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NCCU Theatre 2019-2020 Season

2019-2020 SEASON

North Carolina Central Department of Theatre proudly announces its 2019-2020 season - A Season of Unsung History.  It's factual! It's classical! It's commemorative! It's celebratory!

The season opens with a remounting of A Need Fulfilled, written and directed by NCCU's Theatre Professor, Arthur Reese with NCCU's Music Professor Roberta Law serving as the musical director. The play captures the untold story of brave black women who fought for the right to serve their country as nurses in World War II.  Filled with music and media, the play chronicles the experiences of these faithful women from the jungles of Burma to their return to the US. The play remounts for a film recording with Lehman College and Bronxnet TV network in New York.

The momentum continues to rise with the renown play Best of Enemies, directed by Dr. Asabi (Stephanie Howard) and featuring NCCU students Zora Umeadi, Erik Dilauro, Antwan Hawkins and Keyanna Alexander (NCCU Theatre Alumnus).  On the heels of the movie of the same title, the drama, by Mark St. Germain, based on the novel by Osha Gray Davidson, both powerfully and gently showcase the 1971 relationship and activism of both Durham's Ann Atwater, African American Activist, and C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the KKK in Durham during a charrette lead by former councilman, Bill Riddick. The unexpected union yields a legendary story of racial solidarity.  The play is a part of Durham 150 Celebration.

Blues for an Alabama Sky written by Pearl Cleage and directed by NCCU's Theatre Professor Kenneth Hinton ends the fall semester.  The drama, set in the 1930's renaissance, tells the story of Cotton Club artists', Angel and Guy, aspiration for success against the backdrop of the struggle for racial advancement. This presentation is a part of NCCU's Humanities and Arts Series.

Premiering as the first production of the CAS Annual Dean's Theatre Series and co-sponsored with the Music Department, Dreamgirls opens the Spring semester with its blazing energy and pizzazz. Directed by NCCU's new Theatre Professor, Dr. Nadia Bodie-Smith, this broadway musical, by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen, infuses the inside stories of R&B legends such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, and Jackie Wilson and others.

Dance Professor Kristi Johnson shows the elegance of department with NCCU Dance Repertory Company's Spring Showcase. The dance recital excellently displays the dance styles and techniques of the dance program.

Lastly, Shakespeare brings a dynamic end to a compelling display of shows with the dramatic and comedic gymastics of Twelfth Night directed by Durham's acclaimed artist, Jameeka Holloway, founder of Black Ops Theatre Company.

NCCU's Department of Theatre hopes the camups as well as the Durham community share its excitement about this eclectic season.  A seat awaits all of Durham's theatre lovers and supporters.

For any additional questions, please contact the theatre office at 919-530-6242 or send an email to NCCUtheatre@nccu.edu.



Published: Saturday, September 07, 2019
by Chair and Associate Professor, Stephanie Asabi M Howard [ this function might malfinction on the test server ]
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