2023-24 Season 21

Poetry for the People: The June Jordan Experience (2024)

Devised by Raymond O. Caldwell and Adrienne Torf, featuring the work of June Jordan

Featuring music by Adrienne Torf, with selections by John Adams and Sweet Honey in the Rock

Originally produced by Theater Alliance and IN Series in 2022

May 31 - June 23, 2024

The Helen Hayes Award-winning show from 2022 is back . . . this time, traveling to different venues throughout DC.

One of the most widely-published and highly-acclaimed writers of her generation, poet, playwright, and essayist June Jordan was known for her fierce commitment to human rights and political activism. A contemporary of Alice Walker and Adrienne Rich, Jordan “spent her life stitching together the personal and political so the seams didn’t show.” With June Jordan’s own words as the core, Poetry for the People brings together words, music, post-it notes, and the many other media that tell the story of a life well-lived.

SOUTHEAST – May 31 – June  2: Anacostia Arts Center
NORTHEAST – June 6 – 9: Dance Place 
SOUTHWEST – June 13 – 16: Culture House
NORTHWEST – June 20 – 23: Dupont Underground


Sophia Early, Ezinne Elele, Natalia Fyfe, Ixchel Hernandez, Shana Oshiro, Llogan Paige, and Adrienne Torf

Creative Team

Director                                      Raymond O. Caldwell 
Assistant Director/Swing                 Lisa Danielle Buch
Scenic Design                              Jonathan Dahm Robertson
Lights & Media Design                   Hailey LaRoe
Sound Design                              Brandon Cook
Costume Design                           Brandee Mathies 
Production Stage Manager              Jared Shamberger
Production Manager                       Dominique Douglas Hendricks

Performing in a neighborhood near you
throughout the month of June.

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The Radical Neighboring Initiative

As always, Theater Alliance reserves at least 10 tickets per performance as Name Your Own Price. Although we no longer have a permanent home in Anacostia, we hope our former geographic neighbors always feel welcome and celebrated, no matter where we perform. 

Theater Alliance is bringing Poetry For The People TO the People in every quadrant of DC and it feels so right! We can’t wait to meet you in your community at these exciting new venues. Theater Alliance is making vital and vibrant theater for all of DC and in June’s own words . . . .
Are You Ready?

Shanara Gabrielle, Producing Artistic Director