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The World's Stage Comes to Detroit!

2017-2018 Brings 4 Celebrated American Playwrights;
5 Groundbreaking Plays; 1 Sensational Season


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• 5 shows for the price of 4.

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About the Performances

DPT performersSKELETON CREW — Detroit Premiere
By Dominique Morisseau, 
Directed by Steve Broadnax
The third in Dominique Morisseau's acclaimed Detroit trilogy, Skeleton Crew is poetic and powerful. Set at the start of the 2008 recession, a makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city navigate the possibility of foreclosure. Power dynamics shift, and the co-workers are pushed to the limits of survival. When the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred, how far over the line are they willing to step?

NO CHILD…
Created and performed by Nilija Sun, 
Directed by Hal Brooks
Sun transforms herself with rapid-fire precision into the teachers, students, parents and janitors who inhabit one New York City public school. See how one determined woman can change the lives of countless others in this tour de force piece crackling with wit and wisdom.

PIKE STREET
Created and performed by Nilija Sun, 
Directed by Ron Russell
On the Lower East Side, a mother works hard to keep the electricity flowing for her daughter’s respirator while a hurricane looms nearby. As she prepares for disaster, a vibrant host of characters bring new meaning to the phrase "it takes a village."

MARIE AND ROSETTA
By George Brant, 
Directed by Courtney Burkett
Referred to by some as the "godmother of rock 'n' roll," Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced the likes of Elvis Presley and Ray Charles with her fierce guitar playing and unique style of gospel. Marie and Rosetta features electrifying songs as it brings us into Tharpe's first rehearsal with young protégée Marie Knight before they set out to become one of the great duos in music history.

BIRTHDAY CANDLES — World Premiere
By Noah Haidle, 
Directed by Vivienne Benesch
Birthday Candles will take audiences on a magical 100 year journey with Ernestine Ashworth as she travels from her 17th birthday through her 117th. This world premiere by internationally acclaimed playwright Noah Haidle was commissioned by Detroit Public Theatre and will be directed by Vivienne Benesch.

About Detroit Public Theatre

Detroit Public Theatre is a non-profit organization producing world-class plays and programs with world-class writers, directors, actors, and designers in the heart of Midtown Detroit's thriving cultural district. The company's productions strive to illuminate the thrills, joys, and challenges of our shared human experience. All performances take place on the DPT stage inside the Robert A. and Maggie Allesee Hall at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. For more information, visit detroitpublictheatre.org.