Season 21: Movements

The final season under Producing Artistic Director Raymond O. Caldwell, Theater Alliance’s Season 21 emphasizes movement: both how we move through space and how we change the world.

The upcoming 2023-2024 Season from Theater Alliance will explore movements — both how we move through space and how we change the world. 

Starting small, with the walk home from middle school in the Kennedy Center’s performance run of co-production Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, the season will build with Holly Bass’s Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company, which explores the parameters of freedom from both history and modernity. The third and final production, a remount of Poetry for the People: The June Jordan Experience, will speak to social, political, and philosophical movements as it travels through a regional tour, in addition to a performance run at the Anacostia Playhouse. 

Oct. 14 – 29, 2023
Adapted from the novel by Jason Reynolds by El Chelito and Raymond O. Caldwell 

The award-winning book from best-selling author Jason Reynolds becomes an exciting world premiere in a co-production with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This faithful stage adaptation explores 10 tales of what happens after the dismissal bell rings. This performance run follows a run at the Anacostia Playhouse in September. 

Feb. 29 – March 17, 2024
Created by Holly Bass

Three freedwomen travel through the American south in the 1860s with a medicine show, but unlike other snake oil salesmen of the day, these mysterious women give away their healing potions in an attempt to cure a dangerous disease that threatens to destroy future generations. A devised work of dance theater, The Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company combines vaudeville, sampling culture and time travel to engage the audience in a conversation about what it means to be free and ways we can move towards an equitable and just society.

Adapted from the work of June Jordan by Adrienne Torf and Raymond O. Caldwell
Recipient of the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Adaptation, 2023

Theater Alliance revisits the wildly successful and profoundly needed work from 2021 which shines a light on the life, writing, activism, and creative spirit of June Jordan (July 9, 1936 – June 14, 2002). Through music, poetry, letters, and conversations, this kaleidoscopic work celebrates the legacy of a Black woman whose words still hold resonance today.