Detroit Public Theatre has a new home in Midtown

CultureShift speaks with director Lamar Perry and artistic director Courtney Burkett about meeting Detroiters where they are with upcoming season.

"Mud Row" promotional poster.

One of the city’s most acclaimed theaters is finally laying down the welcome mat at their new home.

Detroit Public Theatre has been building out a new venue in the Cass Corridor at the corner of Third and Selden, not far from the WDET studios. To mark the occasion, they will kick off their eighth season with the play “Mud Row,” written by acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau, who hails from Detroit and has been nominated for multiple Tony Awards.

“Mud Row” tells the story of two sisters who are forced to reckon with their shared heritage when one of them inherits their grandmother’s house. It covers topics like intergenerational trauma, gentrification and Black liberation.

Performances begin on September 21, and to tell us more about it, “Mud Row” director Lamar Perry and DPT artistic director Courtney Burkett join CultureShift.

“We are deeply invested in this community and see this place as our home. Lifting up the voices and the stories and inviting in all Detroiters to experience this work is really important and pivotal to the work that we’re doing.” – Courtney Burkett, producing artistic director

Listen: Detroit Public Theatre talks meeting people where they are, from location to ticket pricing.


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