Detroit '67 by Dominique Morisseau is the recipient of the 2014

Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.

The first in a 3-play cycle about playwright Dominique Morisseau's hometown Detroit, Detroit '67 explores an explosive and decisive moment in a great American city. The play's compelling characters struggle with racial tension and economic instability. Detroit ’67 is a work grounded in historical understanding that also comments meaningfully on the pressing issues of our day.

Download excerpts of Detroit '67

The full script for Detroit '67 is available for purchase at Samuel French.

Production photos from the Public Lab production of Detroit ’67

Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah at The Public Theater at Astor Place Tuesday, February 26, 2013 through Sunday, March 17, 2013. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

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Dominique Morisseau was inspired and influenced by many novels, stories, poems, songs, and works of art. She was also influenced by reading articles written by her uncle, Eddie Morisseau, and oral histories from her mother, father, uncles, and father-in-law.

Of all the many dreams I hoard
Tickets for flights I've yet to board
Where the soil is rich with words enjoyed
The palms are weathered yet still support
The women weathered but still comfort
Where leaves in Fall they fall to chords
And bees in Spring don't sting they sing
My lonely heart tethers to one escort
My main has roots in dear Detroit.
- Joel Fluent Greene

  • The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History honors the late Senator’s love of theater and his profound interest in American history. It is awarded annually through Columbia University to a new play or musical that enlists theater’s power to explore the past of the United States, to participate meaningfully in the great issues of our day through public conversation, grounded in historical understanding, that is essential to the functioning of a democracy. Read more about the prize.