Mosaic conjures infamous Red Dwarf at DIA

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DETROIT – His sightings are few, but the disasters he sets in motion are legendary! This spring, Mosaic Youth Theatre will call forth Detroit’s most notorious baddie, The Red Dwarf, in their new production, “City in a Strait.” Commissioned by Mosaic for its young artists, “City in a Strait,” by renowned University of Michigan playwright-in-residence OyamO, will be at the Detroit Film Theatre in the Detroit Institute of Arts May 11-20.
The internationally acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre, a national model for youth development through the arts, will bring to life this poignant story with the power and energy that only a professional youth ensemble can bring to the stage. As the curtain rises, audiences will find themselves bouncing through time as “City in a Strait” begins over 200 years ago when The Red Dwarf first marred the banks of the Detroit River. Having been insulted by Antoine Cadillac, this misshapen demon with a twisted mass of blazing hair, cursed Detroit to an eternity of chaos and misfortune – and The Red Dwarf keeps his word.
The adventure continues as “City in a Strait” follows two friends pulled unexpectedly into the past, who find themselves struggling against The Red Dwarf and his minions. Their scuffles crisscross through the turbulent and triumphant era of the Civil Rights Movement and what they learn from their journey could change Detroit forever. Join Mosaic as they re-visit one of the most pivotal crusades in our country’s history. From the joys of friendship and innocence, to the tragedies of the 1967 uprising, “City in a Strait” is a powerful event that will keep audiences talking long after the curtain comes down.
Mosaic invites you to start that discussion at their post-show talk-backs following the production on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. These engaging sessions, made possible through the “Strengthening Michigan’s Communities Through the Humanities” grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, will be lead by Janet Cleveland, director of “City in a Strait,” and will include several area Civil Rights scholars. Don’t miss this chance to share your opinion and voice your hopes for the city’s future.
“City in a Strait” is a unique multi-media, theatrical experience that should not be missed! The production will be presented at the Detroit Film Theatre in the DIA May 11-20; Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.
General admission is $18 per person, senior and student tickets are $12 per person. Reserve your tickets in advance by calling 313-833-4005.Group discounts are available for 10 or more by calling (313) 872-6910 ext 4005.
For more information about Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, visit

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