FREE performances at MOCAD on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, 2019


DETROIT - Feb. 12, 2019 – Broadway producers and creators of American Scoreboard, an ongoing produced series that follows the Trump administration with selected verbatim readings of U.S. Senate and Congressional transcripts, Fran Kirmser and Christopher Burney, have teamed up with Detroit Public Theatre to bring the series to Detroit March 2 and 3 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).  


Featured reading for the Detroit dates will be the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with Clint Watts on the Russian interference in the 2016 election. Created and produced by Kirmser and Burney, the American Scoreboard series brings together actors from theater, television and film to encourage all citizens of every background and political persuasion to actively engage in and listen to the language of our leaders. 


The one-hour readings are presented without intentional slant or interpretation. The American Scoreboard production is a collaboration with MOCAD and Detroit Public Theatre as well as local Detroit theatres The HinterlandsMatrix Theatre Company andShakespeare in Detroit


WHEN:            Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m.

                        (Run time is 60 minutes without intermission)


WHERE:         MOCAD 4454 Woodward Ave. Detroit MI, 48201

TICKETS:       Admission: $5 (Free with advance reservation for MOCAD Members and Detroit Public Theater Subscribers)

                        Link to reserve tickets can be found on the homepage at


Casting for the Detroit production will include Detroit area actors.



American Scoreboard is a non-profit educational endeavor that is free and open to the public.

American Scoreboard’s first readings were presented at HB Studio Players Theater on January 24, 2017, reaching back into 2016 on the topic of corporate fraud with The Wells Fargo Hearing Panel 1. The second reading, The Tom Price Confirmation Hearing - Panel 1, was presented March 1, 2017, and the third installment on The Investigation of Russian Interference in the 2016 Election with Clint Watts was presented on June 26, 2017.  Gun Violence was read via podcast appearance on January 16, 2018 and The Betsy Devos Confirmation Hearing was originally co-Produced with Pace University in the Fall of 2017 at the 700 seat Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC and performed in Washington, DC at Arena Stage in the Fall of 2018. For more information on American Scoreboard’s upcoming readings, sign up on



About American Scoreboard Creators:

Fran Kirmser is a Tony Award winning producer. Fran co-produced the award-winning August Wilson’s Radio Golf, the last play in an epic ten-play cycle by August Wilson, one of our nation’s greatest playwrights. Additional credits include Glenngary Glenn Ross starring Al Pacino, and two Tony Award winning Broadway revivals, Hair (2008-09) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2013-14). In 2008, off the heels of the financial crash, Fran conceived and produced a sports series for stage to explore stories of leadership, competition, and teamwork. The Broadway sports trilogy includes Bronx Bombers, Magic/Bird, and Lombardi, based on the iconic leader and NFL coach Vince Lombardi which is currently being made into a feature film with Legendary Pictures. Fran teaches master classes annually at Columbia University, New York University, Fordham University, and The New School.


Christopher Burney is the Tony nominated Artistic Producer of New York’s Second Stage Theatre where he has worked since 1996. Of the over 100 productions he has shepherded at Second Stage: Tony-winning best musical Dear Evan Hansen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal and Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith. He created Second Stage's Uptown Theatre program which has started the careers of many artists including the playwrights Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale), Rajiv Joseph (Animals Out of Paper), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) and Bess Wohl (American Hero). As an educator, he is on faculty at Columbia University in the graduate theater program. Previously, he worked at Lincoln Center Theater as the Assistant to the Director of Musical Theatre where he worked with leading musical theater writers. He is a graduate of Brandeis University, B.A., and Columbia University, M.F.A.  


Detroit Public Theatre produces nationally recognized plays and programs with world-class writers, directors, actors, and designers in the heart of Detroit’s cultural district.  DPT creates bold relevant work for diverse audiences that illuminates the thrills, joys and challenges of our shared humanity. For more information about Detroit Public Theatre, its productions, or to purchase tickets, visit



Located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, MOCAD’s dynamic visual arts program features special events and lectures, thematic exhibitions, surveys of established artists and new commissions, and introduces emerging artists.


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For American Scoreboard: Fran Kirmser Producer/American Scoreboard 917 637 0506

For Detroit Public Theatre: Monica Cheick, PublicCity PR or 586-612-8220