Detroit ’67, by Dominique Morisseau

Please join us this week for Detroit ’67, by Dominique Morisseau, produced by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at UA Little Rock. This Kennedy Prize-winning drama opens this Wednesday, February 27 and plays through Sunday, March 3.

Set during the “long hot summer” of 1967, Morisseau’s play centers on a sister and brother who open an after-hours club in the basement of their late parents’ house. As the social bonds around them break down, the family ties are also strained: the siblings discover that their dreams have diverged, their tight-knit community is imperiled by the presence of a mysterious outsider, and the city around them erupts into violence. The music of Motown propels this achingly relevant drama, becoming “the raw emotional soundtrack of a community sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

All performances are in the Haislip Theatre inside the Center of Performing Arts.
+Goolgle Map > 5900 University Drive. Little Rock, AR 72204 (Building 16)

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
Tickets are $5 for all UA Little Rock students, staff and faculty, $5 for Seniors and Military, and $10 for the general public. Buy tickets online >  or make reservations at (501) 569-3456
[Content Advisory: Mature language and themes]

BONUS FEATURE: We are also offering a series of pre-show discussions featuring faculty and guest speakers on subjects related to the Detroit uprising of 1967 and its legacy: Wednesday, February 27, 6:45-7:15 PM
“Naming resistance: “race riots”, rebellions, uprisings, and unrest”
Edma Delgado Solórzano (World Literatures and Languages), Jana McAuliffe (Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies), Brian K. Mitchell (History), and Rachel Tennial (Psychology)

Thursday, February 28, 6:45-7:15 PM
“Black women artists and authors: perspectives, approaches and aesthetics in (re)presenting history”
LaVerne Bell-Tolliver (School of Social Work, emeritus), Candrice Jones (Central High School), and Lynne Ann Ellsworth Larsen (Art and Design)

Friday, March 1, 6:45-7:15 PM
“Contexts and consequences of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion: police relations and practices within communities of color”
Laura Barrio-Vilar (English), John A. Kirk (Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity), and David R. Montague (Criminal Justice)

Sunday, March 3, 1:45-2:15 PM
“Informal economies v. the architecture of generational poverty: race and economic legitimacy”
David L. Briscoe (Sociology), Michael C. Craw (School of Public Affairs), and Sarah Quintanar (Economics and Finance)

All pre-show discussions are free to the public. We encourage you and your students to attend.

Please pass the word! We look forward to seeing you at Detroit ’67!

 

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