Elmwood Playhouse February 2021 Cold Reading

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Black History IS American History. Elmwood Playhouse has re-dedicated itself to lifting up the stories of those whose voices are silenced, and to work toward the realization of true justice and equality for all. To that end, the Play Selection Charge has been updated and the Cold Reading Series continues to highlight plays and playwrights that reflect that statement, this month and every month.

Detroit ’67, by Dominique Morisseau, takes on a moment rife with police brutality, immense racial divide, and a powder keg of emotions. It’s the summer of 1967, and the soulful sounds of Motown are breaking records and breaking down barriers. Siblings Chelle and Lank make ends meet by running an unlicensed bar in their Detroit basement, a risky business as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. When Lank offers shelter to an injured white woman, tensions escalate both in their home and in their community—and they find themselves caught in the middle of the violent ’67 uprising.

Cast: Bea Pohl, Stephanie Brumsey, Jason Aubin, Hasseim Muhammad, Carol Napier, Tiffany M. Card.  Free reading of Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau, Friday, February 19, 2021 7:30 PM.  Email readings@elmwoodplayhouse.com for the Zoom link.

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