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Seven Guitars
By August Wilson
Directed by Eileen J. Morris


September 19–October 18, 2009

Previews: 9/19, 9/20, 9/23
Opening Night:
9/24

PG

Seven Guitars represents the 1940s entry in Wilson’s 20th century cycle, a decade-by-decade anthology of the African American experience. Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton’s recorded song, “That’s All Right,” became a radio hit. After a year of trials and tribulations, Floyd is ready to right the past year’s wrongs and return to Chicago with a new understanding of what’s important in his life. 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.

 

Christmas with Great Aunt
By Thomas Meloncon
Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris
Musical Direction by Carlton Leake


November 21–December 27, 2009

Previews: 11/21, 11/22, 11/25
Opening Night:
11/27

G/Musical

The proud farmers of Bethlehem, Texas may have lost their 150-year-old church in a fire, but they are determined to uphold the tradition of having their annual Christmas play, an event filled with history, song, messages of self-determination and reverence for the coming of the Messiah. While visiting their great aunt in Bethlehem, the Gilliam family experiences an awakening that tests their faith and irrevocably changes their view of Christmas. This contemporary gospel play celebrates family and is infused with traditional and non-traditional music.

 

American Menu
By Don Wilson Glenn
Directed by Eileen J. Morris


January 30–February 28, 2010

Previews: 1/30, 1/31, 2/3
Opening Night:
2/4

PG/Regional Premiere

It’s May 1968, shortly after the murder of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a month before the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Five Black kitchen workers at a segregated lunch counter are forced to engage in painful self-examination brought about by the senseless death of a young boy. Through passionate conversations, these women face the realities of life on the cusp of change. Jammed in a hot, airless room they must battle prejudice, poverty, ignorance and each other as they search for inspiration.

Interview with American Menu playwright Don Wilson Glenn

 

Stick Fly
By Lydia Diamond
Directed by Eileen J. Morris


April 3–May 2, 2010

Previews: 4/3, 4/4, 4/7
Opening Night:
4/8

R/Adult Language

The LeVays, an affluent African American family, gather in their vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard. Dr. LeVay, a respected neurosurgeon and hopeless philanderer, has two sons: one that has followed in his footsteps, and the other, who is a struggling novelist. Each son brings along his girlfriend to meet the family for the first time, resulting in confrontations about race, the economy and politics. The family ties rapidly unravel as tensions rise when secrets are revealed. Through lively exchanges and simmering wit, they tackle the challenges of family life and the changing world around them.

Five Guys Named Moe
Book by Clarke Peters
Music and Lyrics by Louis Jordan
Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris
Musical Direction by Carlton Leake


June 19–July 25, 2010
Extended Dates: July 29 - July 31, 2010

Previews: 6/19, 6/20, 6/23
Opening Night:
6/24

PG/Musical

His woman has left him, he’s flat broke, and it’s almost five o’clock in the morning. Suddenly Nomax finds Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe emerging from his 1930s style radio to comfort, cajole, wheedle and jazz him with the hit songs of songwriter and saxophonist, Louis Jordan, one of the most revered talents of the 20th century. With more than 50 top 10 singles and instantly recognizable classics such as “Early in the Morning,” “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” and “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby,” this great composer brought a popular new slant to jazz that paved the way for the rock-and-roll of the 1950s.