Four plays, two musicals and two performance artists are scheduled for the Obsidian Theater Festival.

The second annual Obsidian Theater Festival returns to downtown Detroit to shine a light on emerging black voices in performance art. Since last year’s plays aired due to the pandemic, this is the first year we’ve actually been able to enjoy the festival live and in person.

Four plays, two musicals and two performance artists are scheduled for the weekend, including the play by Detroit native and Kresge Live Arts Fellow Shawntai Brown. We own it all, which tells the story of three cousins ​​who try to decide who gets the rights to their late uncle’s car during a game of pool. Other pieces include Brandy Victoria Durham’s Wild horses about a group of campers chased away by an annoying “Karen” and MD Schaffer’s Rodeo Clown starring Edmund Alyn Jones (who did a stellar job in Dominique Morrisseau’s film Detroit ’67 at Charles H. Wright). Detroit spoken word artist Ben Will, who has opened for Rupi Kaur and Al Green, ends the weekend with an evening of music and poetry.

Performances begin Thursday, June 23 and are spread across three Detroit venues: Marlene Boll Theater at the Downtown YMCA, The Chrysler Black Box at the Detroit Opera House, and Aretha’s Jazz Cafe at the Music Hall. Tickets are free, with a donation requested to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation or Black Theater United, or the GhostLight Arts Initiative. For more information, including the full lineup and schedule, head to obsidianfest.org.

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