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!