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PIPELINE

by Dominique Morisseau
Previews October 4 and 5
Opening night October 6
Running through November 4, 2018

Dominique Morisseau, daughter of Detroit and world renowned playwright (Detroit ‘67, Skeleton Crew, Shameless, Ain’t Too Proud), brings another of her extraordinary works home to Detroit Public Theatre. In the riveting Pipeline, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in 2017, Morisseau gives us the story of Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher committed to her students. Desperate to give her only son the opportunities her students will never have, this mother’s hopes for her son clash with an educational system that is rigged against him.

Dominique Morisseau has written some quietly devastating social dramas (“Skeleton Crew”) on her way up, but now the playwright has definitely arrived with this emotionally harrowing, ethically ambiguous drama that raises barbed questions about class, race, parental duty, and the state of American education. –Variety

Cast

  • Lisa Strum (NYA) is thrilled to be making her Detroit debut with PIPELINE. She was last seen in the world premiere of whatdoesfreemean? by the award-winning human rights playwright Catherine Filloux at The Tank in New York City with Nora’s Playhouse. Other New York credits include: Lincoln Center Theatre, Signature Theatre, and The National Black Theatre. Her solo show, She Gon’ Learn, premiered to sold out houses at The United Solo Festival at Theatre Row, where she was given one of the festival’s Best Solo Show Awards. Lisa was a featured playwright with The New Black Fest at The Lark, a finalist for the Doric Wilson Playwriting Award, and a recipient of the Playwrights Initiative Fellowship at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California. TV credits include: “Law & Order: SVU” and “Citizen Baines”. Lisa holds an MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.
  • Yakeem Tatum (Omari) is a Detroit Native in his fourth and final year as a BFA student in Wayne State University's Theatre and Dance Department.
  • Mildred Victoria (Jasmine) is a proud graduate of Brooklyn College's BFA Theatre program. Mildred Victoria is a Michigander who moved to the “Big Apple” to pursue storytelling and acting. Her most recent notable work includes The Mountaintop (Camae) at the Villagers Theatre, The Girls of Summer at St Luke Theatre (Off Broadway) and Josh the Black Babe Ruth at the Theatre for the New City in New York City. Mildred’s first love is the Theatre, but she looks forward to telling stories in all mediums across the world. Special thanks to the DPT team. Mildred sends love to her support system. Connect @MildredVictoria
  • Brian Marable (Xavier) is currently the Artistic Direcotr of Clubhouse Thater in Detroit. Regional— Detroit Public Theater: Detroit67, Skeleton Crew, Baltimore Center Stage: Detroit67, The Old Globe and People's Light Theater: Skeleton Crew, Performance Network Theatre: The Mountaintop (Martin Luther King, Jr.), The Piano Lesson (Boy Willie); Purple Rose Theatre Company: Superior Donuts (Franco). Film/ TV—Have a Little Faith (Hallmark Movie), The Citizen (2012, Monterey Media), Low Winter Sun (AMC), Standing in the Shadows of Motown (James Jamerson). Education— Howard University, Wayne State University. Brian is currently exploring writing for the stage in a collaborative play titled Grow, which looks at marijuana law and property rights, with 4Theatrsake, a Detroit-based theater company. Life credits include father, son, brother, Detroiter.
  • Courtney Burkett (Laurie) Courtney’s DPT directing credits include American Hero, Murder Ballad (Wilde Award Nomination: Best Musical; It’s All Theatre: Best of Season), Marie and Rosetta, and the touring production of Detroit ‘67. Prior to co-founding DPT, Courtney spent five years as Director of Theatre Programs at Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, where she trained and mentored hundreds of young actors. Directing credits at Mosaic include The Tempest, Candide, Hastings Street, Lil Ham, and The Crucible. Before Mosaic, Courtney was a founding artistic partner with Breathe Art Theatre Project, where she directed and produced many productions and appeared in boom (Winner: The Rogue Critic Best Supporting Actress). Courtney spent two years working at the University of Michigan as the managing director of the CRLT Players. In that position, she oversaw 50 applied theatre performances annually on campuses throughout the country. Courtney also served as the business manager for the University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company. While at UDM, Courtney taught in the Department of Theatre and directed and performed in Theatre Company productions. Courtney received her BFA from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts and her MFA from Wayne State’s Hilberry Theatre program.
  • Henri Franklin (Dunn) is an actor, writer and director who hails from Detroit, MI. After finishing the B.A. Theatre Program at Wayne State University, he embarked upon his professional career, which has included appearances in film, theatre, commercials, print, and television. A few notable credits include global companies such as Pepsi Co., USAA, and Ford Motor Co. With bodies of work from entertainment powerhouses such as Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBC, and the AMC channel, Henrí brings industry-grade professionalism and experience to every project he works on. He is honored to be a part of this collaborative process and looks forward to building new relationships that lead to great work!

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CRY IT OUT

by Molly Smith Metzler
Previews November 15 and 16
Opening night November 17
Running through December 9, 2018

Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee in their neighboring backyards. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared new mom experience—and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. Cry it Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. This insightful comedy, written by award-winning playwright Molly Smith Metzler (Orange is the New Black, Shameless), premiered at the Humana Festival in Louisville in 2017.

A deeply felt topical drama that takes audiences on an emotional roller-coaster ride that whipsaws through laughs, poignant tears and moments of monumental rage. –LEO Weekly


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Girlfriend is the breathless testimony of a fool for love, a rock ‘n’ roll valentine that delivers subtle wisdom with an exhilarating kick. –Rolling Stone

GIRLFRIEND

by Todd Almond and Matthew Sweet
Previews March 21 and 22
Opening night March 23
Running through April 14, 2019


Written by Academy Award-nominated writer Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a groundbreaking, TONY Award-winning, wildly funny, and deeply shocking modern classic. Set in the mountains of Connemara, Ireland, it tells the story of Maureen Foley, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties; Mag, the aging, manipulative mother with whom she lives; and their toxic, caretaking relationship. When Mag interferes in Maureen’s first (and potentially last) romantic relationship, events are set in motion that are as tragically funny as they are horrific. Winner of the Drama Desk, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for best play, "McDonagh re-creates the traditional Irish family drama only to set it ablaze with a postmodern blowtorch." –LA Times

The extraordinary achievement of [The Beauty Queen of Leenane] is that it is wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotesquely macabre all at the same time. —The Telegraph (UK)

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

by Martin McDonagh
Previews May 2 and 3
Opening night May 4
Running through May 26, 2019



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