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2012 -2013 Season
  Ticket Policy: No Refunds, No Exchanges, No Child under 6, Group rates not available for opening night performances or the last week of the run.
 

The Nacirema Society
PG/ Romantic Comedy
By Pearl Cleage
Directed By Eileen J. Morris

Previews: Sept. 22, 23, 2012
Opening Night: Sept 27, 2012
Runs:  Sept. 27 – Oct. 21, 2012

Every year since Emancipation, the Nacirema Society of Montgomery, Alabama introduces six elegant African-American debutants to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility.  This year, at its 100th anniversary, with young love brewing, old flames simmering and national media attention on-hand. . . what would dare to go awry?  Pearl Cleage, award winning playwright of Blues for an Alabama Sky and Flyin’ West, and New York Times best-selling author of Oprah book club selection, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, invites you into this glamorous world where folks still dress for dinner.  A sparkling romantic comedy!


 

Cinderella

G/ Musical

By African American Shakespeare Company,
Directed and Choreographed By Patdro Harris
Original Music, Lyrics, and Musical Direction By Carlton Leake

Previews: Nov. 10, 11, 14, 2012
Opening Night: Nov. 15, 2012
Runs:  Nov. 15 – Dec. 23

This timeless story is back again for everyone to enjoy! The classic tale is given a fresh, vibrant, and soulful makeover, much like our heroine’s, complete with all the gallantry, all the pageantry, and all the charm of the original, but with the added hilarity of evil Stepsisters and, of course, a hip, zany, in-your-face Fairy Godmother who makes the magic happen. This is a romantic and dazzling winter tale for the holidays that can be enjoyed by the entire family!


 

Knock Me A Kiss
PG/ Drama/ Suspense -Recommended for mature audiences.
By Charles Smith
Directed By Chuck Smith

Previews: Jan. 26, 27, 30, 2013
Opening Night: Jan. 31, 2013
Runs:  Jan. 31 – Feb. 24, 2013

Knock Me a Kiss takes place during the 1920s in Harlem. The story follows Yolonda DuBois, a woman torn between two lovers. One is a fast-living musician, Jimmy Lunceford, the other a poet, Countee Cullen, sanctioned by her father, activist W.E.B. DuBois.  This fictional account is inspired by the actual events surrounding the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois' daughter Yolande to one of Harlem's great poets, Countee Cullen. The marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union of Negro talent and beauty. It united the daughter of America's foremost black intellectual, co-founder of the NAACP and publisher of Crisis Magazine, with a poet whose work was considered to be one of the flagships for the New Negro movement. At what personal cost does a leader pay to make life better for so many others when he is blind to those living in his own home?


 

Broke-ology
PG/ Drama - Recommended for mature audiences. Adult language and profanity
By Nathan Louis Jackson
Directed By Eileen J. Morris

Previews: Mar. 17, 18, 20, 2013
Opening Night: March 21, 2013
Runs:  Mar. 21 – Apr. 14, 2013

In accordance with Broke-ology – the science of being broke - the King family has learned to balance sacrifice and let love keep them together. Set in a beleaguered Kansas City neighborhood, two grown brothers try to balance the challenges of their own lives with their desire to care for their ailing father. Even as they remember simpler times, tension builds between the brothers as their conflicting interests churn into a surprising outcome. Broke-ology is a warm and wrenching play about a loving African-American family facing its troubles with humor, resiliency, and grace.        

 

 

Race
PG/ Drama - - Recommended for mature audiences. Adult language and profanity
By David Mamet
Directed By Eileen J. Morris

Previews: May 4, 5, 8, 2013
Opening Night: May 9, 2013
Runs:  May 9 – June 2, 2013

David Mamet wrote about his play in a recent essay comparing Race with sex, and denoting that truth can never be revealed about the two things. A high-profile wealthy white businessman is accused of raping a black woman in a hotel room. He seeks counsel from a law firm that has an African American as a partner. The lawyers give their potential client, who claims the sex was consensual, a reality check on the conspiracies of the American legal system, the media and, most of all, race. But not everything is black and white — or is it?


 

From My Hometown
G/ Musical
Conceived By Lee Summers
Writers: Lee Summers, Ty Stephens, and Herbert Rawlings, Jr.
Directed/Choreographed By Patdro Harris
Music Direction By Carlton Leake

Previews: June 22, 23, 26, 2013
Opening Night: June 27, 2013
Runs: June 27 – July 28, 2013

Three wide-eyed strangers, with empty pockets and big dreams, arrive in The Big Apple from Detroit, Memphis and Philly with one goal in mind – to sing at the world famous Apollo Theater. Teaming up and blending the musical sounds of their hometowns, they form a brotherhood spanning more than a decade. This rags to riches celebration of the American Dream, features Motown and R&B classics including “Chain Gang,” “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” and “Lonely Teardrop.”