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The Public Theater Celebrates Opening Nights of Neva and Detroit ‘67

The off-Broadway productions are currently running at the organization's Astor Place home. logo

The Public Theater held a dual opening night party for its productions of Guillermo Calderón's Neva and Dominique Morisseau's Detroit '67 on Monday, March 11 at their Astor Place home.

Written and directed by Calderón, Neva tells the story of Olga Knipper, the widow of playwright Anton Chekhov, who arrives at a cold St. Petersburg theater to rehearse a production of The Cherry Orchard in 1905. The cast of this American premiere includes Bianca Amato, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, and Luke Robertson.

Detroit '67, a co-production with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and the National Black Theatre, the work follows a pair of siblings in Detroit in 1967, who end up dealing with a mysterious visitor and the city's eruption into riots. The complete cast includes De'Adre Aziza, Francois Battiste, Brandon J. Dirden, Samantha Soule, and Michelle Wilson. The show runs at The Public through March 17 and continues at the National Black Theatre from March 23 through April 14.

Guests included Public Theater veterans Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy), Sharon Washignton (Wild With Happy), Stephen Spinella (As You Like It), and John Douglas Thompson (King Lear), among other stars.

Click here to read TheaterMania's feature on Detroit '67.

Click here for TheaterMania's review of Neva.