Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Ethnic Cultures

African American Repertory Theater announces its 2014-2015 season

See also

The African American Repertory Theater (AART) is pleased to announce its seventh season line up. AART will produce four award-winning main stage productions, including three regional premieres, one of which will be performed at the Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District as part of The Elevator Project. The other three productions will be produced at the KD Studio Theatre. Performances throughout the season are Thurs., Fri. and Sat. evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. matinees at 2:30 p.m.

The performances include:

Gee’s Bend (Aug. 22 – Sept. 7, 2014, previews Aug. 21st) by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder is a regional premiere and will be featured at KD Studio Theatre in Dallas, Texas. This production explores the turbulent history of African-Americans in the Deep South during the 20th century. The heart of the story resides in the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, now famous for the beautiful quilts created by the women that grew up there. Beginning in 1939, we follow Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie’s husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife and the Civil Rights movement. Remarkably, playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder manages to pay homage to the gifted women of Gee's Bend while exploring the resilience of the human spirit, especially as it is expressed in art. Interwoven with gospel music, Gee's Bend is a deeply personal story of family, self-discovery, and artistic expression.

Detroit ’67 (Oct. 31 – Nov. 23, 2014, previews Oct. 30th) by Dominique Morisseau is another regional Premiere and will be featured at KD Studio Theatre in Dallas, Texas. It's 1967 in Detroit, Michigan and Motown music is getting the party started. Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning the basement of their late parent’s home into an after-hours joint. Tensions mount when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives and the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots.

Miss Evers' Boys (Feb. 20 - March 8, 2015, previews Feb. 19th) by David Feldshuh and will be featured at KD Studio Theatre in Dallas, Texas. This production has won the New American Play Award and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Miss Evers' Boys explores the moral, ethical, and medical dilemmas faced by those involved in one of the most notorious medical secrets in American history, the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, performed by the United States government from 1932 to 1972. This powerful drama is a fictional account based on this shocking study. As the story unfolds, Nurse Evers wrestles with her loyalty to the institute's doctors while her band of patients fight to live through the power of music and dance.

Radio Golf (May 22 – June 7, 2015 / previews May 21st) by August Wilson which is a regional premiere. This production will be a part of The Elevator Project at the Wyly Theatre, Dallas Arts District. Harmond Wilks, an Ivy League-educated lawyer with an educated and ambitious wife, plans to redevelop a poverty-stricken section of Pittsburgh with his business partner and friend, Roosevelt Hicks, while preparing for his candidacy to become Pittsburgh’s first black mayor. Plans change when the owner of an old property in the middle of the redevelopment area refuses to give up his home, which has a more significant past than Harmond or Roosevelt could have ever imagined, prompting Harmond to confront the past.

For ticket information please visit, Regina Washington - 972-572-0998 or email art.reptheater@gmail.com.

Advertisement