UA Little Rock to host ‘Detroit ‘67’

UA Little Rock theater students, from left, Taylor Green, Tre Whitley, Keith Harper and Char Dupins, rehearse scenes from the upcoming production of Detroit 67, which opens Feb. 27, 2019. Photo by Benjamin Krain.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will present a production of “Detroit ’67” Feb. 27 to March 3.

“Detroit ‘67” is a powerful play, written by Dominique Morisseau, that unfolds an explosive moment in American history – the race riots that ravaged the city of Detroit in 1967, all set to a vibrant soundtrack of the day’s Motown music.

The play will be held in the Haislip Theatre in the UA Little Rock Center for Performing Arts on the following days and times:

  •      Wednesday, Feb. 27: 7:30 p.m.
  •      Thursday, Feb. 28: 7:30 p.m.
  •      Friday, March 1: 7:30 p.m.
  •      Saturday, March 2: 7:30 p.m.
  •      Sunday, March 3: 2:30 p.m.

Lawrence Smith, assistant professor of theatre history, directs the play featuring Taylor Green, Char Kendall Dupins, Tre’ Vaughn Whitley, Keith Harper, and Abby Jo Windsor. Additional crew members include Stage Manager Crystal Briner, Scenic and Lighting Director William Marshall, and Costume Designer Yslan Hicks.

General admission tickets are $10 each, while tickets for UA Little Rock employees, students, seniors, and members of the military are $5. Tickets can be purchased online.

UA Little Rock will also host a series of free pre-show discussions featuring faculty and guest speakers on subjects related to the Detroit uprising of 1967 and its legacy:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27: 6:45 p.m. “Naming Resistance: ‘Race Riots,’ Rebellions, Uprisings, and Unrest” with Edma Delgado Solórzano (World Literatures and Languages), Jana McAuliffe (Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies), Brian Mitchell (History), and Rachel Tennial (Psychology)
  • Thursday, Feb. 28: 6:45 p.m. “Black Women Artists and Authors: Perspectives, Approaches, and Aesthetics in (Re)presenting History” with LaVerne Bell-Tolliver (School of Social Work, emeritus), Candrice Jones (Central High School), and Lynne Ann Ellsworth Larsen (Art and Design)
  •  Friday, March 1: 6:45 p.m. “Contexts and Consequences of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion: Police Relations and Practices within Communities of Color” with Laura Barrio-Vilar (English), John A. Kirk (Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity), and David Montague (Criminal Justice)
  •  Sunday, March 3: 1:45 p.m. “Informal Economics v. the Architecture of Generational Poverty, Race, and Economic Legitimacy” with David Briscoe (Sociology), Michael Craw (School of Public Affairs), and Sarah Quintanar (Economics and Finance)

For more information, contact the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at 501-569-3291 or kcgaines@ualr.edu.

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