The Justice Theater Project ~2017-2018 ~ “What Will We Tell Our Children” – A season about Race, Equity and Identity that examines ways of moving forward as a part of this nation understanding that "We are The People."
"A Soldier’s Play” by Charles Fuller. Directed by Avis Hatcher-Puzzo
Umstead Park UCC 8208 Brownleigh Driver, Raleigh A black sergeant cries out in the night, "They still hate you," then is shot twice and falls dead. Set in 1944 at Fort Neal, a segregated army camp in Louisiana, Charles Fuller's forceful drama--which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and has been regularly seen in both its original stage and its later screen version--tracks the investigation of this murder. A Soldier's Play is more than a detective story: it is a tough, incisive exploration of racial tensions and ambiguities among blacks and between blacks and whites that gives no easy answers and assigns no simple blame.
“Black Nativity” By Langston Hughes. Directed by Deb Royals, Music Direction by Carolyn Colquitt
Stewart Theatre, NC State University campus. December 16-18, 2017 Directed by JTP’s founding Artistic Director Deb Royals. Music Direction by Carolyn Colquitt. A Downtown Raleigh Holiday Tradition. Back for a seventh year of sold out performances! With shows traditionally selling out one month prior to opening, JTP has once again secured the beautiful 750 seat Stewart Theatre on the NC State University campus. JTP presents this beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus according to the Gospel of Saint Luke with the lyrical verse and poetry of Langston Hughes, including gospel music and dance. JTP includes a multi-cultural chorus in all “Black Nativity” productions.
“Bent” by Martin Sherman. Directed by Joel Rainey
February 9 - 18. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh. It was a passing reference to “pink triangles” in “As Time Goes By”, a 1976 play about a century of gay life, that caught Martin Sherman’s attention. As he put it, “It was one of those awful clichés—you could see the light bulb going off over my head.” That eureka moment led to “Bent”, Sherman’s path-breaking 1979 drama about the Third Reich’s persecution of homosexuals, and that in turn led to the widespread adoption of the pink triangle—a sewn-on badge of shame for gay men in the Nazi concentration camps—as a gay rights logo during the AIDS-ravaged 1980s and beyond.
“Oliver!” Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart. Directed by Jerry Sipp, Music Direction by Ronzel Bell