Theater Alliance, a company which over the years has faced long odds, celebrates its success at Anacostia Playhouse by producing four plays about underdogs overcoming the odds in 2016-2017.
The Theater Alliance season will open with brownsville song (b-side for tray), Kimber Lee’s story about a young man of great promise, killed in a drug incident, and the effort of those around him to cope with what happened. “Kimber Lee’s heartfelt drama about the brief life and senseless death of a kid from a rough Brooklyn neighborhood has a lot to say about urban violence,” according to Variety’s Marilyn Stasio. brownsville song will run from September 15 to October 9 of this year.
For the holidays, Theater Alliance will reintroduce a perennial favorite — Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity. The story, as you might imagine, is of the birth of Jesus Christ, swaddled in gospel hymns personally selected by Hughes. Black Nativity will run from November 23 to December 31, 2016.
Mnemonic, a complex play simultaneously about a man whose girlfriend has left suddenly for Eastern Europe in an effort to find a father she never met and the discovery of the body of a five thousand year old man in a block of ice, will kick of the new year for Theater Alliance. Artistic Director Colin Hovde will direct this play, which involves audience participation. Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp calls it “a visual feast of movement, light and sound.” Mnemonic will run from March 16 to April 9, 2017.
Theater Alliance wraps up its season with a play that has not yet been written — Mollye Maxner’s A Beautiful Thing, a story about women in boxing (in the 1950s!), interracial adoption, and memory. Maxner, whose acclaimed Occupied Territories will be getting a run in Martha’s Vineyard, will direct the show; Kelly Maxner will be the choreographer. A Beautiful Thing (which may have a different title by the time the play is performed) will run from June 8 to July 2 of next year.