Learn about Arena Players' 2012-2013 season.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR STRONG SUPPORT OF OUR 59TH SEASON
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HELLO 60TH SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 13,14,15 20,21,22 27,28,29, October 4,5,6
Langston Hughes’ Musical Play
TAMBOURINES TO GLORY
Tambourines to Glory paints a picture of the African American church experience in the early 1960’s Harlem. In a time when store front churches dotted the inner-city landscape, two women find opening a church a means to rise above their dreary stations in life. Essie and Laura, with the help of a charming devil by the name of Buddy Lomax, and some trusting souls find redemption in their own ways. The music and mood of this production will have you singing along and clapping your hands as you join in the fun and sorrow of the Reed Sisters at Tambourines Temple. Carolyn White – Director CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
OCTOBER 18,19,20 25,26,27 NOVEMBER 1,2,3
EAST TEXAS HOT LINKS
By Eugene Lee
Summer of 1955, in piney woods East, Texas where local men wander into Charlesetta’s Top o’ the Hill Café almost every night for solace, comfort and companionship. The Klan is active and young black men are disappearing or turning up dead. A betrayal changes the lives of all and life at Top o’ the Hill Cafe is changed forever. Why is this betrayal done and who did it? An intense look at a tragedy. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
D. Russell Owens and D. Carter – Directors
November 15,16,17 22,23,24
THE FALL OF HEAVEN
By Walter Mosley
A play about the perception of Good verses Evil based on “The Tempest Tales”. Temptest a ne’ar do-well, from Harlem, is minding his own business, when he is felled by 17 police bullets. His MP3 player is mistaken for a gun. Mr. mosley takes a pedestrian black male character and puts him at the nexus of these questions of good, evil and the meaning of life. A drama straight from today’s headlines. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS. Kwame Kenyatta Bey – Director
NOVEMBER 29,30, DECEMBER 1,6,7,8
WAITING TO BE INVITED
By S.M. Shephard-Massat
This play is a compelling study of the courage of four African-American women. Three women work in a doll factory and the fourth is a minister’s wife. They are going to have afternoon tea at a here to fore segregated store lunch counter. They are invited guest of no one. The play explores the relationships between the women at a certain time in their lives. An inspirational play about the strength and spirit of these four women. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS. Amini Johari Courts – Director
!!!Start the Holiday with this Christmas Classic!!!
SCROOGE: THE MUSICAL
Based on the classic Dicken’s story, A Christmas Carol, this musical, with all of the favorite characters Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the 3 Ghosts and of course Scrooge himself convey the meaning of Christmas. This is a Youtheatre Production.
By James Weldon Johnson
GOD’S TROMBONES is the presentation of seven Negro sermons patterned after traditional African-American religious oratory, from an invocation to the prophetic story of the Apocalypse, with gospel and spiritual music. Come, see, hear, and by all means, join in from The Creation to The Crucifixion and finally to The Judgment Day. D. Russell Owens - Director
Dramatic presentations of Blacks who should never be forgotten. This is a look at everyone from our sports figures to our scientist and great thinkers. This very informative production is a great Black History Month presentation. Randolph Smith – Director
March 14,15,16 21,22,23 28,29,30
By August Wilson
SEVEN GUITARS is a 1995 play that focuses on seven African-American characters in the year 1948. The play begins and ends after the funeral of one of the main characters, showing events leading to the funeral in flashbacks. SEVEN GUITARS represents the 1940 entry in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle showing African-American life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the twentieth century: The play’s recurring theme is the African-American male’s fight for his own humanity, self-understanding and self-acceptance in the face of personal and societal ills. David D. Mitchell – Director
April 11,12,13 18,19,20 25,26,27 May 2,3,4
IT HAPPENED ON THE AVENUE
Another comedy from our playwright in residence. Once more it deals with church activities. The choir is preparing for a concert, the church burning down and meetings and rehearsals are being held in bars and clubs on Pennsylvania Avenue. Several choir members and the Mother of the church are arrested, and the pastor’s daughter is tied up and gagged. Come see how this unfolds. Robert Russell – Director
May 16,17,18 23,24,25 30,31 June 1,6,7,8
This play covers the career of Mahalia Jackson and her journey. There is much about her life that will be new to you. This play is filled with spirituals and great God given sense. Randolph Smith – Director
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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