It’s the third play in the MacArthur Genius award-winning playwright’s Detroit cycle — her others include Detroit ‘67 and Skeleton Crew. The play is set in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood as it is being gentrified in 1949, and the protagonist is a brilliant jazz musician torn between his roots in Black Bottom and an uncertain future. While the play is set 70 years in the past, the themes are still timely in a city dealing with all of the conflict that comes with development and transition.
Dominique Morisseau and Detroit Public Theatre Co-founder and Artistic Director Courtney Burkett join Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to discuss the new season.
“The past has come back, the things we keep trying to bury are resurfacing,” says Morisseau, who adds that the protagonist was inspired by jazz greats Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Burkett says the 2019-2020 season for DPT will be filled with stories about poetry, race, gender and disability.