DONALD’S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR BLOG

                                                                          WELCOME TO SEASON 64 2017-2018


We need the public support to keep this institution going.  Lets not be the ones saying  “another black historical institution gone”, when we did nothing to keep it alive.  You can’t blame the man for everything.  Most of the time the fate of institutions is really in your hands.  Tickets are available online and group purchases can be gotten by calling 410-728-6500.

WE NEED THE THEATER GOING COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT  OUR PRODUCTIONS AS YOU HAVE FOR THE LAST 63 SEASONS!!!

We thank the BROS (Baltimore Rock Opera Society) for their fabulous production in February of  Constellations and Crossroads.  It was a production that was more than awesome.  Let us not forget Lakis Webber’s production of The Meeting which was also performed here in February.

Welcome to our 64th season.  

We definitely opened with a smashing show.  The musical TEDDY about the one and only Teddy Pendergrass.  Randolph Smith conceived and directed a flawless moving production.  Therm James, Jr. (Younger Teddy) and E. W. Satterfield (Teddy) deliver brilliant performances as Teddy. Grafton Gray is Harold Melvin with all the flaws intact.  He is very tunefully supported by Dominic Gladden, Corey Pack, Aaron Androh  as the Blue Notes.  Wyona Chambers (Mother Ida/Nurse), Monyai Stukes (Karen Stills) and Kathleen Chandler (Mother Ida/Nurse) offered wonderful support.  I really enjoyed this production go together very organically.

In case you miss YELLOWMAN directed by Rosiland Cauthen, I just want you to know that it was super super.  George Bunting and Rosey Young were nothing short of  miraculous in their performances.  These two actors held your attention with the depth and humanity of their characters.  A special BRAVO goes out to Rosiland, George and Rosey.

THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS was just funny.  Everyone had a good time following the twists and turns of Eden Falls.  Carolyn White directed this rollicking Southern comedy with a very talented cast.  Thumbs up to the whole cast.

The audience sang and shouted  during our production of Celeste Bedford Walker’s PRAISE THE LORD AND RAISE THE ROOF.  This was both a creative and financial triumph.  These actors were also singers and dancers.   They took the audience on a life affirming praise worship that was funny, heartfelt and definitely praise worthy.  I want to thank everyone involved.  It was a joy to direct  such a talented cast and crew.

HOODOO LOVE  by Katori Hall is a tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets.  This play directed by David D. Mitchell is full of the blues, conjuring and  spice.  The cast members, IO Browne as Toulou, Quinton Randall as Ace of Spades, Quincy Vicks as Jib and Theresa Terry as Candylady are very effective in casting that spell on you.

 

 

 

 

 

SHOW CANCELLED

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DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, TODAY’S (12/08/2013) PERFORMANCE OF “WAITING TO BE INVITED” IS CANCELLED.  TICKETS FOR TODAY CAN BE USED ON JANUARY 26TH FOR “GOD’S TROMBONES”.  Keep up to date by checking our website or calling 410-728-6500.

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Waiting to be Invited

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This is the last weekend for WAITING TO BE INVITED.  Don’t miss this production.  Tonight, Friday, December 7th audience is great.

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New at Arena Players

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Okay, Arena Players finished Tambourines to Glory, East Texas Hot Links and Fall From Heaven in great style.  We could use some more audience.  This is the last weekend for Waiting to be Invited.  On Friday , December 6th tickets are available.  Plenty of tickets are available. Take advantage of this offer.

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