Feb 01 - 16 2020
Detroit Red

Detroit Red

Presented by ArtsEmerson at Emerson Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage

The world forever knows him as Malcolm X, but when he lived in Roxbury, they called him “Detroit Red.” Internationally renowned playwright Will Power combines the accuracy of a historian with the lyricism of a poet to shine a contemporary light on a pivotal coming-of-age moment in the celebrated, controversial civil rights leader’s life.

Boxed in by race and class in 1940’s Boston, he transformed from a rowdy teenager into a street hustler. Detroit Red vividly brings this world to life, depicting a brutally honest, human portrayal of the future activist as he navigates street life and the criminal underworld, taking the first steps in his quest to define the type of man he would eventually become.

Power has been called “the best verse playwright in America” (New York Magazine) and is widely known as one of the pioneers and cocreators of hip hop theater. This world premiere of Detroit Red uplifts Malcolm X’s under-examined, life-shaping experiences as a young man who called Boston home.


Parental Advisory 14+: This performance contains nudity.

Admission Info


Seating Location:
Front Balcony OR Rear/Side Balcony
Full Price:
BosTix Price: $39 + Fee

Seating Location:
Rear Balcony OR Balcony
Full Price:
BosTix Price: $25 + Fee

Specific seats will be assigned by the Emerson Paramount Theatre box office.

Parental Advisory 16+: This performance contains nudity.

Phone: 617-824-8400

Email: tickets@artsemerson.org

Dates & Times

2020/02/01 - 2020/02/16

Location Info

Emerson Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage

559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111