The 2nd Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival puts the old English “D” into Drama this weekend. Held in three historic Detroit venues, the mission of the festival is to achieve community engagement through the theatre arts, while providing a platform to empower Detroit artists. Click here for tickets for the free and paid events happening Friday through Sunday, May 17-19.
Detroit high school students are invited to attend a free special showing at the Detroit Public Library Friends Auditorium on Friday, May 17 at noon of the play “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” and participate in a “meet and greet” with the last living WWII Tuskegee Airmen who are coming from all over the country to attend the festival and enjoy “Tuskegee Airmen Day” in Detroit.
On Friday evening, May 17, there will be a special awards ceremony in several categories for those who have contributed to theatre and arts community, including Detroit native and Tony-Award winner Marilyn McCormick who will direct the opening night presentation of “The Nacirema Society,” written by award-winning author and playwright Pearl Cleage. The opening night events will be held at the historic Players Club.
Students and young adults are eligible for monetary awards in the first ever Dominique Morisseau Monologue Competition, to be held on Saturday, May 18. Ms. Morisseau is a MacArthur Genius Grant Awardee and 2019 Tony-nominated Detroit native who will personally judge the competition and provide workshops to the participants. Students and young adults are eligible for monetary awards in the first ever Dominique Morisseau Monologue Competition, to be held on Saturday, May 18. Click here to see Dominique discuss the event. This free event will be held at the Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library.
The unique “10-Minute Play Festival,” featuring original short plays about Detroit will be hosted by Christopher Johnson and David Burden. The live performances of the plays will be held at the Detroit Public Library Main Branch, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. All plays were written and submitted within the last three months, and will feature local actors in each performance.
The closing event on Sunday, May 19, will include a special stage production of “The Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” an award-winning Off-Broadway play written and directed by Layon Gray. The inspiring play is a narrative about six men as they embark on a challenging journey to become pilots in the still-segregated United States Army Air Force during World War II. The performance will be held at the beautiful Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and will include special presentations to the last living original Tuskegee Airmen.