The Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department‘s 2022-23 Mainstage Season continues with Detroit ’67, by Dominique Morisseau, running February 8 through 18 at the Courtyard Theatre of the Getz Theatre Center of Columbia College, located at 72 E. 11th St. in Chicago’s South Loop. Student discounts are available. For tickets and more information (including COVID-19 protocols for this LIVE, IN-PERSON production), click here.
The production features an all-student cast and a production team composed of students, alumni, and faculty under the direction of Columbia College alum Aaron Reese Boseman ‘12, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program. Boseman is also a Theatre Department faculty member.
Detroit ’67, which premiered in 2013, is the first play in a trilogy by Dominique Morisseau titled The Detroit Project. Set in Detroit, Michigan, in 1967, the drama focuses on a brother and sister who are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours club – a so-called “blind pig.” 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.
“What calls me to this play is that it is a story about multifaceted Black Love, at its core,” says director Aaron Reese Boseman. “It is a story of Black Love’s beauty, ugliness, worth, and daring to persevere. . . . Morisseau’s poetic and chilling work checks off so many boxes for me. Detroit ‘67 delivers a compelling, frightening narrative about race and the American Dream. For me, it is A Raisin in the Sun‘s gritty sister play.”