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Detroit Red

There was a moment, in the first week of my junior year of high school, that is the origin story for my life in theatre. It was a small moment, in the scheme of things, but it involved a fork in the road for my self-narrative and I can still replay it in my head, every last detail of it down to the smells and the chill on the night air. An epiphany is a…

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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….

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“Malcolm was our manhood,” actor Ossie Davis said in Malcolm X’s eulogy, “and, in honoring him, we honor the best in ourselves.” When I was growing up in the Fillmore, a once-predominantly African American neighborhood in San Francisco, there was no larger presence than that of Malcolm X. This was the early 1970s, and Malcolm had been assas- sinated some nine years before. Still, his presence was everywhere in our community: in posters on the…

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Just a mere month away from the kick-off of our celebratory 10th Anniversary Season, Executive Director David C. Howse sat down with The Boston Globe for an interview as part of their “Bold Type” series. Howse discusses the upcoming world premiere of Detroit Red (depicting Malcom X’s Boston years), what it means to aim to be truly inclusive in the arts, and how missteps can be valuable gifts, opening doors for new learning and discussions….

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