The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

Book Adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks, Musical Score Adapted by Deidre L. Murray

Friday/Saturday nights, June 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8:00pm

Sundays, June 11, 18 and 25 at 3:00pm

Saturday, June 24 at 2:00pm

Saturday, June 17th VIP NIGHT Fundraiser: $50 per person includes VIP seating for the show, Food, Drink, JTP Singers, Silent Auction. $25 for Season Members.  Email us for your spot today!


Umstead Park United Church of Christ. 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh 27617

Tickets on sale March 1st

Adults $27.00, Senior/Student/Military $23.00, Groups of 10+ $20

Email for disability and season member ticketing. Or call 919-264-7089

Adapted by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who through radically fresh eyes inspires us to think anew about economic justice, race, and American history.

Social Justice Advocates and Nonprofits:

During the ten performances of Porgy and Bess, JTP will feature one group per show in the lobby.  If you would like to be an "Intermission Advocate", talk to the public about your groups great work in the community, and have your information at a table during one of the shows, please email us.

  Porgy and Bess Cast List

Porgy – Phillip Bernard Smith

*Bess – Danielle Long

Crown – Chase Rivers

Sportin Life – Christopher N. Bailey, Sr./JaJuan Cofield

Jake – Moses Alexander Green

Clara – Connie McCoy

Robbins- Gerard Williams

Serena – Terra Hodge

Frazier – JaJuan Cofield/Christopher N. Bailey, Sr.

Mariah – MeMe Cowans Taylor

Crab Man – David Thomas (Robbins Understudy)

Honey Man – Juan Isler (Porgy and Sportin’ Life Understudy)

Mingo – T.J. Swann (Crown and Jake Understudy)

Detective – TBD

Policeman – Sean Gargan

Lawyer – Michael Lester

Strawberry Woman – Chanda Branch

Ensemble with Understudies Indicated:

Aya Wallace – Annie (Bess Understudy)

India Williams – Lilly (Clara Understudy)

Tieshya Coleman – Woman of Catfish Row, Serena Understudy

Lynnette Barber – Woman of Catfish Row (Mariah Understudy)

Maria Barber – Woman of Catfish Row (Strawberry Woman Understudy)

India Williams – Woman of Catfish Row

Alana Bleimann – Woman of Catfish Row

Vincent Bland – Fisherman – Mingo, Honey Man and Crab Man Understudy

Children of Catfish Row:

Jarius Copeny

Kaori Doughty

Jada Lewis

Noah Gilford

Leah Gilford

Seth Schenall

*Member of Actors Equity Association