The Park Players of Detroit were very pleased to present the community theater premiere of Palmer Park, by Joanna McClelland Glass. We were delighted to have Mary Davis direct this important event in our history. The play recreated a Detroit neighborhood’s challenges and triumphs in post-riot Detroit, circa 1968.
From the Stratford Festival Playbill, 2008 – the play’s debut performance:
In 1967 there were riots in 59 US cities, the worst of which was “The Rebellion” in Detroit, Michigan. Over 100,000 fled the city in an exodus dubbed “white flight,” resulting in plummeting property values and students suffering in over-crowded, under-funded public schools.
In the play Palmer Park, by Joanna McClelland Glass, the upper-middle-class Palmer Park neighborhood and its highly rated Hampton School seemed to have racially integrated successfully. Two couples, one black and one white, rally the neighbors, desperately hoping to maintain the profile of their community and school. With shared camaraderie and pathos, Palmer Park explores what these neighbors had in common and reveals their differences.
This production was one of the most successful performances in Park Players’ modern history, delivering a thought-provoking and powerful performance to the very city in which the story is based.