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Dominique Morisseau\'s <em>Detroit 67</em> is on African American Repertory Theater\'s 2014-15 season

2014-15 for AART

Next season, African American Repertory Theater has three regional premieres, in one show in the Wyly Theatre's Studio Theatre as part of the Elevator Project.



published Monday, August 4, 2014

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Dominique Morisseau's Detroit 67 is on African American Repertory Theater's 2014-15 season

Dallas — The seventh season for African American Repertory Theater has been announced. The four-show lineup includes three area premieres, with one that is part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center's new Elevator Project.

The season opens soon with Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder's award-winning Gee's Bend, and continues with Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67 and David Feldshuh's Miss Evers Boys. All of those productions are at the K.D. Studio Theatre, where AART moved last season after five seasons in DeSoto. August Wilson's Radio Golf is the Elevator show, and it happens in the Studio Theatre at the Wyly Theatre.

Here's more from the AART news release, with dates and descriptions:

 

Gee’s Bend  

by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder
Regional Premiere
August 22 – September 7, 2014, previews August 21
Location:  KD Studio Theatre – Dallas, Texas

Awards:
Winner of the American Theater Critics Association New Play Award (2008) 

Synopsis:

Gee's Bend, explores the turbulent history of African-Americans in the Deep South during the 20th century.  The heart of the story resides in the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, now famous for the beautiful quilts created by the women that grew up there.  Beginning in 1939, we follow Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie’s husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife and the Civil Rights movement.  Remarkably, playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder manages to pay homage to the gifted women of Gee's Bend while exploring the resilience of the human spirit, especially as it is expressed in art.  Interwoven with gospel music, Gee's Bend is a deeply personal story of family, self-discovery, and artistic expression.

 

Detroit ’67

by Dominique Morisseau
Regional Premiere
October 31 – November 23, 2014, previews October 30
Location:  KD Studio Theatre – Dallas, Texas

Awards:
Winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

Synopsis:
It's 1967 in Detroit, Michigan and Motown music is getting the party started. Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning the basement of their late parent’s home into an after-hours joint. Tensions mount when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives and 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.

 

Miss Evers Boys  

by David Feldshuh
February 20 - March 8, 2015, previews February 19
Location:  KD Studio Theatre – Dallas, Texas

Awards:

Winner of the New American Play Award

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama   

Synopsis:

Miss Evers' Boys explores the moral, ethical, and medical dilemmas faced by those involved in one of the most notorious medical secrets in American history, the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, performed by the United States government from 1932 to 1972.  This powerful drama is a fictional account based on this shocking study. As the story unfolds, Nurse Evers wrestles with her loyalty to the institute's doctors while her band of patients fight to live through the power of music and dance.

 

Radio Golf  

by August Wilson
Regional Premiere
May 22 – June 7, 2015 / previews May 21
Location: Studio Theatre in the Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Arts District

Awards:

Winner! 2007 New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Best Play 
Nominee! 2007 Tony Award, Best Play 
Nominee! 2007 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play

Synopsis:

Harmond Wilks, an Ivy League-educated lawyer with an educated and ambitious wife, plans to redevelop a poverty-stricken section of Pittsburgh with his business partner and friend, Roosevelt Hicks, while preparing for his candidacy to become Pittsburgh’s first black mayor. Plans change when the owner of an old property in the middle of the redevelopment area refuses to give up his home, which has a more significant past than Harmond or Roosevelt could have ever imagined, prompting Harmond to confront the past. Thanks For Reading





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