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Rehearsal photos for GRCC Players’ production of ‘Detroit ’67’

The GRCC Players had its first performance of “Detroit ’67” on Dec. 7.

You can still catch this production, written by Dominique Morisseau, at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at Spectrum Theater. Tickets cost $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.

A panel discussion, with coffee, will follow the Dec. 8 performance.

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GRCC Players talk with author of ‘Detroit ’67’

Earlier this week, members of the GRCC Players, along with director Sammy A. Publes, shared a video call in Google Hangouts with Dominique Morisseau, author of “Detroit ’67.” She advised them to “check in with yourself often and ask yourself: ‘What are you led by?'” She ended the call with: “Now go rock that show out!”

Performances of “Detroit ’67” start at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 through 9 at Spectrum Theater. Tickets cost $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.

Panel discussions, with coffee, will follow the Dec. 7 and 8 performances.

Student actors and Sammy A. Publes stand in front of a video screen showing Dominique Morisseau.

GRCC In the News, 12-7-17

Showtime: Wednesday, December 6

Dec. 6, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily compendium of live entertainment and music performances in West Michigan for Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

… Grand Rapids Community College Players present “Detroit ’67” in Spectrum Theater. Open dress rehearsal tonight, performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday, curtain at 8 p.m.

#OscarsSoWhite creator speaking at MLK Day event in Grand Rapids

Dec. 6, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In a time of hashtags and tweets, a handful of characters can launch a social movement.

… The Grand Rapids Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is presented by Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Opera Grand Rapids.

Mott dominates in OT to win 7th straight game

Dec. 6, 2017; NBC 25

#24 Mott Community College defeated Grand Rapids Community College 109-99 in overtime at home Wednesday night to win their 7th straight game.

Theater group puts 1940s spin on “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Dec. 6, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Heritage Theatre Group is staging the popular holiday film as a radio broadcast, “It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play,” by Joe Landry.

… Heritage Theatre Group was founded in 1990 to bring classic theatre to Grand Rapids. It performs its main stage season in the summer at the Spectrum Theatre at Grand Rapids Community College with additional productions throughout the year staged in a variety of nontraditional spaces.

 

GRCC Players present ‘Detroit ’67’

Alumnus and adjunct instructor Sammy A. Publes has assembled a cast and crew of theater veterans and newcomers for the GRCC Players’ first production of the 2017-18 season: “Detroit ’67” by Dominique Morisseau.

The story centers on Chelle and her brother, Lank, who are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. A mysterious woman sparks conflict between the siblings, who find themselves caught in the middle of the 1967 riots. The show contains graphic language and strong content.

While the play takes place in the past, Publes says its themes resonate today.

“A lot of the issues that divided our society during those times are being repeated today,” he said. “We must remind our young people that injustice comes in many ways, but the show has an uplifting message: Never give up and follow your dreams — no matter who or what tries to stop you.”

Marqea Lee and Michael Francis play the lead roles, with Raydale Bonivel in a supporting role. Jasmine Piper is the stage manager.

 

Performances of “Detroit ’67” start at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 through 9 at Spectrum Theater. Tickets cost $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.

Panel discussions, with coffee, will follow the Dec. 7 and 8 performances.

A final dress rehearsal, at 8 p.m. Dec. 6, is also open to the public; tickets will be available at the door.

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