Spirit of Detroit, a new play by Detroit native Mercilee M. Jenkins and directed by Kate Mendeloff, explores Detroit's 1967 riot/rebellion and the incident at the Algiers Motel, where three young black men were shot and killed by police.
The story is told through the experiences of Anthony, a young African-American man, and Lucy, a young white woman, who grew up just a few blocks from one another on Detroit's Eastside, but inhabited very different worlds. They are brought together during the riot/rebellion, seeking shelter from the violence at the Algiers Motel. There they are witnesses to the police brutality that resulted in these tragic deaths. They meet 40 years after the riot and revisit their past, re-discovering the spirit of the city they both love.
Each performance will be followed by a discussion with the playwright and director.