Detroit Public Theatre - Meet The Cast of EIGHT NIGHTS!


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Meet The Cast


We're thrilled to announce the talented cast of Jennifer Maisel's Eight Nights at Detroit Public Theatre! Joining us are artists who  will be familiar to DPT audiences like Henrí Franklin, Eric Gutman, Michael Lopetrone, and DPT Co-Producing Artistic Director Sarah Winkler, who've all graced our stage in previous productions. We're equally excited to introduce new artists to the DPT family, including Rivka Borek, Kurt Kanazawa, and Janai Lashon.

Curious to learn more about this exceptional cast?
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Eight Nights follows the journey of Rebecca Blum, a Holocaust survivor who arrives in the United States in December of 1949. Set during the eight nights of Hanukkah, we travel with her as she builds a family and a diverse community of loved ones—always moving forward—daring only to touch the past for those she loves the most. Jennifer Maisel’s award-winning, lyrical play illuminates brutal cycles of oppression and erasure across time amongst Jewish, African American, Japanese American, and recent Middle Eastern refugee communities. Her powerful story simultaneously celebrates the resilience of the human spirit—continually striving for connection and seeking the very best of humanity even in the worst of times.

Please note: To accompany this impactful play, facilitated post-show Talk Backs will follow every Saturday and Sunday matinee. Plus you can stick around after Thursday and Friday evening shows to discuss themes of the show with DPT's Producing Artistic Directors and Eight Nights cast.

Run time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
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Volunteer Ushers Needed

Become a vital part of the Detroit Public Theatre experience by joining our team of ushers! If you're passionate about theatre, love engaging with people, and want to be part of creating unforgettable moments, then ushering at DPT is the perfect opportunity for you. Plus, you'll get to enjoy our productions while helping create a welcoming atmosphere for our audience. Share this opportunity with friends and family who might be interested – let's make every show a memorable one together!

Please reach out to DPT Ronita Kipp, Facilities & Events Manager, at to learn more information or become a volunteer usher.