Day of Absence
Oct 5 - Nov 3, 2019
by Douglas Turner Ward
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell and Angelisa Gillyard
It’s another morning in another country fried southern town. As citizens begin to stir, they are forced to deal with a shocking discovery that sends the town topsy turvy. Reclaiming the complexity and depth of the African-American population, Ward’s 1965 script and this imaginative retelling is a comedic and pointed commentary on systemic racism that still bears relevance today. Douglas Turner Ward’s DAY OF ABSENCE caps off an evening of song, dance, and other performative delights that are sure to tickle and titillate the senses.
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Actor and Audiobook Narrator
This show was incredible! It was one of the most engaging and fully realized shows I have seen in a long time. All of the performers were completely captivating and so specific. An all-around stunning show. We all loved it!”
Actor and Producer
Theater Alliance is a beautiful rarity among theaters: a team of artists who cares less about the bottom line, but rather puts its enormous talent and energy into crafting top-notch theater for DC audiences. They are well-loved, and for good reason.
The students and I want to thank you for our BLACK NATIVITY 2016 experience at Theater Alliance. For the majority of the group it was their first time seeing the play and for 6 of the students it was the very first time they had the opportunity to see a live theater performance! We were buzzing about the production for most of the ride back to Charlottesville. Thank you for sharing so generously the gift of a powerful communal experience.
Associate Professor, Cross Cultural Performance - University of Virginia
Thank you for the tickets and the wonderful afternoon. But even more thanks for doing the work you are doing, for staking out a place for the stories you are telling, for filling that theatre and serving a community.”
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