From left: Pearl Cleage, Katori Hall and Lisa B. Thompson

2018-19 for Soul Rep

Soul Rep Theatre Company's 12th season features regional premieres Lisa B. Thompson, Pearl Cleage and Katori Hall, and more.

published Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Playwright Lisa B. Thompson

Dallas — The 12th season for Soul Rep Theatre Company has been announced, and as befits a company run by fierce black women, the lineup features mostly plays by black women, all regional premieres: Lisa B. Thompson's Single Black Female, Pearl Cleage's Bourbon at the Border, and Katori Hall's Hurt Village. The fourth work in the four-show mainstage lineup is a collaboration with Dallas Children's Theater of Jerome Hariston's adaptation of Ezra Keats' The Snowy Day and Other Stories.

Snowy Day will performed at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts (DCT's home), and the others are at South Dallas Cultural Center.

Interestingly, for the first time in many seasons (maybe in Soul Rep's history), the season does not include a new play festival. But there are special events, such as a night of improv and an "old-fashioned talent show."

Below is the complete news release with dates, descriptions, ticketing info and more.


Soul Rep Theatre Company is excited to announce its 12th season of plays that will kick off this fall. The season includes four regional premieres, a collaboration with Dallas Children’s Theater, and two special events to showcase our dynamic company members and engage audiences in fun and unique ways. The company recently concluded its robust 11th season of plays in June, which proved to be a groundbreaking one for Soul Rep. It included four mainstage productions AND two successful bonus productions – THE FREEDMANS, the company’s offering for ATTPAC’s Elevator Project - and the world premiere of co-founder Anyika McMillan-Herod’s THE MONARCH, a co-production with Echo Theatre Company.

“Our theme for this season is Curtains Rising,” explains Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Tonya Holloway. “This is an exciting time for the company – a new day and a new season. We’re growing and making great strides in our commitment to produce quality theater that not only uplifts and enlightens the human spirit, but educates and challenges the norm.” The season includes four mainstage productions:


Single Black Female

by Lisa B. Thompson

November 8 – 17, 2018

Directed by company member, Rene Miche’al, is a witty two-woman show that examines the lives of thirty-something African American middle class women as they search for love, clothes, and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them among a parade of stereotypical images. A regional premiere!


The Snowy Day and Other Stories

By Ezra Keats; adapted by Jerome Hariston

Co-production with Dallas Children's Theater

December 8, 2018 – January 20, 2019

 A co-production with Dallas Children’s Theater. Directed by Soul Rep Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Guinea Bennett-Price, the production is an adaptation by Jerome Hariston of Ezra Keats’ delightful children’s books, including The Snowy Day, that follows a young African-American boy named Peter. This production will take place at the Dallas Children’s Theater. A regional premiere!


Bourbon at the Border

by Pearl Cleage

February 7 – 16, 2019

Will be directed by Soul Rep Co-Founder and Managing Director, Anyika McMillan-Herod. This stirring production tackles mental illness and follows May and Charlie, former Civil Rights activists, who are still searching for a way back from the damage that was done to them during “Freedom Summer.” A regional premiere!


Hurt Village

By Katori Hall

May 2 – 11, 2019

 Another regional premiere, is the fourth of celebrated playwright, Katori Hall’s, “Memphis Plays.” Directed by Guinea Bennett-Price, HURT VILLAGE is the story of a family on the cusp of hope and homelessness. Filled with rap and rhyme, this dynamic play is a lament for a proud old housing project community awaiting the bulldozer and the coming-of-age story of 13 year old, Cookie, a girl finding and fighting her way out.


With the exception of THE SNOWY DAY, the mainstage productions will take place on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 3 PM and 8 PM. Season tickets are now on sale! In addition to the season productions, Soul Rep will offer two pop up special events – MAKIN’ GROCERIES: A NIGHT OF IMPROV, in October and RIGHT ON!: AN OLD-FASHIONED TALENT SHOW, in March. Locations and details to be announced in September.

For more information on our season and FREE arts education programs, please visit or email You may also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Thanks For Reading

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2018-19 for Soul Rep
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