The End (of the Year) is Nigh! Check out these great shows!

This month is Ray’s recommendations because Maria was away but the shows are bomb as always!

December was a display in black excellence as we have 3 incredible shows helmed by both a black playwright and director. Each has a very unique take on the navigations of blackness in America, all incredibly worth watching.

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WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN @ A.R.T./New York Theater until Dec. 16

Patrick Dorismond. Botham Jean. Sandra Bland. Trayvon Martin. What to Send Up When It Goes down is part ritual, part theatrical vignettes, and part love letter that viscerally explores the black experience in America by honoring the victims of police violence from the past, to uplift all of us in the present, in hopes of paving the way for the future.

Cast:

Alana Raquel Bowers 
Rachel Christopher
Ugo Chukwu
Kambi Gathesha
Naomi Lorrain
Denise Manning
Javon Q. Minter
Beau Thom

Produced by The Movement Theatre Co.
Written by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Whitney White
Set Design - Yu-Hsuan Chen 
Costume Design - Andy Jean 
Lighting Design - Cha See 
Sound Design - Sinan Refik Zafar 
Production Stage Manager - Genevieve Ortiz 
Community Engagement Team - Nissy Aya and Zhailon Levingston

 
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SLAVE PLAY @ New York Theatre Workshop until Dec. 30

Three black/white interracial couples engage in an antebellum themed sexual role play. As the couples unpack their experiences, their unconscious desires and racist baggage begin to unravel itself. What does it mean to be conscious of one’s own fetish when said fetish is completely normalized?

Cast:

Ato Blankson-Wood - Gary
James Cusati-Moyer - Dustin
Sullivan Jones - Phillip
Chalia La Tour - Teá
Irene Sofia Lucio - Patricia
Annie McNamara - Alana
Paul Alexander Nolan - Jim
Teyonah Parris - Kaneisha

Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
Written by Jeremy O. Harris
Directed by Robert O’Hara
Scenic Design - Clint Ramos 
Costume Design - Dede Ayite 
Lighting Design - Jiyoun Chang 
Sound Design - Lindsay Jones 
Properties - Noah Mease 
Movement - Byron Easley 
Intimacy & Fight Director - Claire Warden 
Dramaturg - Amauta Marston-Firmino 
Dialect Coach - Dawn-Elin Fraser 
Stage Manager - Jhanaë K-C Bonnick

 
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FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE @ Signature Theatre until Jan. 6

Undine is a famous, successful, and very rich CEO of a PR firm. She has a gorgeous Argentinian husband and the world at her fingertips. That is until she finds out that her gorgeous Argentinian husband embezzled all of her money leaving her dead broke. Returning to her humble roots of the Walt Whitman projects in Brooklyn with her family, she gets herself in a slew of wacky, quirky, and absurd situations that make her reflect on all she has lost in her pursuit of fortune. Can she reclaim the humanity she, herself, willingly threw away?

Cast:

Mayaa Boateng - Stephie/Devora/others
Cherise Boothe - Undine
Marcus Callender - Flow/Dealer/others
J. Bernard Calloway - Father/others
Dashiell Eaves - Accountant/Addict 1/others
Ian Lassiter - Hervé/Guy/others
Nikiya Mathis - Mother/others
Heather Alicia Simms - Grandma/others

Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Lilieana Blain-Cruz
Scenic Design - Adam Rigg
Costume Design - Montana Levi Blanco
Lighting Design - Yi Zhao
Sound Design - Palmer Hefferan
Production Stage Manager - Terri K. Kohler