Friday, July 8, 2016
Black Theatre Troupe's 2016 / 2017 Season
by Joel Drake Johnson
October 7 – 23, 2016
This tense workplace thriller examines the realities of a so-called “post-racial” society when two co-workers—one black, the other white—are driven apart by the actions of an insensitive employer. The racially charged atmosphere thickens fast and spins wildly out of control as they both examine race, power and friendship. Rasheeda Speaking is an incisive and shocking dark comedy that blends painfully awkward workplace humor with intense racial tension.
by Langston Hughes
December 2 – 18, 2016
Last seasons sold out, legendary holiday event by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, returns to the BTT stage in a stunning new production. Black Nativity is without a doubt a theatrical wonderment. A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. This song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all at a very special time of the year.
by Nathan Louis Jackson
February 10-26, 2017
The King family has weathered life’s hardships, surviving with their love for each other intact. William King lives in the house his two sons grew up in. He’s alone, but he maintains his allegiance with their mother in his own private way. As illness takes its toll on his body, the brothers are called home to take care of him and immediately find themselves at a crossroads. The older son having escaped the poverty and their neighborhood has just finished grad school but returns to town to help take care of his father. The younger brother has remained at home but now must face the reality of his dead-end restaurant job. Broke-ology is a moving exploration of how time and circumstance — and the hard fact of poverty — can diminish hope, divide loving siblings and threaten to extinguish life itself.
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS
April 5 – 23, 2016
Book by David Thompson; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Set in 1933 the legend of the Scottsboro Boys has been realized as a poignant and powerful musical. The Black Theatre Troupe and Phoenix Theatre join forces to present this powerful story of racial injustice that even today demands that its voice be heard.
Before the Central Park Five, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and The Black Panther’s, Geronimo Pratt there were the Scottsboro Boys.
No other crime in American history – let alone a crime that never occurred – is seen as the landmark set of legal cases stemming from racism that set legal precedent for every citizen to have the right to a fair trial-a fitting and enduring legacy for these nine young Black men. Nine lives that mattered.
This season Black Theatre Troupe is offering their subscribers three easy Flex Packages:
4 Plays for only $100 (save 29% off regular ticket prices)
3 Plays for $87 (save 17%)
2 Plays for $60 (save 15%)
Flex Packages allow you to see multiple shows, and pick your dates! It’s the perfect way to enjoy BTT’s new season of 4 dynamic shows that promise to deliver passionate moments and inspire vivid feelings! Productions will be performed in downtown Phoenix at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, home of the Black Theatre Troupe, and at the Hormel Theatre on the Phoenix Theatre Campus.
Season subscriptions may be purchased online starting July 11, 2016.
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