Detroit '67

by  Dominique Morisseau

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 3f

A powerful play that unfolds an explosive moment in our history - the race riots that ravaged the city of Detroit in 1967 - set to a vibrant soundtrack of the day's music.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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. 
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  • Winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History!


Detroit '67 features a number of classic Motown tunes. Listen to the songs below, and be sure to check out Reach on Out for Me: The Playlist of Detroit ’67.  


“CRACKLING WITH HUMOR! Fire up some Motown, get those hips moving and everything will work out fine.”
- The New York Times, Read More

“If Detroit '67's sequels prove as good as it does, the search for the next Wilson or Hansberry could nearly be over.”
- Talkin’ Broadway, Read More

"3 STARS! An endearing new will draw you in!"
- New York PostRead More


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by Becca Schlossberg
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Reach On Out for Me: The Playlist of DETROIT '67
by Annette Storckman
February 11, 2015

Coming Out On Top
by Gianfranco Lentini
December 22, 2014


  • Detroit '67 at Northlight Theatre (Scene 1)
  • Detroit '67 at Northlight Theatre (Scene 2)
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Detroit, Michigan. July 1967. A furnished basement.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


2m, 3f
CHELLE (MICHELLE) - Black woman, late 30’s, strong, steadfast, firm, and not easily impressed. A widow, mother, and sister. A loving heart beneath her pride.
LANK (LANGSTON) - Black man, early 30’s, cool, loving, and charismatic. A dreamer. Has a special affect on women – but not a womanizer. Chelle’s younger brother.
BUNNY (BONITA) - Black woman, mid-late 30’s, fun, spunky, sexy, and joyful. A friend and sometimes a lover… Never lets nothin’ get her down.
SLY (SYLVESTER) - Black man, late 30’s, hip, slick, and sweet-talking. An honest hustler and numbers man. Fiercely loyal. Lank’s best buddy.
CAROLINE - White woman, late 20's/early 30's, beautiful, quiet strength, troubled, soft, and mysterious. There is a world of danger behind her eyes.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting


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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), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), ...

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Detroit '67 was first presented Off Broadway at the Public Theater in association with Classical Theatre of Harlem and the National Black Theatre in New York City on March 11, 2013. It was directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

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