Dominique Morisseau has become the de facto poet laureate of Detroiter stories. The Detroit Projects play cycle, which includes Detroit ’67, Paradise Blue, and Skeleton Crew, earned her massive critical acclaim including the prestigious Kennedy Prize for Drama and, more recently, a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant. Her latest show Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations marks her Broadway debut while bringing back some of the smoothest sounds from the sixties mixed with a roller coaster of a story. Now, join us “On The Couch” this week with Dominique!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
My ability to see the value in everyone’s human experience.
What was your proudest moment?
Writing my first play in college.
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite condiment?
What is your current obsession?
The TV show Call My Agent on Netflix.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
To win a major Humanitarian Award in my field.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Restrictions on my freedom.
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Humanitarianism and activism.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
What worst trait?
What in the world most thrills you?
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
My cell phone ringing during my own show.
What is your favorite place in the world?
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
My husband is present and his dream is coming true along with mine.
What is your personal motto?
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies of me and eaten alive” – Audre Lorde