“Stirring and absorbing. THURGOOD may actually feel like a sweet escape to happier times, every bit as cheering (and a whole lot more edifying) than the giddiest of Broadway musicals. As I left, I found myself misty eyed.” —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“All bio dramas should be as vivid and entertaining as THURGOOD. A story rich in history, humanity and humor.” —Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News
“A superb bravura performance! Compelling and engrossing.” —Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“Riveting and inspiring! This fine production does Thurgood Marshall supreme justice.” —Roma Torre, NY1
“A don’t miss event! As riveting as anything ever seen on the stage.” —Liz Smith, syndicated columnist
“The verdict on THURGOOD: Excellent!” —Elysa Gardner, USA Today
George Stevens, Jr's interest in Thurgood Marshall began with a miniseries he wrote and directed, Separate But Equal, the story of the Brown vs. Board of Education school desegregation case on which Marshall was the lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. THURGOOD is his first play. Stevens is the founder of the American Film Institute and a writer, director, and producer. Motion pictures: The Thin Red Line; George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey; John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums; The Diary of Anne Frank. Television: Separate But Equal (Sidney Poitier , Burt Lancaster), The Murder of Mary Phagan (Jack Lemmon, Peter Gallagher, Kevin Spacey), The Kennedy Center Honors (1978 – 2007), The American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards (1973 – 1998), America's Millennium, D-Day to Berlin. Alfred A. Knopf recently published his book, Conversations With the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age. Awards include eight awards from the Writers Guild of America, two George Foster Peabody Awards, and two Emmys.
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Subtitled “a light and dark skin comedy,” CHIAROSCURO is set on a cruise ship peopled by black singles where “pretty” means light-skinned, and all the men are dark, and Papa Legba, the African trickster spirit, is disguised as a ship steward.
Cast: 7 total (4 female, 3 male) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
Michaela, an African American dean at a major American university, summons Alan, a renowned professor of cultural psychology, in response to student protest over his controversial paper on female initiation rites in sub-Saharan Africa. But dormant feelings from an affair years earlier turn a heated argument over science and cultural pluralism into a knock-down, drag-out fight. Rozin's provocative play shatters the ivory tower of academia, upending questions of privilege and Western morality.
Cast: 3 total (2 female, 1 male) Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
Jacqueeda needs four dollars and sixty cents to go to her mother’s boyfriend’s funeral, and buy him a headstone. She needs to make a detour to the racetrack to earn the rest of the money. She is looking for help from her friend Poppy. Poppy is looking for Jacqueeda, because he has learned from the scriptures that are the New York Post that a local Deacon has won the lottery. This transpires on the street corner where the Deacon’s Lincoln Continental is parked. They try to accomplish their tasks early in the morning while; Canute, a West Indian man, goes about working his many jobs, including caring for Muhammad’s rug, and Sister Berring tries to build a shelter, for someone. This play also has music cascading down onto the street corner, from eight televisions in windows above. The play is a new look at a secularized service about a search for service.
Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
Inspired by the 1973 killing of a ten-year-old boy by New York City police, THE MOJO AND THE SAYSO is both a comic and dramatic study of the ways that people cope with the aftermath of terrible tragedy.
Cast: 4 total (1 female, 3 male) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
THE GULLIVER TRILOGY presents the adventures of its hero, Lemuel Louis Gulliver, Citizen Candidate of the World, an extraordinary everyman, whose picaresque life begins in 1942 on Chicago's great South Side. Among the issues addressed in LEMUEL are racial segregation, quality of education, assassination of American leaders, abuse of political power, and the needs of the poor and oppressed.
Cast: 9 total (4 female, 5 male, multiethnic cast) Full Length Drama (about 110 minutes) Minimal Set Requirements Contemporary Costumes
In NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY a black bartender in New York City attempts to outwit a white mobster syndicate. The play received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Charles Gordone’s Pulitzer signified two firsts: he was the first African American playwright to receive a Pulitzer, and NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY was the first Off-Broadway play to receive the Pulitzer.
Cast: 16 total (5 female, 11 male) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes