In the style of The Laramie Project, faculty member and playwright José Casas explores the effects of the ongoing water crisis on the residents of Flint, Michigan. Flint will be performed on select dates at the Arthur Miller Theatre on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan. the drama is directed by Dexter Singleton.
Details from U-M Department of Theatre and Drama:
In April 2014, looking to save money, officials in Flint, MI, switched its city water source from the Detroit City system to the Flint River. Soon after the switch, residents began to complain about foul-tasting, smelly water as well as skin rashes and hair loss. As a crisis unfolded, evidence began to grow that the water switch resulted in thousands of Flint residents drinking lead-poisoned water. Protests, litigation, court orders, State intervention, and indictments ensued, many of which amplified the infrastructure deficiencies of the city. In the style of The Laramie Project, Flint explores the current state of the water crisis through narratives based and inspired by the lives and stories of people affected by the tragedy.
Department of Theatre & Drama faculty member and playwright José Casas defines himself as an issue-based playwright. His work 14, inspired by deadly border crossings over a decade ago, was presented by the department last February. Casas’s new drama creates a mosaic of a city struggling to survive and present itself to the world by exploring its hidden stories and history. Guest stage director Dexter Singleton, now based on the East Coast, grew up in Detroit and has relatives in Flint, bringing a local touch to the production. With many of the issues remaining unresolved four years out, Flint serves as a platform for dialogue regarding the future of the city and its resilient residents, as well as for other communities facing similar problems.