PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Detroit ’67 Is Sharply Relevant, But Predictable

The PlayMakers Repertory Company cast for Detroit '67 includes (from left) Rachel Christopher as Chelle, Charlie Hudson, III as Sly, Tangela Large as Bunny, and Myles Bullock as Lank in (photo by Jon Gardiner)

While Tuesday night’s performance of the PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 was in progress, many in Charlotte, North Carolina were preparing for a large protest over the shooting death of Keith L. Scott by local police earlier that day. Regardless of the circumstances of this particular incident, entire communities continue to… Continue reading PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Detroit ’67 Is Sharply Relevant, But Predictable

Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 Is Set During a Watershed Year in Her Hometown

Myles Bullock and Rachel Christopher star as Lank and Chelle Poindexter (photo by Jon Gardiner)

1967 was the year that changed everything for the City of Detroit and the fictional African-American family depicted in Detroit ’67, University of Michigan educated dramatist and actress Dominique Morisseau’s prize-winning play about a watershed year in her hometown, which is the inaugural mainstage production in PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2016-17 season. The University of North… Continue reading Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 Is Set During a Watershed Year in Her Hometown

“Hold These Truths” Is Mesmerizing and Multidimensional

Gordon Hirabayashi is not a name that most people have ever heard of, but, behind that name lies an incredible story. Hirabayashi was a Japanese American who, in the midst of World War II, was ordered to report to an interment camp. In the most American of ways possible, Hirabayashi refused, writing a letter of… Continue reading “Hold These Truths” Is Mesmerizing and Multidimensional

PRC’s Regional Premiere of “Hold These Truths” on April 23-27 Chronicles a 44-Year Struggle for Justice

For the final presentation of its 2013-14 PRC2 second-stage series, PlayMakers Repertory Company will stage the regional premiere of Hold These Truths, a one-man show written by Jeanne Sakata and performed by Joel de la Fuente, under the direction of Lisa Rothe, on April 23-27 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of… Continue reading PRC’s Regional Premiere of “Hold These Truths” on April 23-27 Chronicles a 44-Year Struggle for Justice

“Penelope,” a New Play Written and Performed by Ellen McLaughlin, Will Premiere at PlayMakers Rep

"Penelope" playwright and performer Ellen McLaughlin will share the stage with a string quartet (PRC photo by Andrea Akin)

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the world premiere of “Penelope,” a new one-woman show written and performed by Ellen McLaughlin and directed by Lisa Rothe, with music composed by Sarah Kirkland Snider for an onstage string quartet(!), on April 25-29 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill.