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Friday 29 July 2022

Writing Detroit

Dominique Morisseau’s Practice of the Possible

Friday 29 July 2022

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) presented the conversation Writing Detroit: Dominique Morisseau’s Practice of the Possible livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 29 July 2022 at 8 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 11 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

This very special live podcast will be led by Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley, founders of Daughters of Lorraine, a Black feminist theatre podcast on HowlRound. Ealey and Ridley will interview award-winning and acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau on her recent Broadway productions of Ain’t Too Proud and Skeleton Crew, the future of Detroit theatre and performance, and reckoning with American history. Ealey and Ridley discuss Morisseau’s own practice of reparative creativity and the ability for theatre to serve as a rehearsal for true change.

Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle): Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Confederates (Signature Theatre), Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre), and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). Her Broadway production of Skeleton Crew (Manhattan Theatre Club) was TONY nominated for best play and she was also the TONY nominated book writer on the Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). TV/Film projects: She has served as Co- Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless.” She’s currently developing projects with Netflix and HBO, and wrote the film adaptation of the documentary STEP for Fox Searchlight. Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award (2), and the Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18 and a recipient of the 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant.

About the 2022 ATHE Conference
This year’s conference theme, Imagining the Possible: Practicing Reparative Creativity, asks how can our collective live presence in Detroit offer emergent strategies that shape sustainable change in our field, our host city, and our communities. How will we abolish institutional, embedded racist structures? As we seek to reimagine, rebuild, and rise up, what are some new arrangements of the possible that we might pursue? In Worldmaking, Dorinne Kondo asserts that “reparative creativity offers possibilities to work through effects of affective and structural violence,” reminding us that the “reparative is a critical, political, and artistic practice.” Engaging this line of thinking, we query: How will we engage our practices to harness the power of theatre for social justice?

For the full theme and links to conference schedule and information about ATHE, click here.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based, peer-produced, open-access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing-arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and develop our knowledge commons collectively. Anyone can participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email [email protected] or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal. View the video archive of past events.

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