GRCC Theater Department to host “Detroit ’67”

GRCC Theater Department to host “Detroit ’67”

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By Gabe Galligan – Collegiate Staff

The Grand Rapids Community College Theater Department, commonly known as GRCC Players, will be performing the play “Detroit ‘67” at 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 through the 9 at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater. This is the first production on the GRCC Players 2017-18 calendar.

Alumnus and GRCC adjunct instructor, Sammy A. Publes, will be directing the play, which was originally published in 2013 by playwright Dominique Morisseau.

“Detroit ‘67” is being shown 50 years after the original “riots” in Detroit and Grand Rapids in 1967. It centers on characters Chelle and her brother Lank, who are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But, when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. The play’s themes of injustice could easily be drawn to the present day. It contains graphic language and strong content.

“It’s great to see the next generation of actors being cultivated here on campus,” Publes said.

Tickets will be available at the door for a final dress rehearsal at 8 p.m. on Wed., Dec 6.

Tickets are $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. For tickets and more information, call (616) 234-3946.

The other performances in the GRCC Players’ 2017-18 season are:

  • “This is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan, Jan. 11 to 13.
  • “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl, Mar. 29 to 31.

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