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Season 2017 -2018
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TWIST AND TURNS
Season 64 2017 – 2018
Conceived and Directed by Randolph Smith
September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, October 1, 6, 7, 2017
A musical about the ups and downs of Teddy Pendergrass’ personal and career life. Its talks about the car accident and being a quadriplegic. The struggle to defeat the odds and perform again.
By Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Rosiland Cauthen
October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2017
YELLOWMAN is a muti-character memory play about an African-American woman who dreams of life beyond the confines of her smalltown Southern upbringing and the light-skinned man whose fate is tragically interwined with hers.
THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Directed by Carolyn S. White
November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 2017
Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives. The action in this rollicking Southern comedy takes place in SPA-DEE-DAH!, the abandoned church-turned- day-spa where this group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon to make changes in their lives and achieve their dreams.
PRAISE THE LORD
AND RAISE THE ROOF
(A GOSPEL COMEDY)
By Celeste Bedford Walker
Directed by D. Russell Owens
March 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, April 1, 2018
The play is a light-hearted comedy. The set is a church and the head pastor seeks to find out if the leadership of the church is really ready to accept change. Scenarios associated with the leadership’s attitudes and actions regarding theft, race and one’s sexuality surface.
By Katori Hall
Directed by David D. Mitchell
April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2018
HOODOO LOVE is a tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets. Toulou escapes from the Mississippi cotton fields in the 1930s to pursue her dream of singing the blues in Memphis. When she meets a rambling blues man, the notorious Ace of Spades, her dreams are realized in a way she could never have imagined. Written in vivid language that captures the blues.
Written and Directed by Robert Russell
May 11,12,13,18,19,20,25,26,27, 2018
Granny loves to read mysteries and often falls asleep as she reads. There is a locked room in her home. What ‘s in there? Later, her nephew delivers (3) three large trunks. What’s in them? To top it off, two of her sorority sisters and a pledgee are missing, and a mysterious letter covered in cobwebs is found. What’s in the letter? Granny ends up shooting herself in the foot… What’s really happening? It’s a mystery, comedy like none other.
The FATS WALLER Musical Show
(a sassy, sultry musical revue)
Directed by Devron T. Young
June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, July 1, 2018
The show brings to life the whole world that Fats Waller lived in and largely represented: Harlem in the 30s – the Golden Age of places like The Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom, the honky-tonk dives along Lenox Avenue, of rent parties, of stride piano players and the new beat, swing.
shows are subject to change.
2 Readers’ Theater performances and a one man show dealing with recovery to be announce during the season. They are not part of the subscription season and is being presented by Studio 801. Keep looking at the website and the dates will be announced. Hopefully one of these shows will be included in our 65th Season.
2 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. The readings will take place over the weekend of January 8th, 9th and 10th, 2016. 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 and David D. Mitchell. These are included in subscriptions, otherwise admission is $5.00.
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.
Check “EVENTS” for comedy, jazz, lectures and other limited special shows. They are constantly changing. It is another entertaining night out.
(SHOWS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
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