another time, and our time: Play recalls Detroit in ’67
By Cliff Bellamy
The Herald Sun
September 15, 2016

Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 Is Set During a Watershed Year in Her Hometown
By Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
September 14, 2016

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