The Detroit Repertory Theatre Board of Trustees is excited to announce the first annual "Reppin the Rep" benefit fundraiser on June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm. The legendary Detroit Repertory Theatre was born 62 years ago and with this event is joining in the worldwide celebration of the 60th anniversary of Motown. This event is a fun filled tribute to the spirit of the 60's from which the Detroit Rep was born.
Guests are encouraged to wear their best 1960's outfits. Prizes for the best attire will be awarded. Additionally, a raffle will be held with a 50/50 cash 1st prize and a 2nd place winner will win a stay at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit.
At 6:00 pm the evening begins with champagne, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and live music from Detroit’s Soul Ambassador Melvin Davis under an outdoor tent behind the Theatre. Guests are invited to join a 60’s dance contest and then an “improv” competition before the play. There will also be a presentation of the Irma Wertz Award to the patron of the year. At 8:00 pm the curtain opens on the play Williston, a searing look at the dark world of Oil Reps on Native American land. Following the play Melvin Davis will return to the stage. Champagne, dessert and dancing will keep the celebration going as winners of the raffles and best 60's attire will be announced.
Advance tickets for “Reppin the Rep” are $75 each. Tickets purchased after June 10 are $100 each. Purchase tickets online at detroitreptheatre.com or by calling the Theatre at (313) 868-1347. There is never a surcharge.
About Melvin Davis
One of the most talented, dynamic and prolific artists in the history of Motor City music, Melvin Davis isn’t so much a musician as he is a musical force: songwriter, drummer, performer, producer, arranger, and label owner. His bands have included everyone from a pre-Temptations David Ruffin to a post-MC5 Wayne Kramer. His drumming helped define the Miracles’ Motown smash ‘Tears of a Clown’, drove the Lyman Woodard Trio’s double-sided funk masterpiece ‘River Rouge’ b/w ‘It’s Your Thing’ and became the stuff of legend on Dennis Coffey’s seminal LP “Hair And Thangs”.
This will be the Midwest premiere of Williston by Adam Seidel. Williston is a darkly funny and scintillating exploration of how business corrupts people and the fine line between commerce and conscience. Absorbing, funny, riveting and relevant, the play will have the audience on the edge of its seat all evening.
About the Rep
The Detroit Repertory Theatre, affectionately known as "the Rep", is Michigan’s longest running, nonprofit, professional (union) theatre located in the geographical heart of the city of Detroit. For over 60 years now, the Rep has been committed to producing the finest professional, diversity centered theatre while utilizing indigenous professional artists and providing cultural enrichment opportunities to all segments of the population of southeast Michigan. At the Rep, it has always been about the people. Its effort to reach everyone by ensuring that the price of admission is affordable and accessible to the community at-large is foremost. Since 1957, long before it became fashionable, the Rep has been committed to demonstrating the power of diversity acting in unity.
All funds raised from this benefit will be used by the Detroit Repertory Board to help support the Detroit Rep Theatre and the community activities and events that it promotes, including the Annual Community Street Fair and the Legendary Actors' Workshop.
For information and to purchase tickets click here: detroitreptheatre.com/reppintherep or call the Theatre at (313) 868-1347.
Detroit Repertory Theatre
The first professional (Union), nonprofit theatre
in the State of Michigan,
the Detroit Repertory Theatre's mission is guided
by the belief that the sense of community is stronger than
the forces that splinter
and that efforts to preserve unity
deserve the same attention and support
as the justly cultivated efforts to retain diversity.
The implicit goal in all the theatre's efforts is to
produce the best possible professional theatre
while fostering cultural democratization of the arts,
and fighting, by example,
the disturbing level of racism that still exists.