The 2016/17 Season
The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City concluded a successful inaugural season in the spring of 2017. The season included:
Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, James Brown, and others, Dreamgirls follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago called “The Dreams”.
The African Company Presents Richard III
In 1821, forty years before Lincoln ended slavery and fifty years before black Americans earned the right to vote, the first black theatrical group in the country, The African Company of New York, was putting on plays in a downtown Manhattan theatre to which black and white audiences flocked.
Adept at capturing the experience of the upper-middle-class African-American, Diamond lays out two families’ worth of secrets in this precise play. With only six characters, she constructs a vivid weekend of crossed pasts and uncertain but optimistic futures.
On Martha’s Vineyard, an affluent African-American family gathers in their vacation home, joined by the housekeeper’s daughter, who is filling in for her mother. The family patriarch is a philandering physician; one of his sons has followed in his footsteps, while the other, after numerous false starts in a variety of careers, is a struggling novelist. Both bring along their current girlfriends to meet the family for the first time.
With such highly – perhaps over – educated vacationers, the conversation and the barbs fly, on subjects ranging from race to economics to politics. But there is also more than enough human drama, which reaches its climax when an old family secret comes out.
Through lively exchanges and simmering wit, the family tackles a history filled with complications both within the family and in the outer world.
Five Guys Named Moe
Five Guys Named Moe is a musical with a book by Clarke Peters and lyrics and music by Louis Jordan and others. The musical is based on an earlier musical short of the same name by Louis Jordan from 1943.
Nomax, whose girlfriend has left him and who is without money, finds Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe emerging from his 1930s-style radio to comfort him. They sing the hit songs of songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordan, whose new slant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.