Detroit 67 auditions

Detroit ‘67
Written Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Renee van Nifterik

Open Auditions: Sunday, December 5 from 7 pm and Monday, December 6 from 7pm
First-Read Through: December 12 from 3:00-7:00 pm
First Tech: February 13
Performance Dates: 
February 18-March 6, 2022

In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 riots. Winner! Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History


Chelle (Michelle): Female, late 30s.
Strong, steadfast, firm, and not easily impressed; a widow, mother, and sister; she is a survivor; a loving heart beneath her pride, nothing gets past her and she makes sure of it; she has two feet solidly on the ground with one eye on reality and the other on creating a future for her family. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Lank (Langston): Male, early to mid 30s.
Chelle’s younger brother; Lank is ambitious, cool, loving, and charismatic; a dreamer; he is leading man-esque but still wet behind the ears. He has the potential to be slick and suave but has not figured out how yet; he has a special effect on women but is not a womanizer; he has a physical and spiritual chemistry with Caroline. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Bunny (Bonita): Female, late 30s.
Bunny is fun, spunky, sexy, and joyful; she is very much her own woman, enjoys playing with men but is faithful to hers; she is smart as whip, witty, observant but not pushy, and is the go-to woman for information in Detroit. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent

Sly (Sylvester): Male, late 30s.
Sweet-talking and fiercely loyal; he is an honest hustler and numbers man; he is Lank’s best friend; he has large heart, a soft spot for Chelle, and uses comedy as a shield. Ethnicity: Black / African Descent  

Caroline: Female, late 30s.
Caroline has a beautiful, quiet strength and casts a spell when she walks in the room; she is simultaneously troubled, mysterious, and alluring; there is a world of danger behind her eyes; she has seen and experienced a lot of pain and drifts, untethered, but is looking to put roots down – somewhere; she has gravitas; she has a physical and spiritual chemistry with Lank. Ethnicity: White / European Descent

Actors should present a headshot and resume, if available. All actors should be prepared to read from the script. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.

Rehearsals and performances will be held at the Pearl Theater located at 14803 Park Almeda Dr. Houston, TX 77047. Any/all known conflicts should be disclosed prior to or at auditions and confirmed at the first read-through. Additional calls for the purposes of costume parade, Publicity photos, and other issues pertaining to production will be scheduled as needed by the Stage Management.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays @ 7-10:00 pm and Sundays @ 3:00 pm-7:00 pm
Tech Week – Sunday-Friday February 13-17, 2022

COMPENSATION: This is a non-paying gig.

ASAP via email or text. All auditioners will be notified of casting decisions either way.

CONTACT: with questions