JUBILEE THEATRE



JUBILEE THEATRE


HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS FIRST 100 YEARS

HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS FIRST 100 YEARS

Performance: May 26 - June 25, 2017
Play By: Emily Mann
Adapted from the book by Sarah l. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany

103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While they make dinner to remember their father's birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. History at its most immediate, and poignant.

Jubilee Theatre, the Fort Worth / Dallas area's only African-American theater producing a full season of shows, exists to create and present theatrical works that reflect the African-American experience. Located at 506 Main Street in Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth, Jubilee Theatre is easily accessible from anywhere in the DFW Metroplex.

 


JUBILEE ANNOUNCES 36th ANNIVERSARY 2016 - 2017 SEASON

Working - A Musical
From the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Dance Music by Michele Brourman
Original production directed by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray
Sept. 30 - Oct. 30, 2016
The Perfect Musical for Anyone Who Has Ever Worked a Day in their Life!
The characters of WORKING are everybody you know! The situations are everyday situations. But this musical is anything but ordinary. A different look at the seemingly humdrum lives of working people reveals a myriad variety of hopes, aspirations and dreams. Of course, to some, life is a Monday to Friday drudge, but to others there is great pride in their daily routine. A powerful contemporary score with songs by Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor among others, backed by a vital and dramatic book makes this show a winner.

The Gifts of the Magi
By Randy Courts and Mark St. Germain
Directed by William (Bill) Earl Ray
Nov. 25 - Dec. 24, 2016
A Christmas Musical of True Love - In Lean Times
Based on the classic O. Henry short story and told through music and lyrics, this is a story of two very poor people who loved each other so much that each sold their most prized possession to buy the other a Christmas present. In addition to their story, there are also various city folk going about their holiday business, and the hilarious plight of a cheerful bum named Soapy, who wants only to get arrested so he can spend the night in a cozy cell, all told by a tuneful newsboy-narrator, Willy, who adds his own melodious contribution and informative observations to the delightful proceedings.

Thurgood
By George Stevens Jr.
Directed By Dr. Harry Parker
Jan. 27 - Feb. 26, 2017
The Law can be a Powerful Tool for Social Change
Prior to his appointment to United States Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall worked tirelessly as a lawyer for the NAACP. This one man play tells the story of his role in the civil rights movement and the people that influenced him. Both historical and inspiring, the heroism of Marshall's life's work and the hard-fought civil-rights victories achieved under his stewardship are truly uplifting, and will leave you misty-eyed with that famous line from the play, "Oh, let America be America again".

Two Trains Running
By August Wilson
Directed By William (Bill) Earl Ray
Mar. 17 - Apr. 16, 2017
The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1969 and Memphis Lee's diner is scheduled to be torn down, a casualty of the city's renovation project. Struggling to cope with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and the diner regulars fight to hang on to their solidarity and sense of community. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and the unsung men and women who are anything but ordinary.

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years
A Play By Emily Mann
Adapted from the book by Sarah l. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany
With Amy Hill Hearth
May 26 - June 25, 2017
103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While they make dinner to remember their father's birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. History at its most immediate, and poignant.

Beehive - The 60's Musical
Created by Larry Gallagher
Directed By William (Bill) Earl Ray
July 28 - Aug. 27, 2017
A wild toe-tapping, head shakin' musical tribute to the rockin' women who made the music of the '60s so special - everyone from Lesley Gore to Janis Joplin, from the Shirelles to the Supremes, Aretha Franklin to Tina Turner. And every woman in between! Featuring such iconic tunes as My Boyfriend's Back, One Fine Day, Downtown, Proud Mary and Piece of My Heart, Beehive will have you dancing in your seats.

 

A Message from the Artistic Director -
What a fabulous world we live in - in this place we call the theatre! This is the place where we have the opportunity to reach out and hopefully make a difference in someone's life and as Artistic Director of Jubilee Theatre- that is the vision that I can see most clearly for the future of the company.

As an African American Director, I feel it is my duty and responsibility to produce plays and present roles that compensate for the lack of our own conservatories. To shape opportunities for African-American actors, which offer roles that go beyond the stereotypical urban suspects, and to reveal the deeper and varied resources of our culture- while remaining true to our mission.

The theme of our 2016-2017 Season is "Places in Time" and it is my sincere hope that you will travel with us for what we feel will be a glorious ride from places in our chronological past and into the time of our theatres future! Enjoy the Season!

Bill Ray
William (Bill) Earl Ray

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