Playwright’s Rules of Engagement

Detroit '67 StageNotes

Dominique Morisseau’s Playwright’s Rules Of Engagement

  • You are allowed to laugh audibly.

  • You are allowed to have audible moments of reaction and response.

  • My work requires a few “um hmms” and “uhn uhnns” should you need to use them. Just maybe in moderation. Only when you really need to vocalize.

  • This can be church for some of us, and testifying is allowed.

  • This is also live theatre and the actors need you to engage with them, not distract them or thwart their performance.

  • Please be an audience member that joins with others and allows a bit of breathing room. Exhale together. Laugh together. Say “amen” should you need to.

  • This is community. Let’s go.