Conceived by Lisa Biggs. Directed by Kristin Horton.
In development. Summer 2017.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit rebellion. Building on oral histories with community members and historical documents from archives across the state, the AFTER/LIFE creative team will devise and stage an original play to tell the story of the uprising and its aftermath. The production will illuminate similarities and differences between past and present conditions for the city’s residents. In particular, it will challenge prevailing myths about Black criminality and about Detroit’s “decline.” The performances will create a space where Michiganders -- performing artists and audience members alike -- might revisit the past and dream a more equitable, just and inclusive future.
This work is supported in part by a generous grant from the Michigan Humanities Council and the Knight Foundation.