Baltimore Center Stage: Detroit '67
Detroit '67
April 08–May 08
  • By Dominique Morisseau
  • Directed by Kamilah Forbes

In association with Detroit Public Theatre

After the death of their parents, siblings Chelle and Lank (named for poet Langston Hughes) make ends meet by hosting late-night parties in the basement of their childhood home. In 1967 Detroit the latest sounds of Motown echo from the record player, but the risk of their unofficial nightclub is high, given the intensifying police presence in the all black neighborhood. The danger increases when Lank rescues a battered white woman, and relationships between black and white, brother and sister, friend and stranger begin to shift. The music and politics of the Motown era sizzle in the background of this sharp-eyed drama that explores one family’s survival.

“A poetic play of fire-fueled dreams and frustrated love that is set against a backdrop of historic social unrest in Motown.”—Star Tribune 


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*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

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"Genuine ... Radiant ... Terrific."— The Baltimore Sun
“Effervescent”— The Washington Post
"Superb ... Brimming with life." — Broadway World
"Brilliant" — MD Theatre Guide
"Riveting and relevant."— DC Metro Theater Arts
"A sterling production ... The terrific Detroit '67 couldn't be more relevant to Baltimore 2016" — The Baltimore Sun
"Nearly every scene is soul-bearing and impressive."— DC Metro Theater Arts
"Detroit '67 is the final show of Center Stage's season ... The company saved the best for last."— Baltimore Post-Examiner
In the News
Baltimore Post-Examiner — Detroit ’67: Centerstage offers tough, touching look at turbulent era
Baltimore Sun — Center Stage gives 'Detroit '67' sterling production
Broadway World Baltimore — DETROIT '67 a Lot Like Baltimore '15
Broadway World Baltimore — Center Stage's DETROIT '67 at Towson University Proves...
Broadway World Washington, DC — DETROIT '67 at Center Stage - A Riveting Production
City Paper — Center Stage's 'Detroit '67' draws obvious parallels
DC Metro Theater Arts — Review: ‘Detroit ’67’ at Centerstage
MD Theatre Guide — Theatre Review: ‘Detroit ‘67’ at Center Stage
The Washington Post — It’s the 1960s, baby. Who do you love?
WYPR — Rousuck's Review: In Center Stage's "Detroit '67," A Dark Resonance With Baltimore