Detroit Public Theatre announces 2017-18 season.

Dominique Morriseau's Skeleton Crew comes home

DPT commissions first world premiere:
Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle

World renowned playwrights Noah Haidle (left) and Dominique Morisseau (center) joined playwright Colman Domingo at the Detroit premiere of his play Dot last season at Detroit Public Theatre. Haidle and Morisseau will have their work presented in the theatre's 2017-18 season. Photo credit: Chuk Nowak.  

World renowned playwrights Noah Haidle (left) and Dominique Morisseau (center) joined playwright Colman Domingo at the Detroit premiere of his play Dot last season at Detroit Public Theatre. Haidle and Morisseau will have their work presented in the theatre's 2017-18 season. Photo credit: Chuk Nowak.

 


Tickets go on sale Friday, May 16.


Skeleton Crew

by Dominique Morisseau
Previews September 28 and 29
Opening night September 30
Student matinees October 4 and 11 at 10am
Running through October 29, 2017

The third in Dominique Morisseau's acclaimed Detroit trilogy, Skeleton Crew is poetic and powerful. Set at the start of the 2008 recession, a makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city navigate the possibility of foreclosure. Power dynamics shift, and the co-workers are pushed to the limits of survival. When the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred, how far over the line are they willing to step?


No Child...

by Nilaja Sun
Previews November 9 and 10
Opening night November 11
Running through November 18, 2017

Sun transforms herself with rapid-fire precision into the teachers, students, parents and janitors who inhabit one New York City public school. See how one determined woman can change the lives of countless others in this tour de force piece crackling with wit and wisdom.

 


On the Lower East Side, a mother works hard to keep the electricity flowing for her daughter’s respirator while a hurricane looms nearby. As she prepares for disaster, a vibrant host of characters bring new meaning to the phrase “it takes a village.”

 

Pike Street

by Nilaja Sun
Opening night November 24
Running through December 3, 2017


Marie and Rosetta

by George Brant
Previews February 15 and 16
Opening night February 17
Running through March 11, 2018

 

Referred to by some as the “godmother of rock 'n' roll,” Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced the likes of Elvis Presley and Ray Charles with her fierce guitar playing and unique style of gospel. Marie and Rosetta features electrifying songs as it brings us into Tharpe's first rehearsal with young protégée Marie Knight before they set out to become one of the great duos in music history.

 


Birthday Candles

by Noah Haidle
Previews May 10 and 11
Opening night May 12
Running through June 3, 2018

Birthday Candles will take audiences on a magical 100 year journey with Ernestine Ashworth as she travels from her 17th birthday through her 117th. This world premiere by internationally acclaimed playwright Noah Haidle was commissioned by Detroit Public Theatre and will be directed by Vivienne Benesch.