Detroit '67 is about big issues: race, home, Motown, family and a city under siege. In the tradition of A Raisin in the Sun and The Piano Lesson, Morisseau’s drama is at its core about two siblings — Chelle and Lank — clashing over the right to maintain family stability or reach for a dream of economic progress. When a white, female stranger enters their lives, the lines of the legacy they’re both fighting to protect become blurred. Set against the explosive racial tensions of the 1967 Detroit riots, which occurred over the course of five days, Morisseau might be letting us know that, despite it all, the music keeps us together.
Danai Gurira’s gripping drama that tells the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia and their tale of survival, hope, humor and resilience near the end of the Second Liberian Civil War. Presented by Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater, featuring senior Ugonna Nwabueze with guest director Shariffa Ali.
Sink Sank Sunk
sudden death and synchronized swimming.
SINK SANK SUNK is a digital mini-series that blends live portraits, a narrative storyline, and documentary-style footage to tell the story of Cooper, a reclusive young photographer with some unresolved mommy-issues. When his mother suddenly dies, Cooper seeks to gain an understanding of her (and their antagonistic relationship) by completing her passion project: a documentary film about her multigenerational synchronized swimming team.
The Year of the Bicycle
he Year of the Bicycle’ captures the relationship of two children from very different backgrounds who befriend each other over a wall. Skipping from the lightness of play to the dark borders of loneliness this is a play about people reaching out for one another.
When two estranged childhood friends, Amelia and Andile, fall into a concussion at the same moment they meet in each other’s confused minds. Their bodies are broken but their thoughts are very loud as they reach out for contact. While piecing together fragments of self their memories draw them back to 1997; the year of Ninja Turtles, learning to ride bicycles and R.Kelly's 'I believe I can fly'. The year when childhood naivety was first shot through with the pangs of childhood shame. And the year when their friendship was built up and broken down by a place in which it is impossible for even a child to feel at ease.
We are Proud to Present
In a small rehearsal room, a diverse troupe of actors attempt to devise a performance about the first modern genocide – to chilling effect. Written by Yale alum and Windham Campbell winner Jackie Sibblies Drury, We Are Proud to Present… is an incendiary funny-until-it-isn’t play that premiered to universal acclaim and demands answers about the violence of erasure and the politics of performance. What histories and stories get told, and how do we tell them?
Round Round places the viewer at the cyclical center of a Kikuyu tribal myth wherein Man may become Woman and Woman may become Man. As the characters unravel their own layers of uniqueness and similarity, they find expression as individuals yet come find strength in supporting one another. Round Round uses VR, dance, music and form to create a sacred space where one may explore myriad versions of themselves.