2015-16 Season 13

for colored girls and Word Becomes Flesh

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
by Ntozake Shange
Directed by Deidra Starnes

Word Becomes Flesh
by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Directed by Psalmayene 24

Feb 26 - Mar 26, 2016

Presented in repertory, these two beautifully moving pieces use poetry, music, and movement to explore the struggles, pains, and triumphs of living as Black Americans in the modern world. Audiences are drawn into the female and male experiences in each piece in the hopes of opening a dialogue about race, gender, and self-affirmation.

Cast

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Christa Bennett
Kashayna Johnson
Naomi LaVette
Alina Collins Maldonado
Lolita Marie
Sharisse Taylor
Natalie Tucker

Word Becomes Flesh

Louis E. Davis
Chris Lane
Clayton Pelham, Jr.
Gary L. Perkins III
Justin Weaks

Production Team

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Scenic Design  Ethan Sinnott
Costume Design  Marci Rodgers
Lighting Design  Dan Covey
Sound Design  David Lamont Wilson
Choreography  Sandra L. Holloway

Word Becomes Flesh

Scenic Design  Ethan Sinnott
Costume Design  Marci Rodgers
Lighting Design  William K. D’Eugenio
Sound Design & Original Music  Nick tha 1da
Choreography  Tony Thomas

Lovely Whispers

What They Say

“I have never seen a double bill that comes anywhere near doing what these two paired plays do. I have never before experienced such great theater in the interstice and implicit cohesion between two such singularly powerful works.”

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DC Metro Theater Arts

“Clad with skilled movement and bodily formations that bring the set to life, timely humor and modern day wit, this dual production is history (and herstory) in the making, sharing testimonies of love, life and what it means to have one’s humanity “colored.” Trust me: you want to experience this.”

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MD Theatre Guide

““Word” gives voice to frustrations, but also to dreams. The questioning spirit and synchronized energy of its performance are particularly galvanizing.”

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The Washington Post

2017 Helen Hayes Awards

Winner

  • Outstanding Play: Word Becomes Flesh
  • Director of a Play: Word Becomes Flesh
  • Ensemble in a Play: Word Becomes Flesh
  • Supporting Actor in a Play: Word Becomes Flesh – Justin Weaks
  • Lighting Design: Word Becomes Flesh

Nominee

  • Choreography in a Play: Word Becomes Flesh – Tony Thomas II
  • Supporting Actor in a Play: Word Becomes Flesh – Louis E. Davis
  • Supporting Actor in a Play: Word Becomes Flesh – Clayton Pelham, Jr.
  • Supporting Actor in a Play: Word Becomes Flesh – Gary Perkins III
  • Sound Design: Word Becomes Flesh
  • Supporting Actress in a Play: for colored girls – Kashayna Johnson

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