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2016 – 2017 Karamu Season

Friday, September 9 to Sunday, October 2, 2016

This Tony-nominated compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues tunes is a musical commentary on three women’s relationships with one snake of a guy. The evening’s music is raunchily forthright and good-humored with classic blues ranging from Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.

Friday, November 4 to Sunday, November 20, 2016 

This tense workplace thriller examines the realities of so-called “post- racial” when two co-workers—one black, the other white—are driven apart by the machinations of their boss. A chilling power struggle ensues that spins wildly out of control. RASHEEDA SPEAKING is an incisive and shocking dark comedy that keeps you in its claustrophobic grip until the final moment. .An exquisitely tense and often cringingly funny portrait of racial paranoia…Chilling. An incendiary play by Joel Drake Johnson.” —The New York Times. “

Friday, December 2 to Friday, December 30, 2016

When lively lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier sees her mobster beau, Vince LaRocca, commit murder, she is relocated for her protection. Set up in the guise of a nun in a California convent, Deloris proceeds to upend the quiet lives of the resident sisters. In an effort to keep her out of trouble, they assign Deloris to the convent’s choir, an ensemble that she soon turns into a vibrant and soulful act that gains widespread attention.

Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 26, 2017

What if you knew an injustice had been done,and you had it in your power to make it right? It’s 2001, and the Davis family gathers for a typical holiday celebration in their native Tulsa, Oklahoma. But all goes awry when Lois insists the family join a lawsuit seeking reparations for the Tulsa Race Riots that devastated the Davis family 80 years ago.

Friday, April 28 to Sunday, May 14, 2017

At first the Sycamore family seems mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirby’s. Tony, attractive young son of the Kirby’s, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirby’s, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores; particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa’s interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn’t believe in the income tax.