Performance: January 26 - February 25, 2018
Play By: Dominique Morisseau

Celebrating 37 years of theatrical excellence, the award-winning Jubilee Theatre revisits a pivotal time in American history with Dominique Morisseau's gripping Detroit '67. Set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots, Morisseau's Edward M. Kennedy Prize winning story remains eerily relevant today. The world is shifting for two siblings, who are running an after-hours joint in their basement to make ends meet. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, tensions mount when dreams diverge, their tight-knit community is threatened and the streets erupt into violence in this riveting play set to a driving 60's Motown beat.

Detroit '67 is directed Jiles R. King, II, who last directed Jubilee's sold out Musical Spotlight Series production Gospel...Hallelujah!. This biting production stars an ensemble of five actors, many who are familiar to the Jubilee Theatre stage, JuNene K (Chelle), Bryan Pitts (Lank), Cherish Robinson (Bunny), Orlando Valentino (Sly) and Katreeva Phillips (Caroline).

The remaining creative team includes set and costume design by Amy Poe, lighting design by Jordan Smith, sound design by David Lanza, technical direction by Charlie Porter and stage management by Michael Spencer.

Detroit '67 runs January 26-February 25, 2018 at the Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Evening performances are at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Matinee performances are at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Press night is Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm.



Jubilee Theatre, the Fort Worth / Dallas area's only African-American theater producing a full season of shows, exists to create and present theatrical works that reflect the African-American experience. Located at 506 Main Street in Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth, Jubilee Theatre is easily accessible from anywhere in the DFW Metroplex.



Main Stage Series
For the 2017-18 Season, this series will feature Five Productions, performing November 24, 2017 through August 26, 2018.
Each production with have 24 Performances over a five week period.

A Motown Christmas
Created by Nate Jacobs
November 24 - December 24, 2017

Jubilee's Musical Gift for the Holidays!

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with this Jubilee Theatre Christmas debut. Created in 2015 by Nate Jacobs-Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, this exciting family-fun musical is filled with your Christmas favorites from Motown, including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, and The Jackson 5 ... all performed in that unmistakable Jubilee Theatre style. Of all the holiday entertainment choices this year, A Motown Christmas is your best bet by far to get you into the Christmas Spirit!

"A Motown Christmas" was created and first produced by Nate Jacobs at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in Sarasota, FL in December 2015.

By Dominique Morisseau
January 26 - February 25, 2018

The Year That Changed Everything, For a Family and a City

50 years ago... 1967. The world is shifting for two siblings, who are running an after-hours joint in their basement to make ends meet. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, tensions mount when dreams diverge, their tight-knit community is threatened and the streets erupt in violence in this riveting play set to a driving 60's Motown beat.

"CRACKLING WITH HUMOR! Fire-up some Motown, get those hips moving and everything will work out fine." - The New York Times

*contains adult language and themes that make it most appropriate for patrons 14 years and older.

"Detroit '67" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues
Book, Lyrics and Music by Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor and Dan Wheetman
Based on an original idea by Ron Taylor

March 16 - April 15, 2018

From African chants and Delta spirituals to the urban electricity of a Chicago nightclub, from dusty backroads bluegrass to the twang of a country juke joint, It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues is a stirring retrospective of blues classics that summons the true soul of American music. Over two dozen musical numbers are included, among them "I'm Your Hoochie-Coochie Man," "Goodnight, Irene," "Fever," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "Let the Good Times Roll." Tony-Award nominated for Best Musical, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues has played to rave reviews all over the country and is cherished as an original American art form.

"It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues" is present by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Stick Fly
By Lydia R. Diamond
May 25 - June 24, 2018

2010 WINNER!
LA Drama Critics Awards: Best Production

The affluent, African-American LeVay family gather at their Martha's Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective ladies home to meet the parents for the first time. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, longstanding family tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point when secrets are revealed.

"Stick Fly" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Blues in the Night
Conceived by Sheldon Epps

July 27 - August 26, 2018

Set in a rundown Chicago hotel in 1938, this incredible musical revue focuses on three women's relationships with the same "snake-of-a-man" and their interweaving stories told through the torch songs and blues of Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and Alberta Hunter among others. Last performed on the Jubilee Theatre stage in 2010 and back by popular demand, this Tony-Award nominated musical features over twenty five songs with vocal arrangements designed to "bring down the house"!

Originally produced by Mitchell Maxwell, Alan J. Schuster, Fred H. Krones and M Squared Entertainment, Inc., and Joshua Silver (Associate Producer)

"Blues in the Night" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

Introducing the New Spotlight Music Series Pick One - Pick Both!

For the 2017-2018 Season, in addition to the five Main Stage productions, subscribers can choose one production from the New Spotlight Music Series. Want to see both? ... No problem! Choose one music performance from the series as part of the subscription price - choose both and pay only $25 per ticket to see the second show!

Dueling Divas
October 6-8, 2017
Experience the vocal pipes of singing Divas as they battle for the best performance of show-stopping solos. From blockbuster Broadway ballads, to hit songs from decades of popular music, everyone one of them is a winner in their own right... but only you will be the judge as to which Diva is your favorite!

Gospel... Hallelujah!
October 20-22, 2017
Travel back in time for some of that old-time religion. A Gospel Singing Jubilee, filled with the heart and soul of cherished church favorites, sung by leading voices of the sacred music community of North Texas. You'll sing, sway and clap your hands with joy... but you'll only try to stay in your seat!

(Subscription Add-On)
Exclusive Engagement - One Night Only

Scott Theatre - Fort Worth Community Arts Center*

Friday, November 10, 2017

Saturday Nights Sunday Mornings: The Story of Al Green
Written and performed by DeMille Cole-Heard

Torn between two worlds... one filled with sex, drugs and rock & roll... the other filled with the expectations of being the son of a preacher. This fascinating one-man play with music is about the life of soul singer Al Green and his battle with self-discovery, on the road to his ultimate redemption. What do you choose when you're self-righteous on Sunday after being in the den of sin the night before? Sing your way from Saturday Night to Sunday morning in this story where truth and hope prevails.

*Ticket price includes reception party in Scott Theatre lobby following the performance.


A Message from the Artistic Director -
What a fabulous world we live in - in this place we call the theatre! This is the place where we have the opportunity to reach out and hopefully make a difference in someone's life and as Artistic Director of Jubilee Theatre- that is the vision that I can see most clearly for the future of the company.

As an African American Director, I feel it is my duty and responsibility to produce plays and present roles that compensate for the lack of our own conservatories. To shape opportunities for African-American actors, which offer roles that go beyond the stereotypical urban suspects, and to reveal the deeper and varied resources of our culture- while remaining true to our mission.

The theme of our 2016-2017 Season is "Places in Time" and it is my sincere hope that you will travel with us for what we feel will be a glorious ride from places in our chronological past and into the time of our theatres future! Enjoy the Season!

Bill Ray
William (Bill) Earl Ray