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
by Dominique Morisseau
Previews October 4 and 5
Opening night October 6
Running through November 4, 2018
+ Dominique Morisseau
Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle), which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company/Scott Rudin), Paradise Blue (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include— Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She 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 and Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She currently serves as a Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless.” Her new play Pipeline recently completed its run at Lincoln Center, and her new musical Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations is currently running at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Awards—Stavis Playwriting Award, NAACP Image Award, Spirit of Detroit Award, Weissberger Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper New American Play Prize, TEER Spirit Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, the Samuel French Award for Impact & Activism in the Theatre Community, Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Prize for Promotion of Human Rights (Blood at the Root), Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama (Detroit ’67), and OBIE Award (Skeleton Crew).
+ 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 Director of Clubhouse Theater 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!
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
CRY IT OUT
by Molly Smith Metzler
Previews November 15 and 16
Opening night November 17
Running through December 9, 2018
+ Molly Smith Metzler
is from Kingston, New York. Her plays include Cry it Out (2017 Humana Festival/Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2018 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation), Elemeno Pea (2011 Humana Festival/Actors Theatre of Louisville), The May Queen (Chautauqua Theatre Company), Carve (The Juilliard School), Close Up Space (Manhattan Theatre Club, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist) and Training Wisteria (Cherry Lane Mentor Project, winner of three KCACTF Awards from The Kennedy Center). Metzler’s work has also been produced by South Coast Rep, Northlight Theatre, Studio Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, Play Makers Rep, Echo Theatre Company, Geva Theatre, City Theatre, The O’Neill, and many more. She’s a proud alumna of SUNY Geneseo, Boston University, NYU Tisch, and The Juilliard School, where she was a two-time recipient of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center. She’s also a proud alum of the Ars Nova Play Group and the Dorothy Strelsin/Primary Stages writers group. In TV, Metzler’s credits include Casual (Hulu), Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), and Shameless (Showtime), where she is currently a writer/producer. In film, she recently adapted Ali Benjamin’s novel The Thing About Jellyfish for Reese Witherspoon/OddLot/Made Up Stories, and is now at work on films for Disney and Fox 2000. She lives in Los Angeles and was a 2017-18 member of the LA Writers’ Workshop at Center Theatre Group.
+ Dani Cochrane (Lina)
Dani is thrilled to be returning to the DPT stage! She was last seen in the world premiere of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle. Other recent credits include: Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries with Kickshaw Theatre, Gloria in Boeing Boeing at Tipping Point Theatre and Kat in Mom’s Gift at Meadow Brook Theatre for which she received an Andes Award. She holds an MFA in Acting from the Hilberry Repertory Program at Wayne State University, has studied abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre School, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. When not on stage, Dani works in film, commercial, and voice over. This season she also made her directorial debut with The Miss Firecracker Contest at Tipping Point Theatre. She wants to thank her husband and daughter for always helping her keep a sense of play in everything she does, all the wonderful folks at DPT for this amazing opportunity, and you, for enjoying local theatre!
+ Breayre Tender (Jessie)
Breayre Tender is a Philadelphia native who received her M.F.A. in Theatre from Wayne State University. Past productions include Detroit ‘67, The Colored Museum, By The Way Meet Vera Stark, Twelfth Night, Wintertime and many others. Breayre is also a classically trained dancer and choreographer. She most recently directed and choreographed a piece for "JUST IN TIME" at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, and Assistant directed and Choreographed for AIRNESS at the Chautauqua Theatre in NY.
+ Bryan Lark (Mitchell)
Bryan has been acting and directing in Detroit and Ann Arbor since 2009, including productions at Performance Network, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Planet Ant, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, and The Ringwald Theatre. Recent productions include Other Desert Cities, August: Osage County, Reasons to Be Pretty, Driving Miss Daisy, Life Sucks, and Robocop: The Musical. Thanks and love to DPT, CCL, CLL, and TCL.
+ Sarah Winkler (Adrienne)
Sarah moved to Metro Detroit in 2013, where she met Courtney Burkett and Sarah Clare Corporandy and began building Detroit Public Theatre, while working as an actor and teaching artist for area theatres. As an actress, Sarah has most recently appeared as Cyd in The Harassment of Iris Malloy at Detroit Public Theatre, Bodey in the Wilde Award-nominated A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur at Tipping Point Theatre, and Gertrude in Hamlet at Water Works Theatre Company. She has also served as a facilitator in DPT's Shakespeare in Prison program. In New York, Sarah was a producing and ensemble artist with the Obie, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel award-winning Off-Broadway Epic Theatre Ensemble for more than a decade, serving as a producer, actor, teaching artist, and the director of development. As a producer with Epic, Sarah was a part of the team that brought Olivia Wilde to NYC for her Off-Broadway debut in Beauty on the Vine, and brought Sarah Ruhl’s hit Passion Play to Brooklyn for its critically acclaimed NYC premiere. As a member of Epic’s acting ensemble, Sarah performed in more than a dozen Off-Broadway productions, workshops, readings, and Shakespeare Remix productions. She also served as a teaching artist in Epic’s nationally recognized in-school and after-school programs in the New York City Public Schools. Sarah has produced and performed in numerous critically-acclaimed films and plays in New York City and around the country. Sarah is a founder of the non-profit Step Up Women’s Network - NY, where she developed and ran the mentorship and community partners programs for five years. She serves on Epic Theatre Ensemble’s board of directors and earned her Bachelor of Science in theatre from Skidmore College.
Romance unfolds in a new musical wound around the tender love songs of Matthew Sweet's landmark album, Girlfriend. Two teenage boys - one a social outcast, the other a quintessential jock - realize there’s more to life than what high school has taught them. This rock musical, taking place between high school graduation and the rest of life, gives voice to everyone who has ever felt they do not quite fit in - and anyone who remembers the terror and thrill of first love will relate.
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
by Todd Almond and Matthew Sweet
Previews March 21 and 22
Opening night March 23
Running through April 14, 2019
+ Todd Almond
Todd Almond (Book) is a composer, lyricist, and playwright. For The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park, he wrote the music and lyrics for the Public Works production of The Tempest at the Delacorte Theater (a production in which he also starred as Ariel). His musicals include Girlfriend (Berkeley Rep., and Actors Theatre of Louisville, with songwriter Matthew Sweet, dir: Les Waters); Melancholy Play (13P, with playwright Sarah Ruhl, dir: Davis McCallum); We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Yale Repertory Theater, with playwright Adam Bock, dir: Anne Kauffman); On The Levee (LCT3, dir: Lear deBessonet); The Odyssey (The Old Globe, dir: Lear deBessonet) and Iowa (Playwrights Horizons, 2015, with playwright Jenny Schwartz, dir: Ken Rus Schmoll). Almond music-directed and arranged Sherie Rene Scott's hit show Piece of Meat (54 Below and Hippodrome in London) and can be heard on Laura Benanti's live album "In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention." He has released two solo albums: "Mexico City," and "Memorial Day."
+ Matthew Sweet
Matthew Sweet (Music and Lyrics) is an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. He was part of the burgeoning music scene in Athens, Georgia, during the 1980s before gaining commercial success in the 1990s. His latest albums, Tomorrow Forever and Tomorrow's Daughter, were followed by Wicked System of Things, released in 2018.
+ Sam Hamashima (Mike)
Sam Hamashima (Mike) is thrilled to be making his Detroit Public Theatre debut! Sam is a New York based performer and creator originally from North Carolina. Credits include Playwrights Horizon’s Off-Broadway revival of Comfort Women: A New Musical (Mr. Komino, Matsui u/s), Studio Theatre’s Vietgone (Nhan u/s), Music Theatre Wichita’s 2017 Summer Stock season incl.Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ching Ho), and University of Michigan’s The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis). Member and Founder: Asian College Theatre Ensemble (ACTE). Much love to Mom and Dad, Ellie and Grace, YoungArts. Represented by The Price Group. University of Michigan, BFA in Musical Theatre. @samhamashima, samhamashima.com
+ Peter Scattini (Will)
Peter Scattini (Will) is a Brooklyn-based actor, writer and director in his first production with the Detroit Public Theatre. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Musical Theatre, Peter has performed regionally with the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco in shows like DARLING and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. As a writer and composer, his work has been performed on stage in cities around the United States and internationally. Scattini also studied Shakespeare in Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and was named a distinguished young artist by ACT in 2014. Special thanks to my parents, Barry and Oscar and the Umich MT staff. Twitter/Insta: @jpscattini Youtube: A Working Catalogue
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 Folen, 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
+ Martin McDonagh
Plays: THE PILLOWMAN (Tony nominee, Best Play 2005; Olivier Award Winner 2004), THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE (Olivier Award Winner, Best Comedy 2003), THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE (Tony nominee, Best Play 1998), THE LONESOME WEST (Tony nominee, Best Play 1999), A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, THE BANSHEES OF INISHEER, THE RETARD IS OUT IN THE COLD, DEAD DAY AT CONEY. Other works include “Barney Nenagh’s Shotgun Circus,” “Suicide on Sixth Street,” “In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths,” “Six Shooter” (Oscar, Best Short 2006).
+ Karen Sheridan (Mag Folen)
Karen is delighted to be making her Detroit Public Theatre debut. She recently played astronomer Williamina Fleming in Silent Sky, actress Sarah Bernhardt in Memoir, and cat lover Betty in Chapatti—all Michigan premieres at Williamston Theatre. Other Michigan credits include Boeing Boeing, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Angels in America (Meadow Brook Theatre); and Other Desert Cities as performing understudy and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Jewish Ensemble Theatre). Chicago premieres include The Good Times are Killing Me (City Lit), In Trousers (WITT Productions), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Interplay), Animal Farm (Bailiwick), and The Wind in the Willows (Organic Lab/Theatre Building), before hitting the road in the 2nd National Tour of Into the Woods. Karen has directed for Peninsula Players, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, the Attic Theatre, and Meadow Brook Theatre, among others. She went to Loyola University and has her MFA from the Goodman School of Drama/DePaul. Karen taught at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and currently teaches theatre at Oakland University. Here’s to the love of stories and the people in our lives who inspire them.
+ Sarah Clare Corporandy (Maureen Folen)
In addition to her role as Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director with Detroit Public Theatre, Sarah Clare is entering her 11th season at Chautauqua Theater Company at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, where she serves as the Managing Director. During her time at CTC, she has also served as the line producer for the Inter-arts collaborations of The Romeo and Juliet Project and Go West. Sarah Clare served as Managing Director for Philadelphia’s celebrated interdisciplinary ensemble Pig Iron Theater Co. and as company manager for Barrington Stage and New York Stage & Film. She served as an artistic partner with the Canadian-American cross-border Breathe Art Theatre Project and on the advisory boards of New York Shakespeare Exchange and the Serenbe Playhouse in Georgia. From 2009-2012, Sarah Clare held a full-time professorship at Savannah College of Art and Design, teaching in the master’s program for arts administration on both the Savannah and Atlanta campuses and through their online eLearning program, for which she developed new course curricula. She currently serves as a professor at SCAD. Her work has been published in the International Journal of the Arts in Society.
+ Michael Lopetrone (Ray Dooley)
Michael is thrilled to be making his DPT debut! A graduate of Western Michigan University with a BA in Theatre Performance, he’s performed on stages across Metro Detroit and abroad. Recent credits include: The Glass Menagerie (Flint Repertory Theatre), The House On Poe Street (Detroit Repertory Theatre), and Silent Sky (Williamston Theatre). This summer, he can be seen in Tipping Point Theatre’s production of Anatomy Of A Hug. While not on stage, Michael has been a teaching artist at Matrix Theatre, done educational theatre work with University of Michigan, MSU, Henry Ford Hospital, and also designs websites and consults on digital marketing through his business, Milo Media. www.michaellopetrone.com
+ Michael Brian Ogden (Pato Dooley)
Michael is super excited to be returning to the DPT stage, especially with such an incredible cast! Many thanks to the ladies of DPT for putting together an unparalleled group of collaborators, and many more thanks to the ladies of his life—Lily and Steph—without whom he would be an absolute garbage person.