Conceived and Directed
by Randolph Smith
September 17,18,19, 24, 25, 26, October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 2021
The first JUKEBOX, in the United States, dates back to the 1940’s. It is a flash from the past, a time when you could go to the club or bar and put a coin in the slot to hear your favorite songs. Songs that made you laugh, cry, get up on your feet to dance or just sway to the music. You might even pick up your date for the night or forever! Come hear songs from the past to present, reminisce and enjoy JUKEBOX.
CHRISTMAS IS COMIN' UPTOWN
by Phillip Rose, Peter Udell, Charles Dickens, Garry Sherman
Directed by Tamba Giles
November 26, 27, 28, December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 2021
The musical update of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol recasts Scrooge as a contemporary Harlem slumlord. Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose an apartment house, a recreation center and a church when his late partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds. He comes upon his own grave after watching Tiny Tim's burial procession and he's reformed. Plenty of music and dance.
December 17, 18, 19, 2021
HAPPY ENDING and DAY OF ABSENCE
TWO ONE ACTS
by Douglas Turner Ward
January 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2022
Directed by Isaiah Evans
Happy Ending is a winner of the coveted Vernon Rice and Obie Awards. A long-run Off-Broadway hit filled with sharp, satiric thrusts, the play reports hilariously on the plight of two black domestics whose white employers are on the verge of divorce thereby threatening a cutoff in the household graft which has brought considerable luxury to their lives. You will see "Laughter is a powerful weapon".
DAY OF ABSENCE
Directed by Marc Stevens
DAY OF ABSENCE is a satire about an imaginary Southern town where all the black people have suddenly disappeared. The only ones left are sick and lying in hospital beds, refusing to get well. Infants are crying because they are being tended to by strange parents. The Mayor pleads for the President, Governor, and the NAACP to send him "a jackpot of jigaboos". On a nationwide radio network he calls on the blacks, wherever they are, to come back. What happens next is hilarious but the suggestion is strong that things will never quite be the same again.