Play About Detroit Riots Wins Kennedy Drama Prizetags: Detroit, Kennedy Drama Prize, Detroit riots
Ms. Morisseau’s work looks at the Detroit riots of July 1967 through two black siblings who have inherited their home and have conflicting plans for how to use it and a battered white woman who was rescued by the brother and a friend and brought to the house. It was given its premiere in March 2013 by the Public Theater in a partnership with the Classical Theater of Harlem and the National Black Theater. It is the first installment in a three-play cycle about Detroit, Ms. Morisseau’s hometown.
The other finalists for the prize were “Appropriate,” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; “Fun Home,” by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori; “Party People,” by Universes, a performance ensemble, and “The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry,” by Marcus Gardley....
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