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Karamu House presents ‘Ceremonies in Dark Old Men’

Two old men share a sheltered existence in a run down barber shop.
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Karamu House will be presenting the award winning play “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” By Lonne Elder III. The Play will run from January 31 through February 23, 2014 in the Arena Theatre.

About The Play

Mr. Russel B. Parker owns a barbershop on 126th Street in Harlem. With the economy being what it is the shop is losing money on a regular basis. Russel is kept in the shop by his daughter Adele who works and is able to provide for the entire family. He has two sons, Bobby and Theo, who are headed for a life of crime. A regular visitor to the shop is Mr. William Jenkins (the other “dark old man) who uses the shop as a refuge against the world. William spends his days trading insults and making dares with Parker while they wile away the hours playing checkers which is part of their daily ceremony. The barbershop is a haven for the two where they are insulated from the world which has failed them in providing a living in a racist culture.

The talented cast consists of Peter Lawson Jones as Mr. Russel B. Parker the barbershop owner, Katrice Monee Headd as his daughter, Adele, LaShawn Lawrence as his son Bobby, Prophet Seay as his son Theopolis; Kenny Parker as a Harlem Crime Boss, Cornel Calhoun III as Mr. Jenkins the barbershop customer and Cristal Christian as a Young Girl. Come see some of your most familiar actors as you have never seen them perform in this dramatic play. Order your tickets now!

Preview night for Ceremonies in Dark Old Men is Thursday, January 30th at 7:30 pm. Regular Performance times for Ceremonies in Dark Old Men are 8:00 p.m.; Thursday to Saturdays and at Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $25.00

Tickets can be purchased on line by going to or via phone by calling our Box Office at 216-795-7077. Discounts may not be combined with other special rates. Please contact the box office to receive group rates information and date availability. Master card and Visa are accepted for payments.

Karamu House Inc. is generously funded by Cuyahoga County Residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Community Sponsors, the Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Ohio Arts Council and Educational Sponsor The Ohio Lottery.

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