Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Black Theatre Troupe's 2015 / 2016 Season

From our friends at BTT:

Taste Test 
by Frank Higgins
October 9 – 25

What happens when a “tell-it-like-it-is” African-American woman thinks she can be the next Angela Davis by working from the inside? She struggles to stay true to herself while working for a wild tiger of an aging leader who has spent her life hiding her Jewishness and who is determined to shock the world and show she’s still a genius. A cut-to-the-heart study of the age-old question: “Who am I?”


Black Nativity 
by Langston Hughes
December 4 -20

By popular demand, this 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.


Looking Over the President's Shoulder 
by James Still
February 5 - 21

Based on the real-life story of Alonzo Fields, who is forced to give up his dreams of becoming an opera singer and accept a job at the White House where he quickly was appointed Chief Butler.

Looking Over the President’s Shoulder is tour-de-force for one actor to recount history from the unique perspective of Alonzo Fields, who served four U.S. presidents and their families as well as their famous guests through the years, which included Winston Churchill, Marian Anderson, Errol Flynn and the king and queen of England.


Black Pearl Sings 
by Frank Higgins
April 8 – 24

Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration, a white researcher named Susannah, travels the South looking for original songs from the slave era. She finds herself in workhouses and prisons where black women toil. On a rural Texas prison farm she meets “the Pearl” and is spellbound by her beautiful voice and her unbreakable spirit.

Susannah records Pearl and sends the songs to the Library of Congress where she is immediately acclaimed as “an authentic doorway to the past.” The two women set out on a journey to find their way out from the shadows of both their pasts and leads them to the bright lights of New York City, where Pearl takes her place as the last of the authentic black songstresses from the South.


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