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Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?
2020-2021 Canon Season
Jitney is the eighth play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. It takes place in The Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1977, in a gypsy cab station, during Pittsburgh’s period of so-called “urban renewal.” As the city tries to shut down businesses — including the cab station — to make way for new building, we meet five gypsy cab drivers struggling to survive.
Solomon a commercial developer revitalizes dying city hubs and remodels then to prosper in the 21st century technology market. On the eve of his biggest pitch, Solomon returns to his condo as he awaits the arrival of his current partner, Amir to flush out their pitch. Solomon takes a moment for himself, takes a breath and decides to take a shower. Enters Zenobi unannounced , Solomon ex-partner, returning from a self-love-discovering world trip. She takes in the world that is no longer her’s. Before she can escape without being seen, Solomon returns to the living room where the ex-partners meet for the first time and feelings of the past awaken. Before space can be re-establishes between the two the sounds of a semi-auto gun ripples off the roof and the outside world rallies to the call of danger as a Mass Shooter is killing civilians outside of their condo. When the building go into lockdown Solomon and Zenobi are forced to figure out a way to exist in their own shared space as patterns of their past relationship rekindle emotionally, physically and professionally. Partners is a contemporary love story about the challenges of time, space, and the outside world breaching in.
2020-2021 Canon Season
Two rival teenage gangs, the Jets (White Americans) and the Sharks (Puerto Rican Americans), struggle for control of their neighborhood on the Upper West Side of New York City (Prologue). They are warned by police officers Krupke and Lt. Schrank to stop fighting on their beat. The police chase the Sharks off, and then the Jets plan how they can assure their continued dominance of the street. The Jets’ leader, Riff, suggests setting up a rumble with the Sharks. He plans to make the challenge to Bernardo, the Sharks’ …
Christmas isn’t about the gifts — it’s about the people you spend it with. You probably didn’t need us to tell you that, but the protagonists in Gift of the Magi 2.0 could probably use a reminder. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square presents this adaptation of O. Henry’s timeless holiday fable by N. Emil Thomas for the 5th year in a row. Jim, an Atlanta streetcar driver struggling to make ends meet during the Atlanta Transit Strike of 1950, goes to great lengths to buy a Christmas gift for his wife Della, unaware that Della is going to similar lengths to afford a gift for him. This story of family, sacrifice and the blessings we take for granted is coming
The Mountain top is a fictional retelling of how Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last night on earth, before his tragic assassination. After delivering his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop speech” on behalf of the sanitation workers in Memphis, Martin goes to the Lorraine Motel to rest before another long day of campaigning. His world is spun on his axis when he meets Camae, a beautiful maid, who delivers his room service. At first, they only exchange flirtatious remarks, but soon they start a deep dialogue about Martin’s hopes and fears, and the two develop a true understanding. When Camae reveals that she is an angel that has come to prepare…