Center Stage's "Detroit '67" Evokes Parallels To Baltimore 2015 | WYPR

Center Stage's "Detroit '67" Evokes Parallels To Baltimore 2015

Apr 18, 2016

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of Center Stage theater.
Credit Kwame Kwei-Armah

Continuing in our series of conversations about Baltimore post the Freddie Gray uprising, Tom speaks with Kwame Kwei-Armah, OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), Artistic Director of Center Stage, about the theater’s latest production Detroit ’67

The play, written by Dominique Morisseau, takes place in Detroit the day of the 1967 riots. Kwei-Armah says the events that took place in Detroit at that time are similar to what happened in Baltimore April, 2015 following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

Kwame joins Tom in-studio to discuss the play and the responsibility of artists and leaders in the art community to respond to the political and social needs of the city.

Detroit ’67 is at Center Stage’s temporary home on the campus of Towson University until May 8th. Find more information and tickets here