Black Spectrum Theatre

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A Wide Range of Performance Art Presentations

Learn more about the numerous exciting entertainment events taking place here at Black Spectrum. From theatre and dance to music, we present a wide range of performing arts opportunities.

Speaker Series

Martha Reeves

Speaking with Spectrum—Martha Reeves

Legendary Motown singer, theatre actress, and former Detroit Councilwoman Martha Reeves will discuss her insights on enduring a successful career as a performer. She sang as one of the original backup singers for Marvin Gaye, before her career as lead singer of Martha Reeves and Vandellas. The all-female group dominated the airwaves with hits such as “Dancing in the Streets,” “Heat Wave,” and “Nowhere to Run.”

Moderated by
Bob Law

Saturday, January 19th, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m.


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Professional Theatre Productions

The Friendship Express

The Friendship Express is a delightful musical that takes children on a fantasy train ride exploring the various types of friendships. There’s a train stop for best friends, acquaintances, and fair weather friends. As the story unfolds, our main character discovers the greatest gift of all is a friend who’s got your back. Geared for daycare students through the 5th grade, this 58-minute musical features colorful characters, wonderful costumes, great music, and audience participation.

Tuesday, February 5th - Friday, February 8th, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.


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Friendship Express

Ayanna Gregory Flyer

Daughter of the Struggle

Dramatist, singer, educator, and activist Ayanna Gregory intimately pays homage to her father, trailblazing civil rights activist Dick Gregory, in this one-woman sensation. She takes audiences on her inspirational journey to self-discovery and appreciation of the past and present.

Friday, February 15th @ 11 a.m.
Sunday, February 16th @ 8 p.m.

$15 for Friday, February 15th
$25 for Saturday, February 16th

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Premiere Film Screening

History Soup

History Soup is a 60-minute cautionary tale aimed at soon-to-be graduates of middle and high school. Seff is a frustrated and disengaged student who is conflicted about whether to finish school or choose a life in the streets making fast money. Enter Brother Djembe: a jazz-flavored African griot who is about to change Seff's life forever.

Written and Directed by Carl Clay.

Saturday, February 23rd @ 8 p.m.

VIP Reception

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