ROOST by Lee Edward Colston II

April 24 – May 17, 2020

at Marygrove Theatre
8425 West McNichols, Detroit MI


The story takes place in a seedy bar where all of the elements of a painful past come together. Derek Bird and his sister, Ashley, were orphaned when their mother went to jail for the murder of their father. Now, a decade has past and Derek returns home to find his sister is a successful lawyer who has worked hard to sever all connections from family trauma she doesn’t fully understand. All of that is thrown into turmoil in anticipation of their mother’s release from prison. Derek is forced to confront the forces that tore his life apart and still haunt him to this day. But can they expose the terrible secret behind the father’s death and heal at the same time…

Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

Note: The play deals with mature themes and contains the use of graphic language.


Playwright Lee Edward Colston II, is an actor, playwright, director, acting teacher, and author. His plays include Roost, Solitary, The First Deep Breath, & Alvin’s Will. His play ‘SOLITARY’ was winner of the 2008 Philadelphia Theater Workshop. His play ‘ROOST’ won the 2010 Life Media Award in the Philadelphia Urban Theater Festival & the 2013 Hidden River Arts Award for best new play. He is a playwriting fellow as apart of The National Black Theatre’s 2017-2018 ‘I AM SOUL’ fellowship. His play The First Deep Breath was selected for the 2018 Victory Gardens IGNITION Festival of new American plays. The First Deep Breath’s World Premiere was produced by Victory Garden Theatre during December 2019.



Jon Kent Etherigde II
Derek Byrd

Edward Gaines
Chance Happening

Nicole Marie Hunt
Ashley Byrd

Madelyn Porter
Gloria Byrd

T. Pharaoh Muhammad
Ray Crawford

Scott Norman
Eddie Wilson

Plowshares Theatre Company

Phone: 313.744.3181
Venue: Marygrove College Theatre
Address: Marygrove College Theatre, 8425 West McNichols Road Detroit, MI 48221