Drama and Dance Events
Welcome to our 2014-2015 Season
All Performances will take place in the John D. Rockefeller Fine Arts Building, Baldwin Burroughs Auditorium unless otherwise noted.
All performances are free and open to the general public.
September 13 and 14, 2014
Doxology Ring Shout: A Praise Dance for the Doxy
Written by Paul Carter Harrison
Choreography by Dianne McIntyre
An NBAF commission and world premiere in partnership with Spelman College, "Doxology"
draws back the curtain on the ecstatic, transcendent ring shout tradition through a rich blend of dance, visual imagery, and music. Created by legendary choreographer Dianne McIntyre and esteemed playwright Paul Carter Harrison, this “dance opera” explores the history of the ritual in a virtualized performance environment constructed by video artist Phillip Mallory Jones and supported by musician Dwight Andrews.
October 2-5, 2014
Shakespeare In the Park
By William Shakespeare Adapted & Directed by Eddie Bradley, Jr.
Theatre returns to the Suites Amphitheater with performances of scenes and monologues from
some of Shakespeare’s greatest works. Featuring Spelman/Morehouse College students and faculty, Shakespeare in the Park, showcases the language and poetry, provocative thought and complex characters present in the plays of one of the world’s greatest dramatists.
October 30-November 2, 2014 Black Box Reading Series
Directed by Marion A. Wright
With scripts-in-hand join us as our actors introduce you to four stimulating plays exploring the ideas of race, gender, love and family. These readings allow the language of the playwright to take center stage. A common practice in play development each evening will include a talkback with the audience and performers.
November 20-23, 2014
Spelman Dance Theatre Fall Concert
Directed by Meredith A. Moore
Returning from their award-winning season, Spelman Dance Theatre will be delivering flawlessly constructed and technically executed soulful works choreographed by Spelman’s celebrated dance faculty and guest artists.
February 19-22, 2015
Songs for ADAEZE: A Cinderella Story
Adapted by Chi Ife Okwumabua
Directed by Jade Lambert-Smith C’98
Songs for ADAEZE (Princess) is a sixty-minute, original musical about an African-American Cinderella that features, dance, music, and storytelling told through song. Songs for ADAEZE is a musical presentation that aims to engage audiences through the use of video and live performance. Nigerian American lyricist and playwright, Chi Ife Okwumabua, brings a new dynamic to a Cinderella story by interweaving sounds from West Africa, Black America, andof the diaspora, giving an African-American Cinderella an authentic voice.
April 2-5, 2015
By Katori Hall
Directed by Keith Arthur Bolden
Written by Katori Hall (the first black woman to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play), Hoodoo Love is set during the Great Depression and tells the story of a young woman who has escaped the Delta cotton fields to pursue her dream of becoming a Blues singer in Memphis.
She falls for a rambling Blues man (Ace of Spades) and whips up a potion of hoodoo magic to win his love. But when her past catches up with her, not even the magic can protect her. A play with blues music about a woman learning to rely on herself, Hoodoo Love is an achingly human folktale in the tradition of Zora Neale Hurston.
April 16-19, 2015
Spelman Dance Theatre Spring Concert
Directed by T. Lang
Spelman Dance Theatre performs original works choreographed by Spelman College’s illustrious dance faculty along with celebrated national choreographers. These works elegantly layer full-bodied dancing with clear visceral intent. By showcasing unique language of movement that creates an abstract narrative surrounding identity, belonging and community, SDT performs works that reinvent and redefine dance in a postmodern framework.