Maryland Ensemble Theater’s 24th Mainstage Season continues to bring relevant and thought-provoking theater to Downtown Frederick with Dominique Morriseau’s Detroit ’67. MET Society Fellow Ray Hatch directs the MET’s first production in 2022. From February 11 to March 6, audiences will love this entertaining and educational piece that sheds light on a lesser-known time in our country’s history.
At Detroit 67, Motown is the soul of Detroit’s party scene, where a brother and sister have turned their basement into an after-hours joint. The two argue over their different ideas of what to do with their inheritance. A mysterious woman interferes in their lives and brings the fate of the family business to the brink, as the city around them descends into chaos with the outbreak of the Detroit Riot. The show features MET Society member Rona Mensah as Chelle and welcomes a cast making their MET Mainstage debut: Evan Carrington as Lank, Charli Simone as Caroline, Anya Randall Nedel as Bunny and Mark Wallace in Sylvester.
“I hope people can see how little things have changed in our society and make the choice to do something their own little (or big) way,” said director Ray Hatch. “The things we fought for in 1967 were the same things we fought for in 1957 and 1977 and we are still fighting for them today.” Stage Manager Karli Cole, Assistant Stage Manager Olivia Pietanza, Set Designer Eric Berninghausen, Lighting Designer Doug Grove, Sound Designer Tom Majarov, Costume Designer Sandy Spence, Props Designer Lori Byrd, Production Manager Melynda Wintrol and Master carpenter and electrician Cody James.
Audiences can see Detroit ’67 at the Maryland Ensemble Theater (31 W Patrick St. Frederick, MD). Performances will take place from February 11 to March 6 with evening performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and matinees at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Audiences are required to provide proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of attendance) and mask for MET performance.
Tickets are $28 and are available for purchase at www.marylandensemble.org.