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Season 2018 -2019
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65TH SEASON 2018-2019
***All about favorites***
Conceived and Directed by Randolph Smith
“Luther” is a musical journey on the life of Luther Vandross. It covers the ups and downs of his musical career and his life. Learn about his family relationships and about his friends who sang with him. This is a very exciting show with glamour and starkness.
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by David D. Mitchell
October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2018
“A Raisin in the Sun” portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. When the play opens, the Youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. This money comes from the deceased Mr. Younger’s life insurance policy. Which is more important, the money or the family dreams? This compelling drama deals with where we are going and how far we have come. Leading the Youngers into unknown territories that will test them as a family.
TAMBOURINES TO GLORY
By Langston Hughes
Directed by Alexis Skinner
November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2018
“Tambourines to Glory” is a gospel play with music by Langston Hughes. It tells the story of two female street preachers who open a storefront church in Harlem. The play premiered on Broadway in 1963. It is the story of the stolid, kind Essie Belle Johnson and the lusty, flamboyant Laura Reed, two middle-aged women, on home relief (welfare), are neighbors in a low-rent apartment building in 1940s Harlem. They strike upon the idea of founding a church. Actually, it’s Laura’s idea, whose motives are not exactly pure: Love of “men, wine, and something fine”–and thoughts of tambourines heaped with coins—inspire her: “This religious jive is something we can collect on,” she tells Essie .” These conflicted motives drive the plot full of gospel music, jazzy atmosphere and comedic moments.
YOUTHEATRE HOLIDAY SEASON PRODUCTION
December 14, 15, 17, 2018
THE BUTLER DID IT
By Tim Kelly
Directed by Aaron Androh
January 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2019
This comedy parodies every English mystery play ever written with a decidedly American flair. When they’re not busy tripping over clues, they trip over each other! Laughs collide with thrills, and the climax is a real seat-grabber as the true killer is unmasked, and almost everyone turns out to be someone else!
(gospel sermons and music)
By James Weldon Johnson
Directed by Kwame Bey
February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 2019
James Weldon Johnson traces the growth of preaching styles from the pastoral Creation to the fire and brimstone of Judgement Day. These spirited series of sermons, styled from the late 19th century to the 20th century are powerfully matched with powerful gospel and spiritual songs.
By Pearl Cleage
Directed by Rosiland Cauthen
March 8,9,10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 2019
Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West is the story of a small group of African-American women whose lives changed when the West was opened up for people willing to settle in a harsh and untested region.The story of people facing problems ranging from the inevitability of long, cold winters, to the possibility of domestic violence, to the continuing spectra of racial conflict. The women proved just how strong they can be, with memories going back to recent slavery.
HAVING OUR SAY:
THE DELANY SISTERS’ FIRST 100 YEARS
By Emily Mann
Directed by Randolph Smith
April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2019
Having Our Say is an oral history conducted by Amy Hill Hearth with the centenarian sisters Sadie and Bessie Delany.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by D. Russell Owens
May 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2019
It’s the old story love, murder, insanity and the whole mulligan stew. “To be or not to be THAT is the question”
By Bruce Norris
Directed by David D. Mitchell
May 23, 24, 25, 26, 2019
”Clybourne Park” (2010) is a play by Bruce Norris written as a spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun (1959). It portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play, and is loosely based on historical events that took place in the city of Chicago.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Book and Lyrics By Lynn Ahrens
Music By Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Devron T. Young
” Once On This Island” is based upon the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy. The peasants live on one side of the island, and the grande hommes, lighter-skinned descendants of the original French planters and their slaves, live on the other. One day, Agwe unleashes a terrible storm upon the island, and the Gods save the life of a little orphan named Ti Moune by placing her in a tree. What follows is a musical filled story of love, intrigue and the wonderment of life.
From the Edge
(not part of the subscription)
with JOHN CARRINGTON for the youth
December 28 @ 8pm and December 29 @ 3pm
By Corey Jay Johnson
November 30, 2018, March 29, 30, 31, 2019
Directed by D. Russell Owens
One man show with Curtis McNeil taking place in a N.A. Meeting.
MOMS MABLEY BACK AGAIN
Dates to be Announced
3 new full length plays to be given reading . Audience critique is encourage as to whether the play could possibly be given a full production. The plays are still being chosen. Each play will be given full reader’s production without set or movements. This is a chance for the audience to ask questions about the play and to make suggestions. A different play each night. Check website for updates including titles of plays to be read. These are Studio 801 productions directed by D. Russell Owens. Admission is $5.00
Dates to be announced
3 New plays by
shows are subject to change
Keep looking at the website and the dates will be announced. Hopefully one of these shows will be included in our 66th Season.
All Friday and Saturday shows are at 8pm and Sunday shows are at 4pm.
General Admission is $20.00 for plays with Student/Senior Admission $15.00.
General Admission is $25.00 for musicals with Student /Senior Admission $20.00
Our shows start within 10 minutes of showtime.
All ticket holders must arrive within 10 minutes of showtime.
Lost tickets can not be replaced. Must have tickets to be admitted.
All online purchase holders must have reference number.
Can not hold tickets or seats for late comers.
Latecomers will be seated in available seats only.
All will calls must be paid when ordered.
shows are subject to change.
Check “EVENTS” for comedy, jazz, lectures and other limited special shows. They are constantly changing. It is another entertaining night out.
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