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Season 2018 -2019


65TH  SEASON 2018-2019

All about favorites



Conceived and Directed by Randolph Smith

September 7,8,9,14,15,16,21,22,23,28,29,30,2018

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.





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

(Gospel Drama)

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.



December 14, 15, 17, 2018




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 Kenyatta 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.





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




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




Studio 801 presents

From the Edge (not part of the subscription)


MAGIC  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.






Dates to be announced


 Readers’ Theatre

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

Readers’ Theatre

Dates to be announced

3 New plays by

John Mayden

D Carter

And  one more.

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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