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DPT announces 2019-20 Season

Season Announcement June 05, 2019



2019-20 season features works by renowned playwrights:

Tony-award nominee and MacArthur Genius Award Winner, Dominique Morisseau,

Pulitzer prize winner Martyna Majok, Kane Smego, and others

DETROIT ,Mich. – Detroit Public Theatre (DPT) is pleased to announce the plays and schedule of performances for the 2019-20 season.  For its fifth season, DPT has assembled a line-up of celebrated playwrights and artists bringing their work to the DPT stage and, new this year, two bonus performances with partner producers available for DPT season subscribers.

The 2019-20 subscription series for DPT’s fifth season is on sale now at www.detroitpublictheatre.org.  Individual tickets go on sale July 15, 2019.

2019-20 DPT season schedule and synopses:

Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau

Sept. 25 through Nov. 3, 2019

Directed by Goldie Patrick

The third play in MacArthur Genius award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit cycle, Paradise Blue is set in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood as it is being gentrified in 1949. Blue, a brilliant jazz musician, is torn between remaining in Black Bottom or leaving behind his traumatic past. Paradise Blue is a passionate, timely look at what is lost—and what is gained—by the people of a city in transition. 

Temples of Lung and Air by Kane Smego

Nov. 14 through Dec. 8, 2019

Directed by Joseph Megel

Virtuosic solo performer Kane Smego explores race, identity, and language in his one-man show. Poetry, hip hop, and storytelling join forces in his tale of growing up a white boy in the South, with a black father figure and a love of hip hop. Now an international spoken word artist, musician, and educator, Smego’s poetic reflection asks us to take a closer look at ourselves and our society.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask

Performance location to be announced

Directed by Courtney Burkett

Feb. 6 – 29, 2020

Lift up your hands for the most groundbreaking, gut-busting, gender-bending character ever to grace the stage! Join the outrageous and hilarious Hedwig Schmidt ‘internationally ignored song stylist’ as she shares her story, backed by her rock band ‘The Angry Inch,’ for an immersive rock gig and stand-up comedy event that will inspire anyone who feels life has given them an inch when they deserved a mile. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever,” says Time Magazine.

Cost of Living by Martyna Majok

April 30 through May 24, 2020

Director to be announced

Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living is an exquisitely original, honest, and deftly funny new play that explores our need to connect and be loved, regardless of the gulfs that disability, race, and class place between us. John, a wealthy, brilliant, successful PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, a recent graduate who has fallen on hard times, as his new caregiver. Across town, truck driver Eddie attempts to support and re-engage with his estranged wife, Ani, following a terrible accident that has left her quadriplegic. As four very different lives collide and entwine, roles are unapologetically flipped, reversed and exposed. Who is actually caring for whom?   

DPT is pleased to offer two bonus performances for subscribers.  “As part of DPT’s mission to be part of growing and supporting a robust, collaborative theatre community in our city,” said Sarah Clare Corporandy, DPT producing artistic director and co-founder. “We hand-picked these productions to share with our audience.  They add a wonderful new dimension to our season, giving the DPT community further opportunities to connect with artists and work we love and respect.”

Jitney by August Wilson

Winner of the 2017 TONY Award for Best Revival of a Play

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Presented by Broadway in Detroit

Nov. 7 –9, 2019 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 9, 2019 at 2 p.m.; and Nov. 10, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Performances at Music Hall Detroit (350 Madison St in Detroit)

Set in Pittsburgh in the 1970s, Jitney follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or ‘jitneys.’ When the city threatens to board up the business, and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare and potent secrets are revealed. Jitney is the seventh play in August Wilson’s ten-play cycle on the Black experience in twentieth century America. Wilson’s plays served as an inspiration for Paradise Blue playwright Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit cycle. This production, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2017.

Double Edge Theatre’s Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro

Presented by The Hinterlands

In association with Detroit Public Theatre

April 2 – 4, 2020 at 8 p.m. and April 5, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Performances take place at The Jam Handy (2900 East Grand Blvd. in Detroit)

Double Edge Theatre’s signature visual style brings to life this dreamlike performance that blends images and texts from Leonora Carrington and Alejandro Jodorowsky.  With a gripping live score, the production explores the borders between madness and magic and reveals the power of the imagination.

All performances, with the exception of: Jitney, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Double Edge Theatre’s Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro, will take place on the DPT stage inside the Robert A. & Maggie Allesee Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201).

Call the DPT Office at (313) 974-7918 or visit www.detroitpublictheatre.org for subscriptions, special rates for groups of 10 or more, and information on DPT.  After July 15th you may purchase individual tickets through the DSO box office at (313) 576-5111 or by visiting www.detroitpublictheatre.org.

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