2019-2020 Season of shows

From Monologue to Dialogue. Open Communication Opening Minds.

With an election year upon us, the JTP Board and Artistic leadership is taking a deep dive into how we communicate, (or how we don’t), when up against life’s major and minor events.

We’ll explore one of the most famous trials of the early 20th century, watch a beauty queen re-write the Constitution, bring “Black Nativity” to new audiences at the North Carolina Museum of Art, get real in a small Pennsylvania factory town, create a jury room that reflects “today”, and in June of 2020 we’ll have our own national election based on love and a baking competition!

INHERIT THE WIND

By Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee

September 13-23, 2019  Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh

"The man who has everything figured out is probably a fool.”  

In a sleepy Bible Belt town a teacher is arrested for defying state law by teaching Darwin's Theory to his class. Matthew Harrison Brady, a Presidential contender, joins the prosecution against “Evil-ution,” prompting the Baltimore Herald to hire renowned attorney Henry Drummond for the defense. Based on the infamous Scopes “Monkey” Trial, an epic Clash of the Titans ensues in the true Trial of the Century.

 THE TAMING

by Lauren Gunderson

October 25- November 3, 2019

“The entire history and reality of this country is insane.  So the way I see it? The crazier your plan? The better.”

In this hilarious, raucous, all-female "power-play" inspired by Shakespeare's Shrew, beauty contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator's aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip. Here's lookin' at you, America.

 

BLACK NATIVITY

by Langston Hughes

THE MUSIC OF BLACK NATIVITY: December 12 at 7:30 p.m., December 14 at 2:00 p.m. and December 14 at 7:30 p.m. North Carolina Museum of Art. (These musical performances are not a part of our season subscription)

FULL PRODUCTIONS OF BLACK NATIVITY: December 15 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., December 16 and 17 at 7;30 p.m., 2019    Stewart Theatre, NC State University

For unto us, a child is born...”

Black Nativity is an African-American telling of the Nativity story, featuring the poetry and prose of acclaimed  poet/playwright Langston Hughes. This Gospel music experience takes us on a journey back to the Bethlehem of Mary and Joseph, resplendent in African costumes, uplifting songs of worship, and magnificent traditional dance. JTP's annual multicultural production features new songs, soloists and surprises each year.  A true Christmas celebration for the whole family.

 

SWEAT 

By Lynn Nottage  

February 14 – March 1, 2020, Umstead Park United Church of Christ

Regional Premiere of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-Winner

"Three generations of loyalty to the same company. This is America, right? You'd think that would mean something."  

This gritty, slice-of-life ensemble drama chronicles steel workers in the Rust Belt sharing a lifetime of drinks, secrets, laughter and friendship. After one of their own is promoted into management, a strike, layoffs, lockouts and picket lines eat away at their trust, leading to an “us vs. them” battle over NAFTA, income inequality, unions, race, and loyalty.

  

TWELVE ANGRY JURORS

Based on the Emmy Award-Winning television movie by Reginald Rose. Adapted for the stage by Sherman L. Sergel

April 17 – 26, 2020  Saint Augustine University’s Theatre    

"There were eleven votes for guilty - it's not so easy for me to raise my hand and send a boy off to die without talking about it first."

A 19-year-old is on trial for murdering his father. An open and shut case. Eleven jurors vote guilty. One wants to talk. Tempers flare, prejudices are revealed, and battle lines are drawn and redrawn in a heated and thrilling exploration of reasonable doubt, justice, and the truth. Updating Twelve Angry Men to a gender neutral, multicultural cast only heightens the immediacy and relevance of this powerful drama.

 

The Gershwins’ OF THEE I SING

Music by George Gershwin   Lyrics by Ira Gershwin   Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind

June 12 – 28, 2020    Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh

“We'll Impeach Him!”

This Gershwin classic was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize. The all-American political satire focuses on the election campaign and Presidency of John P. Wintergreen, who runs on the Love Platform. He promises that if elected he will marry the winner of an Atlantic City beauty pageant. When he falls for a campaign secretary (who bakes a mean corn muffin), trouble ensues. With politicians skewered right and left, Of Thee I Sing is a hilarious and timeless send-up of national institutions, and the perfect musical for a tumultuous election year. 

 

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