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.
- 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 play...it will draw you in!"
- New York Post, Read More
ON BREAKING CHARACTER
Scene Study and Classroom Reading: Plays for Colleges and Universities
by Becca Schlossberg
August 23, 2019
KeywordsBetrayal, Death, Friendship, Love, Memory, Parenting/Family, Politics, Black/African-American Interest
- Mild Adult Themes
- 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)
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.
- Ensemble cast
- Multicultural casting