Saturday, November 1, 2014

press release - Black Theatre Troupe presents TOMMY J & SALLY

Black Theatre Troupe presents TOMMY J & SALLY 
November 28 through December 14

A passionate debate about race relations is laid bare in the compelling drama TOMMY J AND SALLY, by Mark Medoff and presented by Black Theatre Troupe November 28 through December 14, 2014. 

Janet Arnold (founder of Az Jewish Theater Co.) directs this powerful two person production starring Roosevelt Watts and Sarah Chapman.

A young African-American man, Tommy J forces his way into the Manhattan loft of Sally Hemmings, a famous white pop singer whose latest anthem is about racial harmony. He insists that her real name is Madeline Rosenberg, a girl shaped by her Jewish culture, who’s since reinvented herself, taking on the name of Thomas Jefferson’s black slave-mistress. He also claims that, as a teen in Phoenix, he was taken in by the Rosenberg family and watched her fledgling attempts at songwriting. An intense examination and study about black/white relations from both sides of the color line.

Mark Medoff is an American playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre director, actor, and professor. His play Children of a Lesser God won both a Tony and Olivier Award and garnered nominations for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay. He has been a professor at New Mexico State for more than 30 years and is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Medallion for Excellence in Education and Artistic Achievement

Rundates: November 28 through December 14, 2014.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sunday matinées at 3 p.m.
Saturday matinées December 6, 13 at 2pm
Weekday matinee: Thursday, December 4 at 2pm

Regular Ticket prices are $35. OR money-saving flex passes also available!I’d
For details and tickets, call the box office at 602-258-8129 or purchase online at: www.blacktheatretroupe.org. The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center is located in downtown Phoenix at 1333 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034

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