“Ty Jones, the theater company’s artistic director and a commanding stage presence, tackles the title role… Jason Delane as Macduff makes its most heart-wrenching moment very effective”
THE FIRST NOEL
This Harlem-based holiday musical features music that crosses genres—from pop to jazz to gospel — to tell a universal story of love and belonging. This presentation follows three generations of a Harlem family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one. Time is slow to heal this family’s wounds until an unexpected visit from Grandma reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. This story is about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love during the holiday season.
“this good-looking, high-energy show is packed with vocal talent and propelled by a terrific five-piece band.”
Fit for a Queen is inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, a highborn woman who ruled as a pharaoh in ancient Egypt. This tale of intrigue, farce, and sexual politics highlights a largely unknown story of an incredibly compelling African woman. Hatshepsut takes power and maintains control of the economic and cultural superpower of the ancient world. Her son in law, Thutmose III, battles her for the kingship, vowing to erase every trace of her rule from the historical record. Their epic struggle both influenced and has resonance with most hot-button issues about gender equality facing our world today.
“Through Thompson’s very human portrayal, we see this mighty ruler’s frustration with daily family drama, her concern over how she is viewed by her people, and her sincere confusion when she is potentially going to be passed over as pharaoh in favor of her daughter’s husband Tutu… Ms. Irving lights up the stage whenever present, helping to propel the production and drawing in the audience even more.”