Detroit Public Theatre Reopens After Redesign

“Mud Row” is the first production in the renovated Detroit Public Theatre at 3960 3rd St. at Selden. The site, an old garage and English muffin factory built in 1919, has been converted into a 7,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art performing arts hub with plenty of moving parts.

Nationally recognized Detroit Public Theatre will open its new building with the play “Mud Row” by Detroit playwright Dominique Morisseau from Sept. 21 to October 30. 

Detroit Public Theatre New Building

Dominique Morisseau is a multiple TONY Award-nominated, MacArthur Genius Award-winning writer, most recently known for “Ain’t Too Proud” who also serves as Detroit Public Theater’s Executive Artistic Producer.

“Dominique Morrisseau is one of our nation’s greatest playwrights, and a member of the artistic leadership team at DPT.  It is an honor to produce Dominique’s work in her beloved hometown, and to be able to share her work with Detroit audiences, whose stories are reflected on our stage.” said Courtney Burkett, Producing Artistic Director of Detroit Public Theatre.  “We are thrilled to open the new home of Detroit Public Theatre  with the Michigan premier of ‘Mud Row’.”

Detroit Public Theater’s Executive Artistic Producer, Dominique Morrisseau

“Mud Row,” directed by Lamar Perry, weaves a compelling and hopeful story of sisterhood, love, forgiveness and shared heritage when two high-spirited sisters learn that one of them inherits their grandmother’s house.  The cast features local and national talent, with several members of the cast returning home to Detroit following national theatre debuts. 

The 200-plus-seat flexible black box theatre allows for various configurations of the seating and staging.  That’s an increase of 100 seats from where the organization previously staged productions inside the Max M. Fisher Music Center, home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  A new lobby and bar for guests, a rehearsal space for actors, and state of the art equipment fill out the remaining floor plan.


“In addition to housing our work, this building will support a thriving Detroit theatre community where we can provide residencies so other companies and artists have a place to create and present their work,” said Sarah Winkler, DPT producing artistic director.


  • Elsie – Adrienne S. Wells
  • Frances – Carman Cooper
  • Regine – Stori Ayers
  • Toshi – Jade Radford
  • Davin – Brain Marable
  • Tyriek – Henri Franklin

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