In the Cass Corridor, Detroit Public Theater has opened its new headquarters. It’s bringing top-rated theater to the city, and with their latest production, it’s putting a spotlight on a homegrown talent.
“Noura” was written by Michigan-born Iraqi-American playwright Heather Raffo, who also stars as the titular role in the production. Performances are happening at the Detroit Public Theatre now through December 18.
Raffo and Detroit Public Theatre artistic director and co-founder Courtney Burkett joined CultureShift to talk about representation, family roots and the power of performance.
“You’re sitting next to people that you don’t know and you have no connection to except for these 90 minutes. The conversations that happen in our lobby after the show are really powerful and meaningful. To be able to experience these stories together is what makes theater a unique art form and makes the experience very visceral and very meaningful for many people.” — Courtney Burkett, Detroit Public Theatre