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Lotto: Experience the Dream
By Cliff Roquemore
Adapted By Bryan Roquemore
Directed By Eileen J. Morris

September 29– October 23, 2011

Previews: 9/24, 9/25, 9/28
Opening Night:

PG/ Comedy

A middle-aged water department worker in Los Angeles wins $99 million in the lottery with numbers that came to his sister in a dream.  Craziness ensues as he discovers just how quickly his new found wealth not only changes him, but his family and friends, too. Luckily, his wife remains level headed and ultimately saves them from their own follies.


By the African American Shakespear Compnay
Music, Lyrics & Musical Direction by
Carlton Leake
Directed & Choreographed by
Patdro Harris

November 17 - December 20, 2011

Previews: 11/12, 11/13, 11/16
Opening Night:

General Audiences/ Musical

Back by popular demand! The classical tale of Cinderella comes alive in this fresh interpretation filled with memorable music. This whimsical story mixes beauty and elegance with the hilarity of evil Stepsisters and, of course, a hip Fairy Godmother with a little ‘diva-tude’ who makes the magic happen at the Christmas Ball. An imaginary and dazzling winter tale that can be enjoyed by the entire family!



The Ballad of Emmett Till
By Ifa Bayeza
Directed by
Elizabeth Van Dyke

February 2 – February 26, 2012

Previews: 1/28, 1/29, 2/1
Opening Night:

PG/ Drama

Winner of the 2009 Edgar Award, presented by Mystery Writers of America, The Ballad of Emmett Till is told through contemporary prose with the infusion of jazz.  A month after his fourteenth birthday, this confident youth from Chicago, a boy on the threshold of manhood, embarks on a summer trip to Mississippi. His pursuit of happiness and liberty are pierced with the poignancy of life. The 1955 lynching of Emmett Till fell on the cusp of a saga that changed the course of the nation.


Cuttin' Up
By Charles Randolph Wright Directed by Eileen J. Morris
March 22– April 15, 2012

Previews: 3/17, 3/18, 3/21 Opening Night: 3/22


Cuttin' Up is an exploration of the African American barbershop trimmed with a series of thought-provoking and funny anecdotes, memories and music into a living oral history covering 60 years. Andre, a second generation barber decides he’s had enough of the “one horse town” he grew up in and hits the road for greener pastures. His journey ends in Cleveland, Ohio, where he works for Howard, a long-time barber and shop owner who sees the shop as a communal ground of life and living.

King Hedley II
By August Wilson
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

May 10– June 3, 2012

Previews: 5/5, 5/6, 5/9
Opening Night:

R/Drama/Adult Language

King Hedley II tells the story of a young man striving to make a difference in his world and those around him by planting seeds – seeds that will bring beauty to his environment and seeds that will ensure that his legacy can be carried on. Set in 1985, King Hedley II follows the characters created by August Wilson in Seven Guitars. A poignant story of hope and forgiveness of the common man who bears both physical and emotional scars, yet still dreams.


By Javon Johnson
Musical Direction by
Carlton Leake
Directed & Choreographed by Patdro Harris

June 28–July 29, 2012

Previews: 6/23, 6/24, 6/27
Opening Night:

General Audiences/Musical

This hilarious gospel comedy opens a window to the African American church, gospel music, and the congregations that sustain it. East Piney Grove Church (standing on its traditions …and its last legs) is faced with the challenge of working together in their last-ditch effort for a successful revival. Their newly appointed Pastor, in desperation, enlists the help of his cousin and selfproclaimed gospel D-I-V-A, but the church elders won’t stand for it.