Performances for Detroit Red have finally begun and we could not be more excited to bring this world premiere to Boston. It is truly a moment to celebrate, to tell this story where it happened, and to ensure our community is right alongside us as we delve into Malcolm X’s time in Boston. Of course, we’d love to hear from you about what this play sparked for you and continue the conversation in the comments. Below are a few prompts to drum up some ideas, but we invite you to share whatever thoughts come to you.
- How did this play change your idea of Boston’s history?
- What resonated with you about Detroit Red’s journey?
- Can you think back to a decision in your own life that feels significant?
“When a life is as complicated as that of Malcolm X, history books can only tell part of the story. Power’s poeticized, episodic account of how Malcolm X learned what he learned, and how he became what he became, ultimately adds up to AN ENGROSSING PORTRAIT OF THE ACTIVIST AS A YOUNG MAN.”
“STYLISHLY DIRECTED by Lee Sunday Evans.”
“Eric Berryman delivers AN ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE.” – The Boston Globe
“Eric Berryman delivers A LASTING AND INCREDIBLY POWERFUL PERFORMANCE.” – Jared Bowen, WGBH
“Playwright Will Power lives up to his name with A MESMERIZING STORY.”
“A FULLY-REALIZED ARTISTIC EXPLORATION. Hyper-imaginative integration of theater and…eye-popping, larger than life film projection. Whatever you call their style of theater, I WANT TO SEE MORE OF IT.” – WBUR
“AMBITIOUS. OUTSTANDING. A multi-media piece that hits hard on multiple levels.”
“Eric Berryman’s bravura performance comes off genuine and brutally honest. Edwin Lee Gibson and Brontë England-Nelson play multiple characters throughout the show displaying remarkable versatility and depth.”
“Edwin Lee Gibson and Brontë England-Nelson play multiple characters, displaying REMARKABLE VERSATILITY AND DEPTH.” – METRMAG.com
“DIRECTOR LEE SUNDAY EVANS HAS CRAFTED ONE OF THOSE RARE GEMS. She has a firm grasp on the possibilities of modern technology and the ways it can shape theatre, but, perhaps more importantly, the way it has shaped audiences. Hers will be a name to watch out for in the coming decade.” – BroadwayWorld.com
“Intense. Insightful. At times uncomfortable like a great roller coaster ride Detroit Red leaves nothing to chance. Well done, WillPower. Boston hurry and get your tickets!” – @FMLowery89
“It’s great–highly recommended.” – Marilyn Bernstein, Facebook
“Really well written, and deep insight into what influences a person to become who they are. Great scenes and performances.” – Erin L. McCormack, Facebook
“Excellent performance!” – Jo Ann Fitzgerald, Facebook
“A well acted roller coaster of Malcolm X life before he was Malcolm X! Intense!” -@Afoodaficionado
“Go see Detroit Red. It’s beautiful and raw and painful and hopeful.” – @jendeaderick