[act-ma] 2/01 to 16 Detroit Red -World Premiere!

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Thu Jan 30 08:52:45 PST 2020

Detroit Red
Before he was Malcolm X, he was Detroit Red
FEB 01-16*

*Preview performances FEB 01-04

The world forever knows him as Malcolm X, but when he lived in Roxbury, 
they called him “Detroit Red.” Internationally renowned playwright Will 
Power combines the accuracy of a historian with the lyricism of a poet 
to shine a contemporary light on a pivotal coming-of-age moment in the 
celebrated, controversial civil rights leader’s life.

Boxed in by race and class in 1940’s Boston, he transformed from a rowdy 
teenager into a street hustler. Detroit Red vividly brings this world to 
life, depicting a brutally honest, human portrayal of the future 
activist as he navigates street life and the criminal underworld, taking 
the first steps in his quest to define the type of man he would 
eventually become.

Power has been called “the best verse playwright in America” (New York 
Magazine) and is widely known as one of the pioneers and cocreators of 
hip hop theater. This world premiere of Detroit Red uplifts Malcolm X’s 
under-examined, life-shaping experiences as a young man who called 
Boston home.

Tickets at artsemerson.org 



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