FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: October 31, 2018
CONTACT: Elena Kostakis, 443-874-4917, [email protected]
The Strand Theater, 5426 Harford Rd., Baltimore MD 21214
Strand Theater Company Presents the Second Production of its 11th Season
By Dominique Morisseau
Baltimore, MD—The Strand Theater Company continues its 11th Season with Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau. Directed by Erin Riley, assistant directed by Lauren Erica Jackson.
In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots.
Cast features: Shamire Casselle, Troy Jennings, Mack Leamon, Betse Lyons, Rachel D. Reckling.
“At its very heart, Detroit ’67 is the story of one woman’s fight to keep it together, while the outside world is -literally- on fire.” says the production’s director, Erin Riley, “It is a profoundly human study of black and white, of love and hate, and all the gray areas in between.”
Detroit ’67 opens on November 1st and runs Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm, through November 18. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $10 for students, seniors and artists. All performances take place at 5426 Harford Rd. 21214. Tickets are available at strand-theater.org.
Thu-Sat at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00pm
Location: 5426 Harford Rd. Baltimore MD 21201
Ticket Information: Visit www.strand-theater.org to purchase tickets.
Ticket Prices: General Admission - $20, Student/Senior/Artist - $10
About the Playwright
DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the book writer on the new musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Dominique is an alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theater, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless”. Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and being named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18. In October of 2018, Morisseau has been awarded the prestigious McArthur ‘Genius’ Grant
Press Packets & Interview Requests:
Complimentary press passes are available for the Opening weekend, November 1-4. Please contact Elena Kostakis at [email protected] to reserve your tickets and press packets, and to arrange interviews.
About the Strand.
The Strand Theater Company champions challenging and provocative theater that especially celebrates women’s diverse voices and perspectives while bringing together the creative talents of both women and men as artists, technicians, and administrators. We invite patrons to experience some of the region’s best contemporary and reinterpreted works for the stage in our intimate North-East Baltimore theater.
Since launching in 2007, the Strand has presented over 50 full-length plays, including 15 World Premieres; offered 75% of the artistic positions on its productions—as playwrights, directors, designers, stage managers, and actors—to women; provided affordable theater space to many organizations and independent artists; and played an integral role in the revitalization of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.
In August 2011, the Strand was honored as one of Baltimore magazine’s “Top 5 Baltimore Theaters,” along with CENTERSTAGE, Everyman, the Hippodrome, and Single Carrot. To learn more about the Strand Theater Company, visit www.strand-theater.org.
In the summer of 2016, the Strand has completed a purchase of its permanent performance facility in Baltimore’s Historic Hamilton-Lauraville neighborhood, just in time for the opening of the theater’s ninth season.