Karamu House

Main Stage

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 Christmas Is Comin’ Uptown
Christmas Is Comin’ Uptown (Musical)
Music by Garry Sherman  Book by Philip Rose and Peter Udell
Lyrics by Peter Udell
Based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Director: Richard A. Morris Jr.

December 6 –  December 29, 2013

Preview Performance - Thursday, December 5th @ 7:30 PM

All those Dickensian characters dancing, jiving and swinging to a Harlem beat? Right on! Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose an apartment house, a recreation center and a church when his late partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds. He comes upon his own grave after watching tiny Tim's burial procession and he's reformed. Shedding his nightshirt, he orders Chinese food and Jewish deli (the only food available this Christmas morn) for the Cratchits. Karamu’s addition to the classic tale includes a rousing gospel number in a Baptist church.

  Ceremonies in Dark Old Men
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men  (Classic Drama)
by Lonne Elder III

Director: Christopher Johnston                 

January 31 – February 23, 2014

Preview Performance - Thursday, January 30th @ 7:30 PM

Ceremonies in Dark Old Men is the poignant story of a family in 1950s Harlem. In timeless prose, Lonne Elder explores the discontent of a generation that has grown old before its time, and the determination of the next generation to avoid such a fate. In the play,        Russel B. Parker is a prodigal father and failed barber who exists on memories and "ceremonies" for survival.
 The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity 
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Satire) (Ohio Premiere)
by Kristoffer Diaz

Director: Terrence Spivey

March 14 – April 6, 2014

Preview Performance - Thursday, March 13th @ 7:30 PM

“Let’s get ready to rumble!”  Mace is a professional wrestler. He’s a really good professional wrestler. He’s not the champion though — that’s the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan for the duo: put them on screen as terrorists. But when their rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes in the name of ratings, all three men find themselves fighting for much more than just the title. A serious minded comedy about wrestling, geopolitics, and raisin bread.  [Contains Adult Themes and Content]

The Color Purple
Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros/Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture Book by Marsha Norman; Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray

Director: Terrence Spivey

May 23 – June 15, 2014

Preview Performance - Thursday, May 22th @ 7:30 PM

It is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story.

From My Hometown: A Rags to Riches Celebration of the American Dream in Classic Rhythm and Blues
From My Hometown: A Rags to Riches Celebration of the American Dream In Classic Rhythm and Blues 
Conceived by Lee Summers  Written by Lee Summers,                 Ty Stephens & Herbert Rawlings, Jr.

(Musical)        (Ohio Premiere)

September 27 - October 13, 2013

Preview Performance - Thursday, September 26th @ 7:30 PM

This musical follows the tale of three enthusiastic singers-to-be (Philly, Memphis and Detroit) who hop to New York City in the early 1980s for their big shot at fame: a talent contest at the Apollo. It consists of 37 R&B songs; most of them are pre-existing numbers by such writers as Isaac Hayes and Steve Cooper but there are also several new ones by Lee Summers, Ty Stephens, and Herbert Rawlings, Jr. Some of the well-known songs include "Chain Gang," “Me and Mrs. Jones,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “Stand By Me” and “Tobacco Road.”
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers (Dramedy) (Ohio Premiere)
by Gavin Lawrence

Director: Terrence Spivey

October 25 – November 17, 2013

Preview Performance - Thursday, October 24th @ 7:30 PM 

Within the confines of an upscale Washington D.C. flower shop, and in the course of one day, six men and one courageous woman come to terms with being African American in the                                                                          new millennium. 

     ***[Contains Adult Themes and Content]