JTP's 2018-19 season will focus on women. Women becoming whole. Women empowered. 

The season will include a classic Ibsen tale with a modern twist; a funny and poignant glimpse into a tiny sewing factory in L.A.; our annual holiday gospel show of "Black Nativity"; a historical trip down a river in 1890; the true story of a man who lives as a woman to survive the Nazi regime; and a musical that will transform and inspire.

S/HE IS. Becoming Whole

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October 12 - 28, 2018. JTP Main Stage Season Opener: A DOLL'S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen. Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell. Location: Umstead Park UCC, Raleigh. 

Not your mom's doll's house.... 

The door slam heard round the world. A modern, multicultural, celebrity inspired, selfie-taking, instagram posting, live-tweeting version of one of the most celebrated classics of female-centric theatre with its then shocking, now progressive final moments. 

Nora is a woman accustomed to men creating her life for her. As accusations about Torvald’s shady, personal dealings become the center of potential blackmail, Nora identifies (and articulates) how trapped she has felt her entire life, and leaves her husband and children. Unawares of what lies ahead but carrying a stronger sense of self into it. 

Adapted by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, Jackson Cooper, Aurelia Belfield, and members of The Justice Theater Project. The production will be partially video taped, and will include relevant modern cultural references.


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November 9-11, 2018. Staged Reading. REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josephina Lopez.

Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., the outrageously funny story of five full-figured Mexican-American women who are trying to keep their tiny factory from going under. And while they work, and hide from the INS, they talk... about their husbands and lovers, their children, their dreams for the future. A microcosm of the Latina immigrant experience, celebrates real women's bodies, and the incredible bond that happens when women work together. 

Director: "Real Women Have Curves" 

The Justice Theater Project is looking for recommendations for Latina/Hipsanic directors and actresses for its upcoming staged reading of "Real Women Have Curves." Please forward your recommendations to jerrysipp@yahoo.com.

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December 16, 17 and 18, 2018. (4 shows) JTP's Annual Holiday Production: BLACK NATIVITY by Langston Hughes. Directed by Deb Royals. Sponsored by Carol Woods. 

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, NC State University

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February 8-24, 2019. Main Stage Production. MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus. Directed by Jules Odendahl-James.

Based on the book THE EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND ITS CANYONS by John Wesley Powell. An all woman cast portrays Powell, a stately one-armed army major, and his 10 man 1869 expedition as it wends its way in four boats through perilous waters to create the first official map of the region. The humor lies in the male bluster and bravado portrayed by women, and the cliché of the archetypal heroes and adventurers. 

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April 5-7, 2019. Staged Reading. I AM MY OWN WIFE by Doug Wright. Directed by Jackson Cooper

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, was elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transvestite, who tells the story of hiding from the Nazis in plain sight as a woman. Wright uses more than 30 characters—all played by one actor—to piece together Charlotte's controversial life. Winner:  2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Play.  ~Educational programming: Women and gender from a transgender perspective.  Male-to-Female citizens in a sense about women. Strong women in history, women’s bodies and identity in the unique perspective of a trans man in mid-20th century Berlin. Charlotte’s story is one that will educate audiences not only for its moving narrative, but for its timeliness of advocating for one’s own identity when a government tries so hard to suppress it.

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June, 7-23, 2019 JTP's Main Stage season musical finale: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner.

 Set in 1963 Louisiana, a provocative story of political change, social change... and pocket change.

Featuring a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie), it blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies. In 1963, the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline, live in sleepy Lake Charles, Louisiana. Caroline is drifting through life as a single mother of four working in a service job to a white family. A fragile, yet beautiful friendship develops between the young Gellman son, Noah, and Caroline. A sung-through musical, CAROLINE OR CHANGE offers multiple layers of political, social, and feminist themes. Equally representing the voices.  The big issues of the day play out in the domestic, female-oriented space of the home.  The musical examines the intersection of gender, race, religion, and class, presenting women within the larger context of history and faith.