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Detroit Public Theatre

Season 4

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By Dominique Morisseau
, Directed by Candis Jones
Dominique Morisseau, daughter of Detroit and world renowned playwright (Detroit ‘67 and Skeleton Crew, Shameless, Ain’t Too Proud), brings another of her extraordinary works home to Detroit Public Theatre. In the riveting Pipeline that premiered at Lincoln Center in 2017, Morisseau gives us the story of Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher committed to her students, yet desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities her students will never have, and a mother’s hopes for her son clash with an educational system rigged against him.

Dominique Morisseau has written some quietly devastating social dramas (“Skeleton Crew”) on her way up, but now the playwright has definitely arrived with this emotionally harrowing, ethically ambiguous drama that raises barbed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education.
- Variety

By Molly Smith Metzler, 
Directed by Courtney Burkett
Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee in their neighboring backyards. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared new mom experience—and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. Cry it Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. This insightful comedy, written by award winning playwright Molly Smith Metzler (Orange is the New Black, Shameless), premiered at the Humana Festival in Louisville in 2017.

A deeply felt topical drama that takes audiences on an emotional roller-coaster ride that whipsaws through laughs, poignant tears and moments of monumental rage. --- LEO Weekly

By Matthew Sweet and Todd Almond, 
Directed by Joe Bailey
Romance unfolds in a new musical wound around the tender love songs of Matthew Sweet’s landmark album, Girlfriend. Two teenage boys - one a social outcast, the other a quintessential jock - figure out that there is more to life than what high school has taught them during a summer of self-discovery between high school graduation and the rest of their lives. Anyone who remembers the terror and thrill of first love will relate to this rock musical that gives voice to those of us who who didn't quite fit in.

Girlfriend is the breathless testimony of a fool for love, a rock ‘n’ roll valentine that delivers subtle wisdom with an exhilarating kick. -- Rolling Stone

By Martin McDonagh, 
Directed by Andrew Borba
Written by the Academy Award-nominated writer of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Montana, Martin McDonagh,The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a groundbreaking, TONY Award-winning, wildly funny, and deeply shocking modern classic set in the mountains of Connemara, Ireland. It tells the story of Maureen Foley, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties living with Mag, her manipulative aging mother. The two are trapped in a toxic caretaking relationship, and when Mag interferes in Maureen’s first and potentially last romantic relationship, a chain of events are set in motion that are as tragically funny as they are horrific. Winner of the Drama Desk, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for best play ‘McDonagh re-creates the traditional Irish family drama only to set it ablaze with a postmodern blowtorch.’- LA Times

“The extraordinary achievement of [The Beauty Queen of Leenane] is that it is wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotesquely macabre all at the same time.”

—The Telegraph (UK)

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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.